After defeating the Anaheim Ducks 6-4, the Washington Capitals tied a NHL record for offensive prowess during a time in history where goalscoring is down.
The Caps tied the 1970-71 Boston Bruins for the most consecutive home games with five or more goals (11). Saturday marked the Capitals twelfth straight victory at home.
Rookie Zach Sanford scored the record-tying goal after tallying his first NHL goal late in the third period.
Over the last 11 games, the Caps have scored a ridiculous 6, 5, 5, 5, 6, 5, 6, 5, 5, 6 and 6 goals. That’s 60 goals, you guys.
Here are all of Caps tallies from tonight.
Don’t look now. Nicklas Backstrom is now a point away from the league-lead in points.
In the first period, the Caps scored three goals and Backstrom tallied two points (one goal, one assist). He registered career point number 700 on TJ Oshie’s opening salvo, which was also Oshie’s career point number 400.
When TJ Oshie dented the twine 14:18 into the third period, the 30-year-old winger put the Caps up 5-3. The goal marked Oshie’s 14th career two-goal game. It also pushed the Caps to an unheard of NHL milestone.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Washington Capitals became the second team in NHL history to score five-plus goals in ten straight home games. The only team who’s done it longer is the 1970-71 Bruins (11). That Bruins team featured three Hall of Fame skaters including Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, and Johnny Bucyk. Think about that.
The Capitals delayed Sunday’s noon start against the Kings to hold a ceremony in honor of Alex Ovechkin’s 1,000th point, a goal scored on January 11 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was probably in honor of the 999 points before that too.
With his parents and wife, Alex Ovechkin watched as his teammates past and present shared their congratulations in a video tribute. Then, owner Ted Leonsis gifted Ovechkin a golden stick and the NHL’s Jim Gregory presented Alex Ovechkin with a Tiffany crystal, which will probably go in his bathroom.
Alex Ovechkin just scored another big goal.
With 15 seconds remaining in the second period, Ovechkin unleashed a wicked shot from just outside The Ovi Spot to give the Caps a 3-2 lead over the Bruins. The goal is the 550th of Ovechkin’s career. It gives the Russian machine sole possession of 27th place on the all-time goalscoring list, passing longtime Penguin and Hartford Whaler Ron Francis.
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner became the first player in franchise history to play in 500-consecutive games, Friday night against Chicago. He also became the third defenseman since 1944 to do so.
And on a night where Braden Holtby and Jay Beagle starred in a 6-0 thrashing of the Blackhawks, it was Alzner, despite having only one shot on goal in 19:59 of ice time, who was the team’s first star.
On January 7th, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom recorded his 500th NHL assist vs. the Ottawa Senators. This Sunday, January 15th, prior to the game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Backstrom will be honored by the Caps organization for reaching that milestone. Only 139 players in NHL history have reached the 500-assist mark.
According to the team, he will be receiving a special gift as part of the ceremony. Backstrom is the first Capitals player to ever tally 500 assists. He currently ranks first all-time in the organization in assists, as well as third in the NHL in assists since he entered the league in 2007.
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