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All thanks to a hot start and some hot goaltending from Neuvirth, who stopped 28 shots to win his second straight.

“We’ve been stressing it for weeks now that it’s important for us to get out there, get our game established early, and if we can that first goal, it means a lot,” forward Matt Hendricks said. “And we were able to do that tonight, just like [Friday] night, and it resulted in a win. Neuvy played very well again for us. It’s fun hockey.”

And given the Capitals‘ .700 points percentage at Verizon Center, the upcoming five-game homestand could provide even more reason for optimism moving forward. March’s road slate makes picking up points at home not just valuable but essential if the Capitals hope to get into the playoffs.