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  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.
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.