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Alex Ovechkin steals the show in one-sided rivalry win over Penguins

Alex Ovechkin steals the show in one-sided rivalry win over Penguins

Alex Ovechkin stole the show in Wednesday's rivalry matchup as he scored twice to lead the Washington Capitals to the 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

How it happened: On the verge of a career milestone, Ovechkin didn't wait long to earn point No. 1,000. He scored just 35 seconds into the game off a nice curl-and-drag around Kris Letang before wristing it past Fleury. He would add a power play goal in the second period to extend the lead to 2. Justin Williams finished the Penguins off in the third period as he was on the receiving end of some Evgeny Kuznetsov magic from behind the net. The Penguins would manage two third period goals from Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist, but it would not be enough to mount a comeback.

What it means: With the win, Washington now vaults the Penguins for second place in the Metropolitan Division with 59 points. The win extends Washington’s win streak to a season-long seven games and improves their record over the last 18 games to 14-2-2. The Caps are now 2-0-1 against Pittsburgh this season and 7-5-4 within the division.

Turning point: Ovechkin's first goal set the tone for the whole game, but it was his second period game that really slammed the door. Pittsburgh actually outshot Washington 28 to 16 in total shot attempts in the first period. By the end of the second period, the Caps actually led in total shot attempts 34 to 33. At that point, Washington was in complete control.

1,000: Ovechkin’s first period goal was career point No. 1,000 for the Great 8. You can read more about him reaching the milestone here and what exactly 1,000 points mean historically here.

Don't forget about Holtby: Braden Holtby continued his incredible play of late with 30 saves in the win. The Caps netminder has now allowed only three goals in the last four games.

Pushing around the Penguins: In their last two games against Pittsburgh, the Caps have outscored the Penguins by a combined score of 11-3.

It's not all good: Just about the only thing Washington didn't do well on Wednesday was stay out of the box. Washington took seven minor penalties on the game, four of which resulted in power plays. Both of Pittsburgh's goals came on the power play.

Look ahead: The schedule doesn’t get any easier for Washington as they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday and division rival Philadelphia on Sunday. The Caps then have the quick turnaround with Monday night rematch with the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

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Game 46: Capitals at Stars game time, how to watch, open thread

Game 46: Capitals at Stars game time, how to watch, open thread

The red-hot Capitals will look to finally end the curse of the Dallas Stars, a team they have not beaten since 2008. Just two days after chasing goalie Jake Allen in St. Louis (twice), Washington's red-hot offense will face another struggling goalie duo in Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen who each have managed a save percentage of only .902 this season.

Stream the game via CSNmidatlantic.com/CapitalsStream or tune in to CSN+ at 7:30 p.m. for coverage. Here is everything you need to know:

What: Washington Capitals vs. Dallas Stars

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

When: Saturday, 1/21 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How to Watch: Capitals at Stars will be broadcast on CSN+.

When is the Capitals-Stars game?

The Capitals (30-9-6) play the Dallas Stars (19-20-8) Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

What channel is the Capitals-Stars game on?

The Capitals-Stars game is broadcast on CSN+. The coverage of the game begins at 7:30 p.m. with Caps GameTime. The game begins at 8:00 p.m with Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin. For postgame coverage, stick around for Caps Extra following the game and Caps in 30 at midnight. (CSN channel Finder)

Where can I stream the Capitals-Stars game?

The Capitals-Stars game, along with Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here on csnmidatlantic.com/CapitalsStream and the NBC Sports app and is available to authenticated CSN Mid-Atlantic subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

What are the lines for the Capitals-Stars game?

Based Thursday's game, here are the projected lines:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Defense
Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Dmitry Orlov
Taylor Chorney - Nate Schmidt

Goalies
Philipp Grubauer starts with Braden Holtby as backup

Scratches
John Carlson

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At 35, Caps' Justin Williams is still getting it done

At 35, Caps' Justin Williams is still getting it done

It’s been a few weeks since Justin Williams started producing like Justin Williams again. But what he’s managed to do during the Capitals’ hot spell has got to be heartening for the team and its fan base.

Since the Caps’ offensive breakout began 11 games ago in New Jersey, the 35-year-old winger leads the team in goals (8) and ranks second in shots (27).

No one in the league has scored more goals than Williams since New Year’s Eve.

Compare that to the two goals Williams mustered in the first 24 games and, yeah, that slow start is disappearing in the rearview mirror—fast.

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Over the last 22 games, in fact, Williams has been a point per game player, racking up 14 goals and eight assists in that span after scoring in Thursday’s 7-3 win in St. Louis.

With 16 goals on the season, including four in the last three games, the veteran is on pace for 29 goals, which would be his highest total since he potted 33 as a Hurricane in 2006-07.

After the St. Louis game, Williams said Coach Barry Trotz’s decision to keep together the forward lines in recent weeks has helped boost everyone’s production.

“There’s something to be said for chemistry within lines,” said Williams, who has been skating with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson. “Once you’re with someone for a little bit, it’s just human nature that you’re going to learn their ticks and where they’re going to be and their voice, all of the above.”

The Caps are 17-2-1 this season when Williams records a point.    

On Saturday, Williams and his teammates will wrap up the two-game Dad’s Trip with a stop in Dallas, where they’ll face a Stars’ team they have not defeated since 2008.

“As I said earlier, I’m 35-years-old and I still want to impress my dad,” he said of his father, Craig. “I feel his eyes on me. He’s watching. I can see him sitting up there in the press box. It’s fun having him here, that’s for sure. You don’t know how many more we’re going to get, so you just enjoy the time that you have together.”

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