How close were Caps to breaking records on Tuesday?

How close were Caps to breaking records on Tuesday?
December 12, 2013, 11:00 am
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Caps week in review: 12.12.13

Tuesday night’s remarkable 6-5 come-from-way-behind victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning had some incredible storylines, but was it a record-breaking night?

Not quite.

We thumbed through the Capitals’ record books for a statistical comparison of three of Tuesday night’s rarities.

Alex Ovechkin’s four-goal night: It marked the fourth time in Ovechkin’s career that he lit the lamp four times in one game. The Caps record of five is shared by two players – Peter Bondra [Feb. 5, 1994 vs Tampa] and Bengt Gustafsson [Jan. 8, 1984 at Philadelphia].

Nicklas Backstrom’s five-point night [1 goal, 4 assists]: Backstrom matched his career highs in assists [he’s had four in one game eight times] and points [he’s had five points four times]. The franchise records for assists in a game is six and it belongs to Mike Ridley [Jan. 7, 1989 vs. Chicago]. Backstrom fell two points shy of the club record for points in a game. Jaromir Jagr [Jan. 11, 2003 vs. Florida] and Dino Ciccarelli [March 18, 1989 vs. Hartford] share that record.

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Mike Green’s 18 penalty minutes: Green’s forgettable first period easily surpassed his career-high of seven penalty minutes in one game. It also surpassed Tyson Strachan’s season-high of 17 penalty minutes in one game. But it fell well short of the club record of 34 penalty minutes in one game, a dubious feat belonging to Randy Holt, who piled up all of those penalty minutes in one period against the Flyers on March 27, 1982. According to the box score from that night, Holt didn’t even get into a fight. He was issued a slashing minor, a 10-minute misconduct and two game misconducts.