Another game and another goal for second-year center Marcus Johansson, who tallied his third goal of the year on Tuesday night in Washington’s 3-0 win over Florida.
It’s the second time this season that Johansson’s notched the game-winner for the Capitals but the third time that he’s scored within only a few feet of the right goal post.
His latest tally, though, came on the power play. It was the third straight game that the Capitals have recorded a goal on the man-advantage and marked Johansson’s continued presence so far this season.
“It’s a great way to get one and he hasn’t gotten too many on the power play from that spot,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “If we can get power play on a continual basis, chipping in a goal or if we ever get more than one power play in a game … and keep working at the power play, I think that’s really good.”
To give the Capitals a 1-0 lead Johansson stuffed the puck past his former Swedish national teammate Jacob Markstrom, who made his first NHL start on Tuesday. The 21-year-old Markstrom is friends with Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom, whom he spent the offseason training with.
“We played a couple years in the national team together and all that stuff. I know him well,” said Johansson, who laughed when asked if he knew Markstrom’s secrets. “He’s a good goalie overall. I don’t think he’s got many weaknesses. He’s a great competitor and he never quits on the puck. I got nothing bad to say about that guy.”