Three-time Stanley Cup champion Justin Williams was honored Sunday night at Verizon Center ahead of his 1000th career NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks. Williams received a commemorative crystal from the NHL, a silver stick from the Capitals, and a Scottish golf vacation for two from the players. (A nodding Nicklas Backstrom looked particularly proud of that last one.)
Williams’ was joined on the ice by Caps owner Ted Leonsis and President Dick Patrick; players/scratches Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Brooks Orpik; and Williams’ adorable family — his wife Kelly, his daughter Jade, and his son Jaxon.
The Caps’ commemorative video was sweet. There were cameos from many of Williams’ former and current teammates including Alex Ovechkin (“It’s Ovi”) and Mike Richards. Williams’ family also submitted videos. Justin’s mother Denise poof’d her hair like her son did during the Caps team photo. Justin’s son Jaxon called his father his hero.
You guys, it finally happened. With the Caps 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues, Braden Holtby just tied Martin Brodeur’s single-season record for wins, a record Brodeur’s held for nine years. Holtby reached 48 wins in 12 fewer games than Brodeur, who was in attendance to see the feat.
The Capitals mobbed Holtby after the game to celebrate.
In a season full of record-shattering hockey, the Caps have shattered another record. With their 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche, the Caps have set a new franchise record for wins with 55. The Caps, whose record is 55-16-6, still have five games remaining in the season. They have 116 points. That is ridiculous.
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The Arizona Coyotes learned a valuable lesson Monday night that they probably should have already known: don’t give time and space to this generation’s greatest scorer.
With 11:43 left in the third period, Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 39th goal of the season after the Coyotes dared the Russian machine to shoot from the perimeter.
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Mike Richards scored his first goal as a Washington Capital on Monday after going point-less in his first 14 games. Seven months after his contract with the Los Angeles Kings was terminated and his career was in tatters, Richards put the puck in the back of the net.
Much like his redemption writ large, the goal was the result of hard work.
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Tuesday night, Russian god of passing Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 100th career NHL point. The milestone point came on Justin Williams’ 17th goal of the season. It was a tremendous effort by the three-time Stanley Cup champion, who, after getting initially stopped by Pekka Rinne, knocked home his own rebound.
Usually it’s some guy on the other team who scores his first NHL goal during Caps games. On Saturday afternoon it was Paul Carey, Hershey Bears call-up and veteran of 24 NHL games. Carey’s goal tied the game with six minutes remaining and wasn’t exactly what you’d call a “pure skill” goal from the guy in the Washington #28 jersey.
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