Another night, another win at Verizon Center for the Caps. Here are some notes for thought:
* The Caps are now 21-1-1 at the Phone Booth if you count the last six regular season games of last year. That’s crazy.
* Alex Ovechkin has 23 goals in his past 24 games, including the game-winner in each of the past two nights. Also crazy.
* The Caps have won 12 of 16 overall and are alone in second place in the Eastern Conference.
* Brooks Laich has five goals in eight games after potting zero in the previous 10.
“I think I’m doing the same things,” Laich said. “I’m working just as hard as I was before, just sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t. Right now they’re going in, and it is fun when they’re going in. I am just going to keep riding the wave.”
* Nicklas Backstrom has 26 assists and 36 points in 25 games.
* Matt Bradley took a nasty spill into the boards late in the game. Bruce Boudreau wasn’t sure if he was actually injured or not when he talked to him after the game.
* Mike Green and Jeff Schultz were back in the lineup, and Green collected two assists.
* Green did not lead the team in ice time. That honor went to Karl Alzner, who logged 22:39. Alzner is third in the league in ice time among rookie defensemen, behind Drew Doughty of Los Angeles and Toronto’s Luke Schenn, who is out with an injury. It is a little less than a month away, but could a trip to Montreal for all-star weekend, namely a spot in the rookie-sophomore game be in Alzner’s future?
* Jose Theodore has won three straight starts for the first time this season. He has stopped 62 of the past 65 shots he’s faced. His critics can probably catch up on some sleep for the next 48 hours.
“I’m not really looking at the wins,” Theodore said. “I’m taking it one game at a time and right now it’s been a couple of games I’ve been feeling really good. It’s kind of fun to get a couple of starts in a row. It’s easier for a goalie to get on a roll when you do play a lot.”
* Laich on Mike Gartner night:
“I had a chance to meet him yesterday — just a genuine guy. I watched him a lot growing up but to be able to meet a living legend who scores over 700 goals — when he left here he was the games played leader, goals, assists, points, you name it — he was Mr. Washington Capital.”