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Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Capitals’ defense continues to advance

In the 38 games since the Capitals lost, 7-0, to the New York Rangers back on Dec. 12, they’ve allowed an average of 2.07 goals against per game and they’ve only given up more than three goals five times during that span. It’s hard to look at those numbers and not realize that the Capitals have been doing something right in their own end for more than a little while now.

The shift to a more defensive posture during that low point has made much of this campaign about the Capitals’ evolution, but as the regular-season schedule wears on, it appears that stalwart nature in their own end is only growing stronger.

The Capitals’ 4-3 overtime win against the Blackhawks marked only the second time in the last 11 games that they’ve given up more than three goals. During that span of 11 contests — which dates back to the 2-1 win over Buffalo on Feb. 20, — they’ve allowed a paltry average of 1.72 goals against.

--Here’s the RSS feed for the new Capitals Insider now that our website upgrade is complete.

--Check out the recap from the Capitals’ 4-3 overtime win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, during which the line of Jason Chimera, Brooks Laich and Eric Fehr had a significant impact.

--From earlier this weekend, Marcus Johansson has stepped up in Nicklas Backstrom’s absence.

--The NHL’s general managers meet this week in Florida and concussions will be a main topic of discussion. [The Globe and Mail]

--Is it time for the NHL to address headshots? [The Edmonton Journal]

--Aside from the NHL, tough economic times can be a challenge for hockey. [Puck Daddy]

--DJ Pauly D meets the Capitals. [Homer McFanboy]

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