Ovechkin is 11 goals away from hitting the 700-goal mark.

Ovechkin and the team chose for him to play Saturday against the New York Islanders, Washington's last game before the break.

The free agent first baseman said he's "not worried" about the status of his contract negotiations with the Nationals.


"It’s important that he will stay here for a long time and, how he said, he wanted to make sure he stay here in Washington and it’s just great. Happy for him and he deserve it.”

“I am a born and raised Capital, and that is where I want to finish,” Backstrom said.

Ovechkin scores twice to move into sole possession of 11th place on the all-time goals list.

“The league has changed a lot ... rest is a weapon now and it is kind of trending around the league," Tom Wilson said. 'Guys are getting a little more time off than old-school players did. It’s good, you just have to listen to your body.”

Reshuffled power play produces Washington’s lone goal. Other bright spots? Not so much.

Oshie will join defenseman John Carlson, goaltender Braden Holtby and Coach Todd Reirden at the league's annual event.

Jakub Vrana, who has scored 19 even-strength goals this season, will be moved up to the top power-play unit.

Since Dec. 1, the Capitals rank 30th on the power play at 13.7 percent.

Giveaways, a faltering power play and sloppy puck management spell doom again against a Metro foe.

The captain has 684 career goals, matching Teemu Selanne for 11th most in NHL history.

Samsonov, who will be in net against Ottawa Tuesday night at Capital One Arena, is the first goaltender in franchise history to record 11 wins within his first 13 starts.

Sunday’s overtime victory against the Sharks was the Capitals’ 14th comeback win, tied with the St. Louis Blues for the most in NHL this season.

Lars Eller got the overtime winner. T.J. Oshie scored the equalizer with 14.2 seconds left in regulation, just seconds after Jakub Vrana scored his second goal of the game.

The first Russian captain to lead his team to a Stanley Cup title, will mark his 10th anniversary on Sunday, when the Capitals host the Sharks.

Rookie netminder stops 38 shots and remains unbeaten on the road, helping Washington stop a two-game skid.

Reirden will become the first head coach in Capitals history to coach in multiple All-Star Games.

Since Dec. 9, the Capitals have gone 5-5-0.

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