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|Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:24 am Post subject: Caps Today and Game Notes for vs. Tampa
Making moves – As yesterday’s NHL trade deadline came and went, no team was more active than Washington . The Caps made four trades yesterday, acquiring defenseman Joe Corvo and right wing Scott Walker from Carolina , center Eric Belanger from Minnesota , and defenseman Milan Jurcina, a familiar face, from Columbus . With the trades the Caps have added a mix of grit and speed up front, and depth to their backline. Both Corvo and Belanger previously played for coach Bruce Boudreau in the AHL. Only one other time in team history have the Caps made four trades in one day. On Feb. 26, 2008, the Caps acquired Cristobal Huet, Sergei Federov, Matt Cooke, and Alexandre Giroux in four separate trades.
NOTE OF THE NIGHT
Home run – Washington , 23-3-3 at home, has a club-record 11 straight wins at Verizon Center as it begins a five-game homestand. The Capitals haven’t lost at home in the new year, since a Dec. 28 loss to Carolina .
Washington has sold out all 29 home games this year and a club-record 36 in a row dating back to last season. The Capitals have the fewest regulation losses at home in the NHL.
FIVE MORE NOTES NO MEDIA PERSON SHOULD BE WITHOUT
Welcome aboard –Thursday’s game could mark the Capitals debut for three players acquired before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline: Eric Belanger, Joe Corvo and Scott Walker.
90 and climbing –Alex Ovechkin –the only player in the NHL with 90 points each season since the lockout –is one point shy of that mark again this season. He has six more points than any other player (Henrik Sedin, 83, is second). Ovechkin is the only Capital in history with more than two consecutive 90-point seasons.
Green pastures –Mike Green has points in each of the last eight games he has played (3g-8a), including five straight since serving a suspension. He had the game-winning goal last night in Buffalo and leads all NHL defensemen in goals (15), assists (46) and points (61). His +29 rating is second among all NHL defensemen, trailing only teammate Jeff Schultz (+37). Green has joined Sergei Gonchar, Nicklas Lidstrom and Scott Niedermayer as the only defensemen with two 60-point seasons since the 2004-05 work stoppage.
Leading the way –The Capitals are the only team in the NHL with four players with 60-plus points and five players with 20-plus goals. The Capitals and Sharks are the only teams with two 30-goal scorers.
A solid stretch –The Capitals are 18-2-2 since Alex Ovechkin was named team captain Jan. 5 and have scored at least three goals in each of those 22 games.