The big story was the return of Alexander Semin to Washington Capitals. Semin nearly silenced the building in the first few minutes with a clean shorthanded breakaway. But it was Braden Holtby who erupted the crowd with the goals. Here are some key points from last night's game!
- Washington scored the first goal of the game, marking the eighth consecutive contest in which it has tallied the first goal of the game. The Capitals had a streak of nine consecutive games scoring first from 10/29/09-11/14/09.
- Washington has not allowed a first-period goal in its last four games.
- Washington's 17 first-period shots tie its season high for shots in a single period (third time this season).
- The Capitals fired a season-high 40 shots on goal as a team.
- Tonight’s 3-0 win was Washington’s second shutout of the season.
- The Capitals went 1-4 on the power play tonight and are now 13-30 (43.3%) in their last 10 games.
- Washington is now 6-1-0 this season when scoring a power-play goal and not allowing one to its opponent.
- The Capitals are now 7-1-0 when not allowing a power-play goal.
- Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals’ 163rd consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.
- Braden Holtby stopped all 33 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season and the fifth of his career. He now has gone 5-2-0 in his last seven starts.
- Nicklas Backstrom tallied a power-play goal, his second goal of the season, and added an assist. Tonight marks Backstrom's fourth multiple-point game of the season and the 104th multi-point game of his career.
- John Carlson scored a goal and added an assist. Tonight was his 11th multi-point performance of his career.
- John Erskine scored his second goal of the season, 0:31 into the second period. The goal was the fastest goal scored by Washington to begin a period so far this season. The Capitals are now 10-0-0 in Erskine’s career when he scores a goal.
- Mike Ribeiro added an assist on Backstrom’s goal and now has 1g-4a during his current four-game point streak.
- Alex Ovechkin assisted on Backstrom’s tally and now has 3g-2a in his last two games.
- Mathieu Perreault tallied an assist and now has five points (1g-4a) in his last five games.
- Joel Ward added an assist.
- Tonight was Jay Beagle’s 100th career NHL game.
- Carlson led the Capitals in ice time, skating 22:30 tonight.
- Jason Chimera paced the team with seven shots on goal.
- Ovechkin led Washington with four hits.
- Ribeiro blocked a team-high five shots and led the team with eight face-off wins.