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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Capital Milestones, 4/22/10

After last night's game in Montreal, several Capitals have achieved milestones.

-Semyon Varlamov won his 10th career playoff game.  With his 3rd win of the season, he has moved into second place in team history in wins by a rookie, behind himself.  Remember he turns 22 in five days.  

#40 Semyon Varlamov

-Jason Chimera scored his first career playoff goal in his 10th career playoff game.  It is also his first game-winning goal.

 #25 Jason Chimera

-Boyd Gordon scored his first career playoff goal three nights ago in Montreal in what was his 23rd career playoff game.  Needless to say, it was also his first shorthanded goal.  He also recorded a shorthanded assist last night on Mike Knuble's goal, a gorgeous play that made me shake my head again when I think for the umpteenth time what Gordon could do with talented linemates, especially if he can make any play with Mike Knuble involved "gorgeous."  With a shorthanded assist on Milan Jurcina's goal against Pittsburgh last year, 3 of Gordon's 5 career points in the playoffs are shorthanded. 

#15 Boyd Gordon

-Obviously John Carlson scored his first career playoff goal a few nights ago in his second career playoff game. Last night, with the second assist on the Knuble shorthanded goal, he tied the Capitals record for most assists in the playoffs by a rookie with 3.  Don't look now, but he's a point-per-game defenseman in the playoffs.  And he's a rookie.  And he will be a rookie again next year.  And he just turned 20. 

-Alexander Ovechkin notched 2 goals last night to move up to a tie for 4th All-Time in career playoff goals in Capitals history with 19.  He is tied with Mike Ridley and Michal Pivonka on that list.  Ovechkin just played his 25th career playoff game; Ridley played in 76 playoff games with the Caps, Pivonka played in 95.

        #17 Mike Ridley                    #20 Michal Pivonka    

-This isn't a milestone, but it is fun:  Nicklas Backstrom is in a three-way tie for the lead in playoff goals with 5.  The other two in that tie are Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg and Vancouver's Mikael Samuelsson.  It might not happen again that three Swedes lead the NHL in goals, but I'm sure they're proud of it while it lasts.  Perhaps if there was a goal scoring crown for the playoffs it could be a Tre Kronor.  

Samuelsson       Backstrom        Zetterberg

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