Its far too early to say the Capitals power play is backon track. In fact, that might not be the case until Mike Green is back on theice quarterbacking it.
But the Caps did score one power-play goal and nettedanother one second after a Coyotes penalty expired in their 4-3 win Monday night. Before that, the Caps had gone five straight games without a power-play goal, going 0-for-22.
Both power-play goals Monday night came on blasts from the point, the first from John Carlson and thesecond from Brooks Laich.It helps give you some confidence and helps you win hockeygames, Caps defenseman Roman Hamrlik said. Brooksies shot and Johns shot isa good example at what can happen when you get the puck through.
With Alex Semin not in the lineup, the Caps went with a first unit of Laich and Dennis Wideman on the blue line and Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Troy Brouwer up front. Their second unit had rookie Cody Eakin with forwards Marcus Johansson and Mike Knuble and Carlson and Roman Hamrlik on the points.
It will be interesting to see if Bruce Boudreau sticks with those combinations or goes back to Semin and uses him on the man-advantage Wednesday night against the Jets.