Second thoughts on Caps' crazy comeback

Second thoughts on Caps' crazy comeback
December 16, 2013, 8:30 am
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Johansson on win: 'It's a great feeling to come back like this'

Sudden thoughts and second thoughts as the Capitals reflect on their incredible 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday afternoon and gear up for a rematch with the Flyers on Tuesday night in Philly:

Who’s next in net? Caps rookie Philipp Grubauer stopped 24 shots, including two shots in the shootout, to earn his third win of the season [3-0-1]. With Michal Neuvirth due to return from his rehab assignment in Hershey, will the Caps send Grubauer back to Chocolatetown?

Ovi the Great: Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and earned an assist, marking his 10th multi-point game of the season. With his third-period goal, Ovechkin passed Mike Gartner [397] for second place on the Capitals’ all-time goals list. He now has 398 goals and needs 74 to catch Peter Bondra for the all-time lead.

Give me the puck: Ovechkin’s game-tying goal with 48 seconds remaining in regulation marked the sixth goal he has scored this season in the final 10 minutes of a game and/or overtime. If you noticed, Ovechkin stepped in front of Mike Green to intercept a pass from Joel Ward and score the game-tying goal. The Caps have erased three-goal deficits to win games three times this season and Ovechkin has seven goals in those games. He now has seven goals and two assists in his last seven games.

[RELATED: Ovechkin is good, but Oates says he can be better]

Leg work: Ovechkin logged a season-high 25:08 against the Flyers. It marked the third time under Adam Oates that Ovechkin eclipsed 25 minutes in ice time.

Checks and balances: The defense pairing of Mike Green and Dmitry Orlov was a plus-2, while John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Marty Erat and Jason Chimera were a minus-2.

Feeling his Mojo: Marcus Johansson recorded a goal and an assist against the Flyers, marking his sixth multi-point game of the season. Johansson has a point in three consecutive games.

Ho-hum:  Nicklas Backstrom earned two assists, marking his 11th multi-point game of the season and third consecutive multi-point game. Backstrom has two goals and nine assists in his last five games.

Love those Flyers: Joel Ward earned two assists Sunday, giving him five points [3 goals, 2 assists] in two games against the Orange and Black.

Milestones: Troy Brouwer played in his 400th NHL game and Verizon Center was sold out for the 200th straight game.

Home for the holidays: The Caps have won three straight games at home and are 6-1-1 in their last eight games on home ice. After visiting Philadelphia on Tuesday and Carolina on Friday, they return home for games against the Devils Saturday, the Ducks [Dec. 23] and the Rangers [Dec. 27].

Isn't that special? The Caps improved to 8-3 in shootouts this season and 11-3 in shootouts under head coach Adam Oates dating back to last season.

Powerful: Johansson’s power-play goal was the Caps’ 20th in their last 21 games. They were also  4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

What’s next: The Caps practice Monday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at 11 a.m. They face the Flyers at 7:30 on Tuesday night, then get the day off on Wednesday.