-- With the offensive firepower they have in Alex Ovechkin
and Co., how is it that the Washington Capitals
are creating noise by what they're doing on the penalty kill?
Well, when you go from 25th in the NHL last season to perfection so far this season, it's going to get noticed.
The Capitals will eventually give up a power-play goal, perhaps as soon as Thursday's game in Boston (7 p.m., NHL-N, CSN-DC, NESN), but their run of 25 straight kills is the most unexpected statistic they've put up so far this season. In the five seasons since the work stoppage their PK has ranked 23rd or lower four times, and they were No. 17 in 2008-09.
"The penalty-kill guys are blocking the shots, keeping the puck out, playing hard," said captain Alex Ovechkin
, who watches the PK guys work from the bench and benefits from the momentum they create with a kill. "If we need to kill it we know those guys are going to kill it. Our coaching staff has done a great job with the system that we have to play on the penalty kill."