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Caps Today, 3/6/18

March 6, 2018
The Capitals face the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center tonight in the second and final meeting between the teams this season. Washington won the most recent matchup 3-2 in overtime at Capital One Arena on Dec. 16. The Capitals are 17-15-1-1 all-time against the Ducks and 8-7-1-0 at Honda Center.

Jay Beagle has won 30 of his last 34 face-offs (88.24 percent), including 20 out of 22 in the defensive zone (90.1 percent) and five out of six shorthanded (83.3 percent). Beagle's 17 face-off wins against the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 27 was the most face-off wins by a Capital this season, while his 92.9 success rate (13 out of 14) against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 3 was the greatest success rate of any player in the NHL in a single game this season among players with at least 10 draws through games played March 5. This season, Beagle is tied for fourth in the NHL in face-off percentage among players with at least 700 face-offs (476 wins on 827 draws, 57.6 percent), second among players with at least 300 defensive zone draws (295 wins on 497 face-offs, 59.4 percent) and first among players with at least 200 shorthanded face-offs (108 wins on 204 draws, 52.9 percent). Since the 2014-15 season, Beagle ranks fifth among NHL players with at least 1,000 draws in face-off percentage (1,687 wins on 2,955 draws, 57.1 percent).


John Carlson: Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., Chad Dukes Versus The World, 106.7 The Fan

This Day in Capitals History

March 6, 1997: Peter Bondra had four goals and Joe Juneau had four assists as the Capitals beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche 6-3 before a sellout crowd of 18,130 at US Airways Arena. Bill Ranford made 28 saves and earned his second win in as many starts since being acquired in a trade with the Boston Bruins five days earlier. Additional info on the Caps history and behind-the-scenes stories can be found in '100 Things Capitals Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die'


Search for 600 - Alex Ovechkin recorded a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Mar. 3, which was his NHL-leading 40 of the season. That marked the ninth time in Ovechkin’s career he reached the 40-goal mark, becoming the sixth player in NHL history with at least nine 40-goal seasons (Wayne Gretzky: 12; Mario Lemieux: 10; Marcel Dionne: 10; Mike Gartner: 9; Mike Bossy: 9). Ovechkin also became the first player to reach the 40-goal mark this season, the seventh time in his career he became the first player to reach the milestone, setting a new record. Ovechkin sits at 598 career, and if he scores two goals within his next 13 games, he would become the fourth player in NHL history to record 600 career goals in under 1,000 games (Gretzky: 718 games; Lemieux: 719 games; Brett Hull: 900 games, per Elias Sports Bureau). In addition, Ovechkin would become the NHL's first player to join the 600 goals club since Jarome Iginla on Jan. 4, 2016 (1,432nd career game) and the only player to make his NHL debut after the 1996-97 season. Ovechkin made his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 2005. Ovechkin is also on pace for 90 points this season, which would be his highest total since the 2009-10 season (109 points, 50g, 59a). Additionally, it would be the first time he's averaged over a point per game in a season since the 2013-14 season, when he recorded 79 points (51g, 28a) in 78 games. Ovechkin is looking to record his eighth 50-goal season of his career. Only Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky have more 50-goal seasons, each with nine. No other player has at least seven. This season, 70 percent of Ovechkin's goals have come at even strength (28). That's the third-highest percentage of even-strength goals Ovechkin has scored in his career (2009-10: 74 percent; 2010-11: 78 percent). Since the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals (598), points (1,107), power play goals (224), power play points (430), game-winning goals (100), overtime goals (22, the NHL's all-time mark) and shots (4,820).an assist against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 26, and his 50 points (11g, 39a) are tied for third among NHL defensemen through games played Feb. 26, and his 39 assists rank fourth. Carlson is on pace for a career-high 65 points, and he's just five points shy of setting a new personal best. Carlson would become the eighth defensemen in franchise history to record 60 points in a season and the first since Mike Green in 2009-10 (76 points, 19g, 57a). Carlson is one of 28 active defensemen with 300 career points. Additionally, Carlson ranks fifth in shots among defensemen (179) through games played Feb. 26. This season, Carlson has recorded two 10-shot games and is the only defenseman in franchise history with two 10-shot games in a single season.

Outdoor Success - The Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 in the 2018 NHL Stadium Series game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Mar. 3, the Capitals’ third outdoor win in franchise history, and improved to 3-0-0 in outdoor games, one of two teams in the NHL with an undefeated record with at least three wins (New York Rangers: 4-0-0). Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and John Carlson each tied the outdoor game record for most points in a game (each with 1g, 2a). All three of Backstrom’s points came in the first period, matching Martin Havlat (2009 Winter Classic with the Chicago Blackhawks) as the only players to record three points in a single period in an outdoor game.

