Shoot Out The Lights - Each of the first five times they went to overtime this season, the Caps came out on the short end of the score. The sixth time they did so, they got through the five-minute extra session only to lose in the shootout.
It took 26 games and seven overtime adventures, but the seventh time was the charm. The Caps finally claimed a win in a game that went beyond 60 minutes on Monday night, prevailing 4-3 over Anaheim in a shootout. An entertaining contest between a couple of gifted offensive squads produced a 3-3 result after three periods and overtime, and John Carlson won it for Washington in the fifth round of the shootout.
Don't Let Us Get Sick - After taking Sunday off, the Capitals awoke to the news of a third player - right wing Garnet Hathaway - landing on the COVID-19 protocol list and being unavailable for Monday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Capitals and The Wharf Announce Capitals at The Wharf Winter Programming
Highlights Include Capitals Campfire at Camp Wharf, Viewing Parties and Rock The Rink Skates
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals and The Wharf announced today Capitals at The Wharf, a Capitals-themed setting located at The Wharf in Washington D.C. that is now open and concludes in February.
Finishing Touches - The Caps halted a two-game slide (0-1-1) on Saturday night against Columbus, downing the Jackets 3-1 to improve to 6-1-0 on the season against Metropolitan Division opponents. The Caps have outscored their fellow division denizens by a combined total of 27-11 in those eight games.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 20th goal of the season and the 750th goal of his career early in the second period on Saturday, helping the Caps to a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. In doing so, he scored against his 152nd different goaltender - rookie Daniil Tarasov, playing in his second NHL game - and notched the 118th game-winning goal of his NHL career, tying Phil Esposito for third place on the NHL's all-time list.
The Great Divide - For the first time this season, the Caps are facing a divisional foe for the second time. The Columbus Blue Jackets are in town for the first of their two visits this season, finishing up a four-game road trip in the District on Saturday night. The Caps downed the Jackets in Columbus last month, taking a 4-3 decision on Nov. 12.
Missed It By That Much - Starting a season-long four-game homestand at Capital One Arena on Thursday against Chicago, the Caps were seeking a fifth straight win on home ice. They didn't get it, falling to the visitors in the shootout by a 4-3 score.