Sudden thoughts on Capitals' sudden streak

Sudden thoughts on Capitals' sudden streak
November 6, 2013, 9:30 am
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Ovechkin gets his second goal of the game

Sudden thoughts and second thoughts as the Capitals turn the page from Tusday night’s 6-2 win over the New York Islanders and look ahead to Thursday night’s home game against the 9-4-3 Minnesota Wild.

Ovech-trick: Looks like an Ovech-trick is a two-goal night for Alex Ovechkin this season. Tuesday night marked his third multi-goal game of the season. He has scored a goal in nine of his 13 games this season and is one goal of NHL goals leader Alexander Steen of the Blues. “I feel great,” Ovechkin said after his first game in eight days. “I felt pretty refreshed out there. Of course I had a few days off, had a couple of breaks, but I feel pretty good.”Ovechkin has 21 goals and 13 assists in 30 career games against the Islanders.

Nick-trick: Nicklas Backstrom’s three assists in the second period Tuesday night was the seventh time he’s set up three goals in one period. He has recorded three or more assists in a game 23 times in his seven-year NHL career. With his big night Backstrom passed Sergei Gonchar [132] for sixth place on the Caps’ all-time power-play assists list.

First time’s a charm: Alex Urbom, Marcus Johansson and Tom Wlson all scored their first goals of the season. That leaves Mike Green, Marty Erat, Steve Oleksy, Karl Alzner and Nate Schmidt as the only Capitals regulars without a goal.

Grabbin’ points: Third-line center Mikhail Grabovski has eight points [2 goals, 6 assists] in his last seven games.

The power of four: The Caps’ four power-play goals marked the first time they’ve struck four times on the man-advantage since Dec. 9, 2011 against Toronto. They moved back into the league lead in that category at 27.9 percent, well ahead of the Minnesota Wild, who are next at 25 percent. “We should be in a position that we should feel that on a given night we stop ourselves, they don’t stop us,” said Capitals coach Adam Oates. Said Islanders coach Jack Capuano: “Teams know what they’re going to do, but they do a good job executing, and we broke down on some details .”

The power of four, plus one: The Caps were a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and are now ranked No. 1 in the NHL at 91.5 percent. The Caps have killed 39 of their last 40 shorthanded situations in their last 10 games. On the flip side, they’ve had to kill off an average of four power plays a night in that span, and that’s too many, in the opinion of head coach Adam Oates.

Second shift: The Caps have outscored opponents 26-13 in the second period this season and are 6-0-0 when leading after 40 minutes. 

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