The Caps finally beat the Sharks, but they suffered a loss on Monday night, too.

T.J. Oshie left the 4-1 victory late in the second period after Joe Thornton smashed the star winger’s head into the corner boards. Oshie did not return to the game and will be reevaluated on Tuesday, according to the team.

The injury spoiled an otherwise stellar night for the Caps, who ended a four-game losing streak against the Sharks. Overall, Washington has now won two games in a row and five of their last six.

Tarik’s three stars of the game:

1- Alex Ovechkin, Capitals

There are nights when you can tell early on that No. 8 is going to be special. This was one of those nights. Ovi was flying (and breaking ankles) in the opening minutes, then the Caps’ captain got on the board early in the second period by stealing the puck in the D-zone and finishing an unassisted breakaway that put the home team ahead 2-0.

The goal moved Ovechkin past Mark Recchi into 20th place on the all-time goals list (578). Later in that frame, Ovi made a sublime pass to Brett Connolly, who scored on the power play to put Washington ahead 3-1. Connolly was on the first unit power play in place of Oshie.

2- Brett Connolly, Capitals

After getting scratched for ineffectiveness late last month, Connolly has returned with a vengeance. No. 10, skating on the first unit power play in place of the injured Oshie, scored his second goal in two games with 52 seconds remaining in the second period to stake Washington to a 3-1 advantage.


He was also the reason Evgeny Kuznetsov had to fist-bump himself on the bench.

3-Philipp Grubauer, Capitals

It wasn’t the most challenging night for the Caps’ backup. But when his number was called, he was ready. Grubi’s best saves came early in the third period on a sequence that saw him turn away Marcus Sorensen with a pad save, then scurry across the crease to thwart Jannik Hansen with a pair of point-blank stops.

After going winless in his first six starts, Grubauer has now won two in a row. Amazing what a little run support can do for a netminder, huh?

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