Back-to-back games are no picnic in the NHL, and they can be poison to winning streaks. But with a 4-3 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night in the District, the Caps have swept a second straight set of back-to-backs, winning both games in the shootout and despite some ongoing penalty killing woes, and stretching their winning streak to five straight.
Holiday Homestand - The Caps return home from a quick trip to Carolina for a three-game mid-December homestand that will start and end with visits from the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres will supply the opposition for Saturday night's homestand opener, and after the Pittsburgh Penguins make the second of their two visits to Washington on Wednesday night, the Sabres will finish off the homestand here in the District on Friday night.
Back-To-Back Hat Trick Attack -Alex Ovechkin scored Washington's first goal of Friday night's game in Carolina, tying the game at 1-1 early in the first. He netted the Caps' third goal of the game late in the second period, and his third goal of the game came on the power play and gave Washington a 5-4 lead midway through the third.
On the second night of the 2018-19 season, the Caps found themselves down two goals late in the third period in Pittsburgh. They rallied on a pair of quick strike T.J. Oshie goals to tie it and they got out of town with a point in a 7-6 overtime loss to the Penguins.
The Back-To-Back Attack - On Friday night in Carolina, Washington faces a second straight foe that will be playing for the second time in as many nights. The Caps dismantled Detroit 6-2 on Tuesday, a night after the Wings won over the Kings on home ice. Now they'll face the Canes in a similar situation; Carolina spent Thursday night in Montreal playing the Canadiens while the Caps were living a life of leisure and getting to bed early in Raleigh.
Legendary Legends - Washington's two generational superstar talents both came to the fore on Tuesday night, doing what they've done best for the last decade plus here in the District. Alex Ovechkin recorded the 21st hat trick of his NHL career and Nicklas Backstrom notched the 12th four-assist game of his career to propel the Caps past the Red Wings on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena, 6-2.
For the last decade plus, Caps fans have had the sublime pleasure of watching future Hockey Hall of Famers Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom ply their trades here in Washington. On Tuesday night, those in attendance witnessed a top performance from both players in a 6-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena.
Quick Stop At Home - For the last two months, the Caps have had actual homestands and road trips of two or more games, and they've fared quite well in the standings over that span, going 15-8-2. Now they'll head into a stretch where one-game road trips and one-game homestands will be a bit more prevalent; the Caps will play seven of their next 10-road games as one-game journeys and will have six one-game "homestands" between now and the end of January.