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Washington Capitals Postgame Notes & Quotes

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Game Summary

Event Summary
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Team Notes:
  • Washington scored the first goal of the game, marking the eighth consecutive contest in which it has tallied the first goal of the game. The Capitals had a streak of nine consecutive games scoring first from 10/29/09-11/14/09.
  • Washington has not allowed a first-period goal in its last four games.
  • Washington's 17 first-period shots tie its season high for shots in a single period (third time this season).
  • The Capitals fired a season-high 40 shots on goal as a team.
  • Tonight’s 3-0 win was Washington’s second shutout of the season.
  • The Capitals went 1-4 on the power play tonight and are now 13-30 (43.3%) in their last 10 games.
  • Washington is now 6-1-0 this season when scoring a power-play goal and not allowing one to its opponent.
  • The Capitals are now 7-1-0 when not allowing a power-play goal.
  • Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals’ 163rd consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.

Player Notes:
  • Braden Holtby stopped all 33 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season and the fifth of his career. He now has gone 5-2-0 in his last seven starts.
  • Nicklas Backstrom tallied a power-play goal, his second goal of the season, and added an assist. Tonight marks Backstrom's fourth multiple-point game of the season and the 104th multi-point game of his career.
  • John Carlson scored a goal and added an assist. Tonight was his 11th multi-point performance of his career.
  • John Erskine scored his second goal of the season, 0:31 into the second period. The goal was the fastest goal scored by Washington to begin a period so far this season. The Capitals are now 10-0-0 in Erskine’s career when he scores a goal.
  • Mike Ribeiro added an assist on Backstrom’s goal and now has 1g-4a during his current four-game point streak.
  • Alex Ovechkin assisted on Backstrom’s tally and now has 3g-2a in his last two games.
  • Mathieu Perreault tallied an assist and now has five points (1g-4a) in his last five games.
  • Joel Ward added an assist.
  • Tonight was Jay Beagle’s 100th career NHL game.
  • Carlson led the Capitals in ice time, skating 22:30 tonight.
  • Jason Chimera paced the team with seven shots on goal.
  • Ovechkin led Washington with four hits.
  • Ribeiro blocked a team-high five shots and led the team with eight face-off wins.

Postgame Quotes:
Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates his confidence in Braden Holtby…
“He’s playing very well. [Carolina] had a few extra shots, but chances wise they didn’t have a lot of chances tonight. A lot of those shots he sees from a long way out. I think he’s feeling really good. He’s on a little roll, so we’re riding him.”

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on tonight’s win and going into the game tomorrow against the Flyers …
“We’ll enjoy it for a little while and then tomorrow morning we’re going to focus on Philly, and we have to get back to work.”

Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine on playing more this season…
“I love the ice time. It’s fun in this system. Oatesy [Adam Oates] lets us jump up in the play more as long as we’re safe about it, and it gives us more offensive chances.”

Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward on the play of the Capitals tonight…
“If you get chances, that means you are doing some good things. I’ve had a few tonight myself and some other guys as well. Obviously, it’s a good feeling, getting chances. I thought we played a good team game. Every line was going and everyone had chances.”

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson on the play of the Capitals…
“I think it’s been going great. The best part of the whole scenario is that from day one, everyone stuck to it. When we were losing games and we were playing bad, guys didn’t come in the room and question anything. We stayed as a team and we did the right things. Clearly it took a little bit longer than any of us would like, but in the end hopefully it works out for the better.”

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller on the play of Carolina…
“I was happy with the effort tonight…We had some opportunities to score. We didn’t score on those, couple of 2 on ones, a breakaway. They gave it everything they had.”

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller on the early breakaway by Eric Staal and Alexander Semin…
“That was a pretty classy move that Eric [Staal] had there. Has the breakaway and lays it up to him [Alexander Semin] to give him the opportunity to be the hero early on in the game. But he [Braden Holtby] made the save. That could have been the difference right there.”

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal on the play of the Hurricanes…
“We had about 5 minutes where we were starting to get some momentum. We were feeling pretty confident going into the third. We just couldn’t find that extra push to get that first goal.”

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal on the power play to start the third and the need to score more goals…
“Power play [goal] would have been big. We need to find a way to score goals on the power play. We’ve been getting a little momentum off of it but just not enough.”

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joe Corvo on the play of the Capitals…
“This is a tough place to play. They’re all over you the whole time. They don’t give you much time. They’re anticipating in our defensive zone where we are going to move the puck, so they don’t think about – they’re just all over the puck. And we didn’t do a good job of getting clean outs.”

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joe Corvo on the play of Carolina goalie Cam Ward…
“He played really well, especially in the second to keep us in there. He definitely gave us a chance. We needed to score one goal somewhere in the second period to make a really exciting third, but we didn’t do so.”

Team Schedule:
  • The Capitals will hold an optional morning skate tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. Head coach Adam Oates will be available to the media at 5:30 p.m.
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