The Washington Times - November 10, 2011, 09:28AM

Tuesday night was pretty bad in just about every facet for the Capitals. But one player stood out as having a particularly good game: 20-year-old Cody Eakin. Eakin was the only plus player and had an impressive assist on John Carlson’s goal.

“I thought I played pretty sturdy,” Eakin said. “I don’t think I made too many mistakes and I just kept my legs moving the whole game.”

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Now, it wasn’t a game-changing, team-carrying performance, as Eakin pointed out.

“I only played 10 minutes. Some of the other guys, you times that by two and things can change,” he said. “It was only a few minutes, but I thought I played all right.”

Eakin was on the ice for just 14 shifts and 10:44 because he doesn’t see any time on the power play or the penalty kill. But playing on Marcus Johansson’s left wing, Eakin had a spark to his step and also had one of the most heads-up passes of the game to set up a goal.

Johansson won the faceoff back to him, and Eakin tapped it out to a very wide open Carlson at the point. It was so quick, the Stars couldn’t get in front of the shot and goalie Kari Lehtonen couldn’t stop it. That’s not a set play, Eakin confirmed. Instead it was a good example of the rookie’s vision.

“I think it’s just the winger’s job to help out the centerman, wherever the puck comes,” he said.

Here’s video of that goal, with Eakin’s pass the playmaking move: