Marcus Johansson scored his second goal of the season during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Ottawa in a move that you likely have seen before if you’ve watched all of Washington’s first four games.
Both of the 21-year-old Swede’s goals have been pretty wraparounds that showcase his speed and skating ability as he beats opponents to the far side of the net.
Johansson, who was a healthy scratch in the opener, has three points, nine shots and is a plus-1 in three games. Jason Chimera (3) and Dennis Wideman (2) are the only other Capitals who have scored more than one goal through the first four games.
“I was looking for Sasha in the middle and you know I couldn’t find [him],” Johansson said of the play leading to his goal against Ottawa. “So, I was just trying to get it to the net – sometimes [the wraparound] works.”
After being scratched, Johansson made it quite clear that he didn’t want to watch the Capitals play while healthy ever again. Since his return he continues to play with poise and is showing an ability to be more assertive in his game.
“If you compare preseason to regular season, he’s doing more out there,” fellow Swede Nicklas Backstrom said. “He doesn’t wait for the puck, he takes care of it himself. Now he wants the puck more. That’s what he has to do. He’s good with the puck and he’s a good skater and that’s what he has to do every night.”