The Washington Times - December 7, 2011, 10:41PM

That’s the way the Washington Capitals’ offense is supposed to be clicking: Four goals (plus an empty-netter), including one on the power play. A 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators was the result.

Some observations:


  • Jeff Schultz played 3:55, meaning the Caps played most of the game with five defensemen. Coach Dale Hunter explained that Schultz wasn’t an offensive defensemen, so he went with five guy instead.
  • Alex Ovechkin looked a lot like his old self for long stretches. It wasn’t streak down the left wing an fire a shot past the goalie Ovechkin, but it was control space and score Ovechkin. Vintage Ovechkin? Not 100 percent, but a better look than most games this season.
  • Ovechkin’s spear to Senators forward Chris Neil will get a look from the NHL, though it’s not certain if there will be a formal hearing.
  • It only took one game on the second line for Jeff Halpern to prove Hunter right. Halpern scored just his second of the season Wednesday night.
  • It was no surprise that Nicklas Backstrom broke the Caps’ 0-for-17 power-play drought. The Swede will likely be an All-Star at Scotiabank Place in January.