A Lot of Power - Since Feb. 2, the Capitals have the most successful power play in the NHL (10 goals on 33 opportunities, 30.3 percent). During that time frame, nine different Capitals have recorded a power play point. John Carlson's seven points (1g, 6a) on the power play leads the Capitals during the stretch, ranks fourth among defensemen in the NHL (Colorado Avalanche's Tyson Barrie: 1g, 8a; Tampa Bay Lightning's Victor Hedman: 1g, 7a; Minnesota Wild's Ryan Suter: 8a) and tied for 10th overall. Overall, the Capitals power play ranks fifth in the NHL this season (43 goals on 191 opportunities, 22.5 percent). Alex Ovechkin ranks fourth in the NHL with 12 power play goals, while Carlson ranks first among defensemen and eighth overall with 21 power play assists through games played March 4. Since Barry Trotz assumed the head coaching position in the 2014-15 season, Washington ranks first in power play percentage (215 goals on 926 opportunities, 23.2 percent). Ovechkin ranks first among active players with 224 power play goals and 10th in NHL history, while Nicklas Backstrom ranks fifth among active players in power play assists (260).

Kuz Control - Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal and recorded two assists against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 3, his 16th multipoint game of the season (second on the Capitals, Alex Ovechkin: 18) and his 31st career multi-assist game and his ninth this season. With his most recent goal, Kuznetsov tied his single-season high set in 2015-16 (20), and he reached the 20-goal mark for his second time in his career. Kuznetsov’s 173 career assists rank sixth among players selected in the 2010 draft, and his 1.95 assists per 60 minutes at five-on-five ranks first among 2010 draftees with at least four NHL games played. Kuznetsov is second on the Capitals in points (64p, 20g, 44a), and his 64 points are 13 points shy of his season-best 77 point season (20g, 57a) in 2015-16. In Kuznetsov's last four games, he has nine points (4g, 5a).

Duck Hunters - The Capitals have won six of their last eight games against the Ducks and have earned a point in 11 of their last 14 games against Anaheim (10-3-1). Alex Ovechkin has earned 23 points (10g, 13a) in 15 career games against Anaheim and the Capitals have posted an 9-2-0 record against the Ducks in games when Ovechkin earns a point. Nicklas Backstrom has recorded 17 points (6g, 11a) in 13 career games against the Ducks.

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps Start California Trip on Tuesday in Anaheim

Washington Post: After Stadium Series win, Braden Holtby putting struggles behind him

NBC Sports Washington: Alex Ovechkin already has his sights set on the next milestone after 600 Ovechkin has sights set on another 50-goal season

CBS Sports: Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly: Likely to play Tuesday

ESPN: NHL Award Watch: New leader for the Hart (Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson mentioned) / Some NHL awards we'd like to see: Breakthrough Player, Bobby Orr Trophy for top-scoring D-man (John Carlson mentioned)

Hockey News: Hedman Is The Norris Favorite, But These Defenders Aren't Letting Him Run Away With It (John Carlson mentioned)

LA Times: What we learned last week in the NHL: Nashville is serious about winning the Stanley Cup (Washington Capitals mentioned)

NBC Sports: NHL Power Rankings: The Panthers are not going away  (Washington Capitals mentioned)

NBC Sports Group: NBC Sports Group’s NHL Coverage This Week Highlighted By Battle Of Pennsylvania Tilt Between Penguins-Flyers On Wednesday Night Rivalry (Washington Capitals mentioned)

Sports Capitol: California Dreams Can Turn To Nightmares

Sports Illustrated: Power Rankings: Predators Getting Hot at the Right Time, Panthers on the Rise (Washington Capitals mentioned)

SportsNet: NHL deputy commissioner reinforces importance of outdoor games

STATS LLC: Caps start California trip at Anaheim

Washington Life: The 2018 Young & the Guest List (Jakub Vrana, Madison Bowey and Christian Djoos mentioned, page 36)

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Caps 365 | March 5 / Barry Trotz | March 5

ESPN New York: Ovi for MVP?

NBC Sports Washington: New Capitals Extra Podcast: Stadium Series — A night to remember / Ovi far from satisfied with 40 season goals

Sports Junkies: Beagle takes credit for at least two of Ovechkin's 598 goals / Jay Beagle shares his Stadium Series experience

TSN Toronto: Reda: Ovechkin is the best pure goal scorer of this generation

Ducks Clips:

Anaheim Calling: Anaheim Ducks Weekly Rankings Feb 24th-Mar 2nd: Let’s go to Disneyland!

Anaheim Ducks: Notes: Ducks Hit Home Stretch in Playoff Race

LA Times: Up next for the Ducks: Tuesday vs. Washington / What we learned from the Ducks' 6-3 win over Chicago

Orange County Register: Derek Grant proving his value to Ducks in defining season

Pucks of a Feather: Ducks 3 Stars of the Week