With their 6-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night at Verizon Center, the Capitals fulfilled an achievement they've been working on for 42 years, one handful of dirt at a time. A team that started life by winning just eight of 80 games in its first season of existence and did not have a winning campaign until its ninth season in the league finally dug out of that ditch and reached "franchise .500."
Video: Coach Trotz on 6-1 victory over Hurricanes on Monday
The Caps have now won 1,503 games while losing 1,503 (133 of those in a shootout or overtime) and they've tied another 303 of their total of 3,309 games played since day one back at the outset of the 1974-75 season. By the end of their eighth season in the league, the Caps had 212 more losses than wins (163-375-102).
Rolling Along - Monday's win over the Canes extends Washington's point streak to 14 straight games (12-0-2), one shy of the franchise record established in 2009-10 when the Caps went 14-0-1 over a 15-game stretch.
The Capitals have outscored the opposition by a combined total of 65-27 in those 14 games, and they've limited the opposition to two or fewer goals in 10 of the 14 contests.
Washington has scored four or more goals in eight straight games, doing so within the same season for the first time in more than a quarter of a century, this according to Elias Sports Bureau. The Caps tallied four or more goals in 11 straight contests from Oct. 27-Nov. 22, 1991.
Video: Ovechkin, Orlov and others on 6-1 #CapsCanes victory
O From the D - Dmitry Orlov notched the second two-goal game of his NHL career and the first power-play goal of his career, and Washington defensemen chipped in a total of four assists, led by two from Karl Alzner.
"He has a tremendous shot, obviously," says Caps captain Alex Ovechkin of Orlov. "We always tell him to shoot more pucks. He's more like [Nicklas] Lidstrom, a Russian Lidstrom."
Caps defensemen have now supplied 18 goals and 91 assists in the team's 47 games this season for an average of 2.32 points per game. That figure represents the greatest involvement in the offense of any group of Capitals defensemen since 1993-94, when that bunch averaged 2.43 points per game.
Multiple Men - Orlov's goal was the 21st multiple-goal game recorded by a Washington skater this season, and Orlov is the 12th different Caps player to net two or more goals in a game this season.
Video: CAR@WSH: Orlov cranks home his second of the game
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Orlov is the 12th different Caps player to score two or more goals in a game this season. That ties the Capitals with the Nashville Predators for the most players with multi-goal games for one NHL team this season. This marks the first season in which Washington has had as many as a dozen different skaters with two goals in a game since 1999-00 when it had 13.
Streaking - Nicklas Backstrom and Ovechkin supplied the assists on T.J. Oshie's third-period goal, and each extended points streaks in the process.
Backstrom now has recorded at least a point in 10 straight games (four goals, 13 assists), matching the longest streak of his NHL career. He recorded a point in 10 straight games (four goals, nine assists) from Feb. 11-March 1, 2009. Backstrom's current streak is tied for the second longest streak in the league this season.
Video: CAR@WSH: Oshie shows off slick hands, beats Ward
Ovechkin has now recorded a point in eight straight games (four goals, nine assists).
Andre Burakovsky's streak of scoring the game's first goal was halted at an NHL record-tying four, but he picked up three assists to notch the first three-point game of his NHL career, and to extend his scoring streak to six straight games (four goals, six assists).
The Hot 100 - Caps goalie Braden Holtby made 25 saves to earn his 23rd victory of the season and the 172nd of his NHL career. With that win, Holtby moves into solo possession of 100th place on the league's all-time wins list, one behind Bob Essensa, Brian Elliott and former Capital Gary "Suitcase" Smith, each of whom has 173.
Video: CAR@WSH: Holtby absorbs Skinner's wrister in the 2nd
In his last 20 starts, Holtby is 13-2-3 with five shutouts, a 1.72 GAA and a .939 save pct.
Powering Up - The Capitals scored a power-play goal for the fifth straight game on Monday, and they are now 9-for-18 (50%) with the extra man in their last eight games. Washington is now at 20.7% with the extra man on the season, and it has climbed to 13th in the circuit in that category.
Triple Double - Washington scored twice in each period of Monday's game, achieving that feat for the first time this season. The Caps also supplied some late thunder in each period, scoring within the final three minutes of each frame.
Justin Williams scored with 2:55 left in the first, Evgeny Kuznetsov with 1:20 left in the second, and Lars Eller with 2:47 left in the third.
There's No Place Like Home - The Capitals are now 19-5-1 on home ice this season, and Monday's victory over the Canes was Washington's seventh consecutive win at Verizon Center. The Caps have authored three shutouts during the life of that seven-game home winning streak, and they've outscored the opposition by a combined total of 35-9.
Dashing Display - All 18 Carolina skaters ended Monday's game with a "minus" next to their name. None of the Hurricanes was worse than minus-2 on the night.
Video: Capitals' offense rolls in 6-1 win against Hurricanes
By The Numbers - Orlov led Washington with 22:40 in ice time on Monday, becoming the first player other than John Carlson or Matt Niskanen to lead the Caps in ice time in any single game this season … Every Washington forward skated at least 12:18 in the game, and none of the Caps' forwards hit the 17-minute mark for the night. Marcus Johansson led Caps forwards with 16:52 in ice time … Burakovsky led the Caps with three shots on net … Ovechkin paced Washington with four shot attempts … Alzner and Tom Wilson led the Caps with four hits each … Alzner led the way for Washington with five blocked shots … Eller won nine of 14 draws (64%), Jay Beagle won 12 of 19 (63%) and Backstrom won eight of 13 (62%) … Washington is now 10-0-2 in the dozen games in which defenseman Taylor Chorney has played this season … The Capitals are now 23-2-2 when playing on exactly one day of rest this season.