After 29 games without a goal, even Steckel got into the act with his first midway through the third period. With the Caps on the power play, Green sent a perfect pass from the right wing to Steckel, who was crashing toward the left post.
“It was great. I had a smile from ear to ear, and I will probably have one all night long,” Steckel said. “It has been a long year for me so far, but it is great to get the first one.”
The Caps pushed their record to 6-2 this season without Ovechkin, who is expected to play Monday at Tampa Bay. Washington has scored 36 goals in the eight games without its franchise player; Fleischmann has eight of them.
“We have guys who step up and play when [Ovechkin] is not in the lineup,” Green said. “We know how important he is to our team, and we know when he’s not there how important he is to our team. That’s all that is.”
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