Loss Angeles, No More - When the Caps finished off a tidy 3-2 win over the Kings in Los Angeles on Monday night, it marked a first for almost every guy in a white Capitals sweater. Among the group, only Caps captain Alex Ovechkin had experienced a victory while sporting that sweater in Los Angeles. More than 13 years after they last earned two points in the City of Angels, the Caps ended that drought with plenty of help from Ovechkin.
Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of power play goals on Monday in Los Angeles, helping the Caps to a 3-2 rebound win over the Kings. The win followed a dismal Sunday night performance in Anaheim and leaves the Caps with a split of a set of back-to-back games in Southern California.
Monday, LA - Washington starts the back half of its six-game road trip on Monday in Los Angeles, finishing off a set of back-to-back games against the Kings. Monday's match comes a night after the Caps took a 5-2 beating from the Ducks on Sunday in Anaheim. For the Ducks, Sunday's win was just their fourth in the last 24 games (4-16-4).
Spinning Their Wheels - If you didn't know which team was which, you wouldn't guess it was the Anaheim Ducks that entered Sunday's game against the Capitals with just three wins in their previous 23 games (3-16-4). The Ducks were energized from the start of the contest, they were quicker to loose pucks, crisper with passes and just generally more engaged.
Holiday Road - Sunday finds the Caps in Anaheim, where they'll start a set of back-to-back games against the Ducks on Sunday night. Afterwards, they'll bus into Los Angeles where they will take on the Kings on Monday night. These two Presidents' Day weekend games are the middle matches of Washington's six-game road trip, and the Caps are 1-1-0 on the trip to date.
Fin Spot, Five Hundo - The Caps' second game of their six-game road trip went much better than the first. On Thursday night in San Jose - Valentine's Day - the Caps played a sweetheart of a game in a 5-1 win over the Sharks, who entered the contest with a six-game winning streak and an 18-4-4 mark on home ice.
Two nights after turning in one of their most dismal performances of the season in Columbus, the Caps put together one of their most complete efforts of the season in a 5-1 win over the Sharks in San Jose on Thursday night. T.J. Oshie scored twice and added an assist, and he reached the 500-point plateau for his NHL career in the process.