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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.

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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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