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Caps earn second win in as many nights as they douse Flames in Calgary

Caps earn second win in as many nights as they douse Flames in Calgary

The Caps won their second game in as many nights Sunday as they knocked off the Calgary Flames 3-1.

How it happened: The first period followed a similar script as Saturday's game. The Caps jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but allowed the Flames to climb one back. Afer the first, however, both goalies took over. The Caps kept up steady pressure throughout the game, but goalie Brian Elliott kept the Flames within one. Calgary, however, could not pierce Braden Holtby after the first period and Marcus Johansson added a late empty-netter to give the Caps the win.

What it means: It's been two games since head coach Barry Trotz shuffled the offensive lines and the initial result has been a resounding success. The Caps have now put their two-game skid behind them with two-straight wins in dominating fashion. The win also pulls the Caps up to third place in the Metropolitan Division with 11 points, one point ahead of the New Jersey Devils and one point behind the New York Rangers.


Johansson on fire: Johansson had one heck of a weekend, scoring two goals in each game. He is now the team leader in both goals (5) and points (9).

A first time for everything: Brett Connolly put the Caps on the board early in the first period with his first goal as a Cap. Jay Beagle provided the backhanded centering pass to set up Connolly in the slot and he ripped it home. Zach Sanford was also credited with a secondary assist on the play earning his first NHL point.

Making them pay: Coming into the game, no team had taken more minor penalties than Calgary. The Flames took only two minors on the night, but the Caps made them pay as Johansson tapped in a beautiful pass from Ovechkin for a power play goal in the first period. The Caps' penalty kill also got the job done Sunday, successfully killing off both of Calgary's power plays.

A step ahead: Panic gripped Caps fans after the loss in Edmonton as it marked the team's second straight regulation loss. Not only did the Caps win their two games since, they also never trailed at any point. Washington largely dominated the play in both contests and let the fan base know, it's ok to breathe.

Look ahead: The Caps close out the four-game road trip on Tuesday in Winnipeg. They then finally return home for a rematch against the Jets on Thursday.


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3 reasons the Caps beat the Stars

3 reasons the Caps beat the Stars

The Washington Capitals had not beaten the Dallas Stars at home since 2006, Alex Ovechkin's second season in the NHL. That streak ended on Tuesday in a 4-3 Caps win.

Here's how the Caps were finally able to down Dallas in Washington.

Oshie still hot

After going 19 straight games without a goal, T.J. Oshie has been red-hot of late with four goals in his last four games. He scored Washington’s first goal in what would become a three-goal period for the Caps as they battled back from a 1-0 deficit into a 3-3 tie through 40 minutes. Oshie also added an assist as he won a power play faceoff that John Carlson fed to Alex Ovechkin for the goal.


Ovechkin victimizing his favorite target

You knew Ovechkin would score given he was playing against one of his favorite targets. With his second period goal, Ovechkin now has 22 goals against Kari Lehtonen in his career, tied with Henrik Lundqvist for the most goals he has scored on any netminder. Lehtonen has not been in the Eastern Conference since the 2008-09 season. When he goes to sleep at night, Ovechkin is who he sees in his nightmares.

The Carlson-Klingberg duel

Carlson and John Klingberg entered Tuesday’s game each with 59 points, tied for the league lead in points among defensemen. Carlson downplayed the matchup both before and after the game, but it was clear that both players were playing at another level all game long. While both players tallied two points on the night, you have to give the win to Carlson as he had the most significant point, a game-winning goal in the third period.


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Tarik's 3 Stars: Ovechkin further cements his place in history

Tarik's 3 Stars: Ovechkin further cements his place in history

Alex Ovechkin further cemented his place in NHL history, John Carlson stayed hot and Braden Holtby was good when called upon as the Caps downed the Stars, 4-3, at Capital One Arena on Tuesday night.

The victory was Washington’s fifth in the past six games. It also marked the Caps’ first win over Dallas in D.C. since 2006.

Tarik’s three stars of the game:

1-Alex Ovechkin, Capitals

Ovechkin scored his 44th goal of the season and the 602nd of his career in the second period to give the Caps a short-lived 3-2 edge in the second period.

The goal put Ovi back atop the league as he seeks a seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. It also pushed him past Jari Karri and into sole possession of 19th place on the NHL’s all-time list. Ovechkin has now victimized Kari Lehtonen 22 times, which is tied for the most goals he’s scored against a single netminder. (Henrik Lundqvist has also given up 22 goals to No. 8). Ovi also had a couple of secondary helpers.

2-John Carlson, Capitals

Carlson scored the game-winner 4:59 with left to play, blasting a one-timer past Lehtonen to put the Caps ahead 4-3.

Carlson also notched an assist, which allowed him to stay even with Dallas’ John Klingberg. Klingberg had two assists. Both players ended the game with 61 points—tied for the most among all NHL defensemen.    

3-Alexander Radulov, Stars

From his first shift, it was apparent that Radulov was determined to leave his mark on the game. And he did just that, recording a goal, an assist and boarding minor that bloodied Caps defenseman Michal Kempny. Radulov’s goal—a redirection of a John Klingberg shot—was his 26th and it evened the score, 2-2, in the second period.

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