News and notes from the Capitals’ 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets Thursday night at Verizon Center:
Ovi turns 40: Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 40th goal, marking the sixth time he’s scored 40 goals in his nine-year career.
"It’s a good number," Ovechkin said. "I’m pretty sure it’s not my last goal, so I don’t want to stop. I just want to keep going."
The last time Ovechkin scored 40 also came in an Olympic year. He had 42 goals before that Olympic break and finished with 50 goals. He netted eight goals in 18 games after the break.
Ovechkin is also the first Caps player to hit 40 goals six times. Mike Gartner shared the previous record of five 40-goal seasons.
Cut it in half: Defensemen Julien Brouillette and Patrick Wey both earned their first NHL point with assists on Tom Wilson’s third period goal.
So who gets the puck?
“I told them both to enjoy the moment," Caps coach Adam Oates said. "It can be overwhelming. Try and do the best you can [and play] as simple as you can. I thought they played with good confidence and as the game went along, I thought [assistant coach Calle Johansson] put them out in the right situations to get a little bit of confidence. I thought they played really solid, very reliable, and they moved the puck well.”
Two for Brouwer: Troy Brouwer’s two goals marked his first two-goal game since April 20. He managed three two-goal games last season. Marcus Johansson assisted on both of Brouwer’s goals, giving him six multi-assist games this season.
Carly time: Caps defenseman John Carlson led all skaters in ice time [25:26] and led the caps with blocked shots .
Another milestone: Center Casey Wellman registered his first assist of the season and won 9 of 10 faceoffs.
Big finish: Thursday night the second time this season the Caps scored three or more goals in the third period.
Killers: The Caps are 0-for-10 on the power play in their past two games but they are 19 for 21 on the penalty kill in their last five games. They took just one penalty against the Jets while drawing four
What the Jets were saying: “We’ll leave this game entirely here. We’re not bringing any of it on the plane. We will look at the things structurally that are part of every game, not just specific to the Washington game, and keep trying to get better.” – coach Paul Maurice
“They have some guys that can score. If you give them time and space, they’re going to make plays and do things pretty special out there.” – Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian