Capitals Brooks Laich, Mike Green, and Dmitry Orlov had not all played together at the same time this season until last night when the Caps won on the road in Winnipeg 4-0. Before that game last night the Caps had only won four games on the road. This trio proves to be the key to winning road games as the Caps defeat the Jets in Winnipeg again 6-1.
Brooks Laich scored his first goal of the season after scoring his first point of the season last night which was an assist against the Jets. Defencemen Dmitry Orlov also scored his first point of the season since coming back to the Caps Tuesday night. Washington captain Alex Ovechkin scored two of the Caps six goals tonight and now has scored a goal in four straight games. Five different Capital players had a goal tonight.
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, who has been doing well against Southeast Division teams lately winning seven of his last eight starts against them going into tonight, shuting out Winnipeg twice on the road before tonight, recorded 30 saves for Washington. Holtby actually became the first Caps goalie Thursday night to shut out two games facing the same team in the same season since Olie Kolzig did it to Montreal in the 1999-00 season. Speaking of goalies Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec was starting tonight, playing in back-to-back games. Pavelec has played back-to-back games four times this season going 2-2 during them, and tonight he was pulled out of the game for the second time this season in a back-to-back game.
The Caps now improve to 14-2-0 when scoring three or more goals, so I guess scoring three or more is their magic number. When scoring two or less goals the Caps are 0-14-1. Next game for the Caps is Sunday as they face the Rangers in New York at 7:00pm ET.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)