News and notes as the Capitals [22-16-7, 51 points] enjoy a day off before facing the San Jose Sharks [28-12-6, 62 points] Tuesday night at VerizonCenter [7 p.m. CSN]:
The Capitals have a problem letting penalties interrupt their offensive game-plan. It causes a snowball effect by exhausting some players and putting everyone out of rhythm.
Alex Ovechkin sounded off after the Capitals loss to the Sabres and acknowledged it's tough to beat Ryan Miller when he is on.
It was one of those games that lull fans to sleep. And they’re not the only ones.
Capitals coach Adam Oates was frustrated following the loss to the Sabres on Sunday, but recognized his team was tired after emotionally draining games recently.