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Post Game Notes and Audio, WSH vs. STL, 1/7/18

January 7, 2018

Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues

Postgame Notes and Audio

Capital One Arena | January 7, 2018








St. Louis Blues






Washington Capitals






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Team Schedule

·        The Capitals will practice at 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Monday with media availability to follow.


Player Notes

·        Nicklas Backstrom recorded the game-winning goal, his ninth goal of the season. That goal was the 197 th of his career, passing Bengt-Ake Gustafsson and tying Alexander Semin for fifth on the Capitals’ all-time goals list. Backstrom also recorded an assist on Ovechkin’s goal. That’s his third-straight game with an assist (5a).

·       Alex Ovechkin tied the game in the third period with his 27th goal of the season, which leads the NHL. Ovechkin sits 13 power play goals shy of passing Dino Ciccarelli (232) for 9th on the NHL's all-time power-play goals list. Additionally, Ovechkin recorded a primary assist on Connolly’s goal and now sits five assists away from 500 career assists.

·        Brett Connolly started off the scoring for the Capitals. Connolly was tied for the team lead in the month of December in goals (6) with Ovechkin. It's the fourth time this season he's scored the team's first goal and the second time he's scored the game's first goal. Connolly has nine goals and 12 points on the season. Last year, Connolly set a career high with 15 goals and is on pace for 18 this season. Additionally, Connolly led the team in shot attempts percentage at five-on-five (20 for, 5 against, 80.0 shot attempts percentage).

·        John Carlson recorded two assists. That marked his 28th and 29th assist of the season, second among defensemen in the NHL. Carlson's 33 points in 42 games are four points shy of his 72-game total last season (9g, 28a) and he has surpassed his assist mark in 30-fewer games.

·        Braden Holtby stopped 31 of the 34 shots, including 30 of 32 at even strength.

·        T.J. Oshie recorded two assists, snapping a five-game pointless streak.

·        Madison Bowey recorded an assist, his ninth of the season, which is tied for the fourth-most among NHL rookie defensemen.

·        Lars Eller recorded his sixth goal of the season.

·        Jay Beagle led the team with nine faceoff wins on 14 draws (64 percent).


Team Notes

·        With the win, Washington improved to 26-13-3 on the season and remain in first place in the Metropolitan Division.  

·        The Capitals have won nine-straight games at home. That’s the longest home streak of any team in the NHL.  

·        The Capitals have gone 12-2-2 in their last 16 games.

·        Washington recorded 18 shots in the third period. That’s the second-most shots in a single period this season (22 in third period vs. Minnesota on Nov. 18).

·        The Capitals are 17-0-1 this season when they hold a lead after the first period.

·        Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals 385 th consecutive sellout at Capital One Arena.


Capitals Postgame Audio

Nicklas Backstrom

Brett Connolly

Lars Eller

Braden Holtby

Alex Ovechkin

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz


St. Louis Blues Postgame Audio

Carl Gunnarsson

Carter Hutton

Paul Stastny

Blues head coach Mike Yeo