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.
California Stars - The Caps will be beneath the California stars for the next several nights, and they'll start off their seasonal visit to the Golden State with a Valentine's Day date with the star-studded Sharks in San Jose.
Nothingness - The Caps came up blank on Tuesday night in Columbus in a late season Metropolitan Division contest against the Blue Jackets, losing 3-0 in a game in which they never gave themselves enough of a chance to compete, let alone win. Sure, the Caps were playing for the second time in as many nights and Columbus was the more rested team, but this was a game where it never really felt like the Caps were "in it," despite the fact that it was a scoreless game after the first period Washington was down only 1-0 going into the third.
Generally speaking, an NHL goaltender that pitches a shutout is an automatic choice for the game's No. 1 star at night's end. That's not always the case, though; maybe a teammate or two has a huge night offensively or maybe the goaltender had an easy night of it and he gets relegated to second or third star status.
Six-Pack - The Caps embark upon their longest continuous road trip in more than 15 years on Tuesday when they face the Blue Jackets in Columbus. The game starts a six-game, 12-day journey that starts and ends with a set of back-to-backs and also has a set of back-to-backs in the middle of the trip.
Getting Right - Coming out of a weeklong break at the end of January, the Capitals were dragging a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2), their longest in five years. But they also had their longest homestand in 13 years to look forward to, a six-game run of home contests spaced every other day that offered the opportunity to get their collective game back off the rumble strip and back between the lines.