Breaking down a pretty awesome - but unsuccessful - Capitals power play
Today's Number takes a look at the Caps' fortunes when both Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin score in the same game.
The Caps find their offense - and their starpower - as they take a 4-1 win from the Nashville Predators on Mike Knuble Night.
The Preds have staged some stunning comebacks in recent weeks, but what makes those games so exciting is the fact that most of the time when you fall behind early, you stay there.
Today we've got backup goalies suiting up, a discussion of Washington's boring new style of play (yup, you read that right), a celebration of Mike Knuble as he hits the milestone of 1,000 regular season games played.
The Nashville Predators are enjoying their annual Fathers Trip today prior to tonight's game against the Capitals, so our morning hockey notes kick off with insight from two player-father pairs, before moving on to broader issues around the hockey world...
The Nashville Predators will put their 5-game winning streak on the line tonight in Washington, against a Capitals team which is still trying to find its way under new head coach Dale Hunter.
|- 1, Washington Goal - Alex Ovechkin (11), from Karl Alzner and John Carlson at 7:42. 2, Washington Goal - Nicklas Backstrom (12), from Roman Hamrlik at 15:51. Penalties - Blake Geoffrion, Nashville (Roughing), 9:12; Alexander Semin, Washington (Boarding), 16:52.|
|- No scoring. Penalties - Alex Ovechkin, Washington (Too many men/ice - bench), 4:17; Karl Alzner, Washington (Delaying Game-Puck over glass), 12:25; Jason Chimera, Washington (Cross checking), 17:27.|
|- 3, Nashville Goal - Sergei Kostitsyn (5), from Shea Weber at 4:40. 4, Washington Goal - Alexander Semin (7), from Marcus Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom at 10:21. 5, Washington Power-Play Goal - Troy Brouwer (9), from Dennis Wideman and Marcus Johansson at 13:46. Penalties - Craig Smith, Nashville (Holding), 13:19; Joel Ward, Washington (Slashing), 14:16.|