Nicklas Backstrom returns to the lineup tonight for the Washington Capitals. The Caps, who’ve only seen Backstrom, Mike Green, Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin together in nine previous games this season are 9-0 in those contests.
Alexander and Alex - Washington’s Alexander Semin now has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his last eight games, including three multi-point games during that stretch. He’s also extended his point streak to four games after adding an assist in Saturday’s loss to San Jose. The Caps will also look to Alex Ovechkin for success in LA. He’s recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in six career games against the Kings. Further, Ovechkin has tallied 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists) against Pacific-Division opponents.
Congratulations to Alexander Semin, who’s helpers on an Alex Ovechkin goal and a Keith Aucoin tally in last night’s 5-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings, gave him his 399th and 400th career points. Semin now has 28 assists on the season and 46 points.
The 2012 Stanley Cup seminfinals between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers has been a tight, defensive series where six of the seven games have been decided by one goal. A lot of credit has been given to the defensive pairing of John Carlson and Karl Alzner and their ability to block shots. Carlson leads the team and is second in the NHL in blocked shots during the playoffs (37), just trailing Dan Girardi of the New York Rangers. Karl Alzner is right behind him at third on the team and sixth in the league (32). Carlson is also fourth on the team in hits (30) and has registered five playoff points (two goals, three assists) during the 2012 run, including three points in his last five games.
Caps winger Alex Ovechkin was named the NHL’s ‘Second Star’ for the week ending Jan. 1. Ovechkin scored five goals and dished out two assists for a seven point week with a +4 rating as Washington went on to win three of four starts. He also recorded a point in each game, extending his point streak to six games during that time span.
Nineteen year-old, Capitals’ prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov (second-round, 26th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft) is the captain of team Russia in the IIHF World Junior Championship, which kicked off yesterday. At last year’s world juniors, Kuznetsov finished tied for second in scoring alongside Vladimir Tarasenko with four goals and seven assists.
Earlier this month we posted a picture of captain Alex Ovechkin’s new home in McLean, VA. Curbed DC posted another article about the winger’s $4.2 million dollar pad and its amenities. Click the picture to read the full article.