Ovi responds to big hit with big hit of his own
Sudden thoughts and second thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers Monday night at Verizon Center:
No NHL review: An NHL source said Tuesday the league reviewed the checks from behind by Alex Ovechkin on Mike Brown and Jason Chimera on Justin Schultz but did not deem either worthy of a hearing.
Out of Dodge: With their victory over the Oilers the Caps climbed out of the Metropolitan Division basement and into fifth place with a 2-4-0 record. That’s not saying much, considering only one team in the eight-team Metro Division has a winning record. After the Penguins [4-1-0] no team has more than two wins, including the New York Rangers [1-4-0], whom the Caps play Wednesday night.
Spreading the wealth: Thanks to a three-goal second period, Adam Oates was able to spread out ice time among his forwards Monday night. Ovechkin led all Caps forwards with 20:58 while rookie RW Tom Wilson [8:02] was the only forward under 10 minutes. It was the same on the back end, where John Carlson played a team-high 21:35, while Steve Oleksy was sixth at 17:37.
Rookie watch: Alex Urbom took 24 shifts, blocked one shot, recorded one shot and took one holding penalty in 17:45 of solid work alongside Carlson. Nate Schmidt was equally reliable alongside Oleksy, taking 21 shifts and recording two shots while cleanly getting the puck out of the Caps’ defensive zone.
Nick and Ovi: Nicklas Backstrom recorded his 22nd career three-assist game. He has an assist in four of his six games this season and five of his eight points this season are on the power play [1 goal, 4 assists]. Ovechkin has scored a goal in five of his six games this season and six of his nine points are on the power play [3 goals, 3 assists].
Milestones: Marcus Johansson earned his 100th NHL point with an assist in the second period. Brooks Laich tied Craig Laughlin  for 22nd place on the Capitals’ all-time points list with a goal in the first period.