Here is a look at some of the more interesting numbers and statistics from the Washington Capitals 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks:
1999 – Was the last time that the Caps beat the Sharks – Feb. 20th, 1999 to be exact.
169 – Career points in 171 games, for Nicklas Backstrom, after he set up Alexander Semin in the 1st. It was Backstrom’s 9th assist, and 11th point of this 7-game season.
28 – Minutes of ice-time for blue chip blue-liner Mike Green (27:59)
15 – Shots, 15 saves for Semyon Varlamov.
13 – Of the Caps 37 shots, including 8 in the first period, came from Alexander the Great – incredible. San Jose had 28 shots.
13 – Shots for Jose Theodore in the first before he left with what were apparently back spasms – Theodore stopped 12 of the 13 shots.
12 – Of 16 at the face-off dot for David Steckle, for an amazing 75%; unfortunately, Backstrom was just 5 of 17 (29%).
11 – Games in a row that the Sharks had won against the Caps – until Thursday night.
7 – Goals in 7 games for Ovechkin
6 – Goals in 7 games for Semin
5 – Power plays in the first for Washington, with two-man advantages twice due to overlapping calls. Washington only scored one PP goal, but killing the penalties, wore the Sharks out.
4 – Game losing streak for the Capitals comes to an end.
3 – Games Ovechkin had gone without a goal.
2 – Assists for both Brendan Morrison and for Mike Knuble, on two Ovechkin goals; it was their first game playing on a line together.
1 – Big win for the Caps. They needed to get the monkey off their back, and get back to winning hockey games.