Three thoughts on Caps win

Three thoughts on Caps win
December 10, 2011, 2:48 pm
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Here are three observations from Friday nights 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Verizon Center:

1. The Capitals showed some different looks on a power play that went 4-for-6. On one unit, Alex Ovechkin was on the left point. On another he was down low at the left side of the net. Its Dale Hunters way of allowing his captain to use his creativity at different areas in the offensive zone.

2. Center Nicklas Backstrom is quietly having an amazing season. He collected a goal and two assists against the Leafs and has five points in his last two games, both of which have come while playing on a line with Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin. Backstrom also won 12 of his 22 faceoffs. The lines production likely will cool off trade rumors involving Semin.

3. After taking a combined 81 shifts in their win in Ottawa, defensemen Karl Alzner and John Carlson combined for 52 shifts against the Maple Leafs. Why? Because in Ottawa, assistant coach Jim Johnson kept trying to match the Caps top pair without the benefit of getting the last change. Because the Caps were at home on Friday, Johnson had the last change and got Alzner and Carlson out against Phil Kessels line without having to do it on the fly.