The Washington Capitals rolled to another high-scoring win on Tuesday night, and did so by scoring four power play goals. While their 8-7-0 overall record shows that there have been some ups-and-downs this season, when the Capitals have scored two or more power play goals they have only lost once – and that was on opening night. Their 6-2 win over the New York Islanders showed that their is much more to the Capitals offense than Alex Ovechkin, even though the star winger had a pair of goals in his return from an injury that kept him out of the last two games. Alexander Urbom, Marcus Johansson and Tom Wilson each got their first goals of the season, adding even more depth scoring on a team that has at least one goal from nearly every player and power play points from more than 10 players.
For all of their dominance when the power play is clicking, the Capitals have also gone stretches with no man-advantage scoring this season. Monday’s four power play goals was a season-high, and they have converted two or more times in six different games but have been unable to convert in seven contests. Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green have been reliable as usual, but seeing players like Urbom and Wilson get some time on special teams and succeed is great for the team. Both of Ovechkin’s goals against the Islanders came on the power play, and brought his season total to 12 (behind only Alex Steen of the St. Louis Blues for the league lead). The Capitals have shown that they have a deadly power play, now they just need to use it consistently and improve their play at even strength the rest of the season.