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Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 03/04/2011

Capitals' speedy third line looks promising

After one full game together, the Capitals' newly-assembled third line has already shown plenty of potential.

Jason Chimera, Marcus Johansson and Marco Sturm make up the so-called "Wheels Line," and all three have tremendous speed that could make for a fun line to watch if it remains intact down the stretch.

The trio didn't account for any goals in its debut during the Caps' 3-2 win over St. Louis on Thursday, but it wasn't for a lack of opportunities.

"We should have had four or five goals," Chimera said. "We can create so much. We've got so much speed that they have to haul you down if they're behind you."

Johansson has continued to improve throughout his rookie season and Sturm is still climbing back to full health after his recent knee troubles, so if Bruce Boudreau keeps this combination together it could continue to peak.

Boudreau is known to tinker with his forwards, but the line is going to enjoy its time together while it lasts.

"You always want to play with speed and you make it harder for the opponent to defend against you," Johansson said. "The more we get to play together, I think the better it's going to be. It's a fun line to play on and I think the longer the game went [Thursday] the better we played."

By Greg Schimmel  |  08:57 AM ET, 03/04/2011

 
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