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Richards' first goal lifts Caps over Coyotes 3-2

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Richards' first goal lifts Caps over Coyotes 3-2

Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes Monday night at Verizon Center:

How it happened: Alex Ovechkin and Mike Richards netted third-period goals and Braden Holtby withstood a late barrage as the Capitals hung on to beat a very feisty Coyotes team. Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored a goal and assisted on Ovechkin’s league-leading 39th goal of the season.

What it means: The Caps have now won nine of their last 10 and are 32-5-3 since Nov. 21. They’ve also gone 17-1-1 in their last 19 at Verizon Center.

Richards embraced: It took him 15 games but Richards finally scored his first goal for the Capitals and was given a long and loud standing ovation from the sellout crowd. Tom Wilson made it all happen when he dug the puck out from under Louis Domingue, allowing Richards to snap a shot through legs and sticks. It was his first NHL goal since Jan. 3, 2015 when the Kings played the Predators.

Ovi chasing Rocket: Ovechkin has 18 goals in his last 18 games and his 39 goals lead the NHL. He is looking to become the first player since Wayne Gretzky to win four straight goal-scoring titles.

Harry Potter: Evgeny Kuznetsov’s two-point night was his 18th multi-point game of the season. He has eight points in his last five games.   

Back-handed: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom took a slash to the hands from Martin Hanzal early in the second period and sat out the ensuing power play but returned to take normal shifts the rest of the game. Backstrom lost nine of 12 faceoffs in the first two periods.

Rumor mill: With defensemen Roman Polak off the market (traded from the Maple Leafs to the San Jose Sharks) would the Caps be interested in Winnipeg Jets captain and left wing Andrew Ladd, who won the Stanley Cup with Justin Williams in Carolina in 2006 and with the Blackhawks in 2010? Sources in Winnipeg say the Jets are willing to trade Ladd. The Caps, Blackhawks, Ducks, Panthers and Penguins are believed to have shown interest.

Scouts galore: In addition to Team Sweden scout Rikard Gronberg, seven NHL teams had representatives ion attendance: the Boston Bruins (Dennis Bonvie), Chicago Blackhawks (Pierre Gauthier), Dallas Stars (Dan O’Brien), Montreal Canadiens (Doug Gibson), Ottawa Senators (Jim Clark), San Jose Sharks (Jason Rowe) and Philadelphia Flyers (Al Hill and Ross Fitzpatrick).

Look ahead: The Caps are scheduled to practice at Kettler Tuesday at 11:30. They continue their four-game homestand Wednesday night against the Montreal Canadiens, followed by a visit by the Minnesota Wild on Friday.    

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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Sabres will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Sabres game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

The Capitals (34-20-7) take on the Sabres (18-32-11) Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Capital One Arena.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME ON?

The Capitals-Sabres game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Sabres
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Sabres game:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Defensemen
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Michal Kempny - Brooks Orpik

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

The Capitals-Panthers game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

CAPITALS-SABRES OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

Alan May knows a thing or two about the trade deadline.

Over the course of his NHL career, May was traded five total times, four at the trade deadline. He sits down with Rob Carlin on a special edition of the Capitals Extra Podcast to tell stories from his playing days about what it was like getting traded.

This one's a can't miss for hockey fans. You can listen to the episode here on the Capitals Extra page or with the player below.