December was a pretty good month for the Capitals. Out of 13 games, Washington won nine of them. Of the four games the team lost, however, the worst of those losses by far was the Dec. 2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
Five different Caps players scored as Washington jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second period. It looked like the Caps were going to cruise to an easy win…until Anaheim rattled off five straight goals to hand Washington a stunning 6-5 loss.
Wait, are we talking about the same Anaheim team that has lost 20 of its last 23 games? Well, technically yes, but for a brief period they were one of the hottest teams in the league. The win over the Caps was one of 11 wins in a 13-game stretch for the Ducks.
That of course is little comfort to the Caps.
Anaheim is now struggling considerably. Head coach Randy Carlyle was fired and general manager Bob Murray has taken over behind the bench.
Sometimes when an opponent is struggling, a team may take its foot off the gas and play down to the competition. Given what happened the last time these two teams met, however, Washington likely is not going to be looking past the Ducks when they meet on Sunday (9 p.m., NBC Sports Washington).
Alex Ovehckin sits one goal away from No. 40 on the season. Once he scores, it will be the 10th time in his career he has reached 40 goals in his career. That puts him in pretty incredible company.
Ten seasons of 40+ goals would tie Ovechkin with Marcel Dionne and Mario Lemeiux. Wayne Gretzky is the only player with more 40-goal seasons as he did it 12 times. That’s it. That’s the entire list.
his career he has reached 40 goals in his career. That puts him in pretty incredible company.
Ten seasons of 40+ goals would tie Ovechkin with Marcel Dionne and Mario Lemeiux. Wayne Gretzky is the only
Todd Reirden told reporters Saturday that Braden Holtby will start against Anaheim. With the Caps playing in Anaheim on Sunday and Los Angeles on Monday, expect to see Pheonix Copley start Monday’s game in Los Angeles.