Nicklas Backstrom works along the half-wall en route to a power play goal. (Yahoo!)
The Washington Capitals rebounded from a disappointing game Saturday to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 inside Verizon Center on Sunday evening. Getting a goal from Alex Ovechkin 19 seconds in to the game, the Caps also got goals from Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera, and Marcus Johansson to make it 4-1 in the middle of the second period. Buffalo would score two to make it 4-3 by the middle of the third period, but Mathieu Perreault sealed the result with five minutes to go in the game to back Braden Holtby’s 27 saves. With the win, Washington moves to 12-15-1, good for fourth in the Southeast Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference. According to SportsClubStats, their odds of making the playoffs are currently 9.2%.
One thing that has been excellent under Adam Oates consistently despite the Caps’ up and down 2013 season has been the power play, clicking along at a rate near 25% for the majority of the year. Fortified by power play wizard Mike Ribeiro, the Washington man advantage unit has, for the most part, been regular in its strength off attack (though it, like all power plays, has gone through some dry spells). This is especially remarkable with the absence of Mike Green recently, who is the Caps’ best offensive defenseman and helps run the power play from the point. Granted, this power play excellence has come with a sharp decrease in penalty kill percentage – but fans should be happy with how well the man advantage unit is playing this year. A good power play is very fun to watch.no comments