Washington Capitals

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Nicklas Backstrom smiled when he was asked if he ever thought the Capitals would be 15 games into the season and Marcus Johansson would be tied with Alex Ovechkin for the team lead with eight goal

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Alex Ovechkin puts the Capitals up 2-0 in the first period.

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News and notes as the Capitals [6-5-3] take on the Columbus Blue Jackets [4-9-1] tonight at Verizon  Center [7 p.m., CSN]:

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On Aug. 28, Nicklas Backstrom put behind him six months of speculation when he was awarded a silver medal for his role in Sweden’s success in the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Which Capitals players had the most impressive plays from this past week? Take a look at CSN's weekly countdown of Washington's best.

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