The Capitals extended their franchise-record winning streak to 13 games tonight with a 5-2 victory over Atlanta at Verizon Center.
Nicklas Backstrom scored the go-ahead goal at 15 minutes 29 seconds of the second period, and Washington broke open the game in the third with consecutive goals by Alexander Semin and Jason Chimera. Michal Neuvirth, who was recalled this morning after spending some time in Hershey with the AHL's Bears, made 43 saves. The Capitals have outscored opponents 28-6 in the third period during the win streak.
Backstrom, however, was not on the ice during the third period. The center has had migraines that have forced him to leave games early, although there was no immediate official word from the team about his absence.
The Capitals next play on Sunday against arch-rival Pittsburgh. The game is scheduled for noon despite the heavy snow that's blanketing the D.C. area.
UPDATED: Coach Bruce Boudreau said Backstrom was not on the ice in the final period because he was feeling ill. He is expected to play against the Penguins.