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The Noon Number: You Always Remember Your First

A look at the helping hands that have aided the current Caps in getting on the board

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3 - Number of current Capitals whose first NHL goal was assisted by Jason Chimera, one more than the number of Caps who will be able to tell their grandkids that Alex Ovechkin set up their first tally in the League (which includes Tom Wilson, whose eyes are probably still burning this morning).

Here's a list of the skaters who have laced 'em up for the Caps so far this year, and the players who assisted on their respective first NHL goals:

Player Assists
Karl Alzner Unassisted
Nicklas Backstrom Viktor Kozlov and Michael Nylander
Jay Beagle Unassisted
Troy Brouwer Patrick Sharp and Aaron Johnson
John Carlson Jason Chimera and John Erskine
Connor Carrick Marcus Johansson and Karl Alzner
Jason Chimera Todd Marchant and Janne Niinimaa
Martin Erat David Legwand and Vladimir Orszagh
John Erskine Mike Modano
Eric Fehr Alexander Semin
Mikhail Grabovski Bryan Smolinski and Mathieu Dandenault
Mike Green Alex Ovechkin and Chris Clark
Jack Hillen Blake Comeau and Dean McAmmond
Marcus Johansson Jason Chimera and Matt Hendricks
Brooks Laich Jakub Klepis and Tomas Fleischmann
Michael Latta To be determined
Steve Oleksy Jason Chimera and Marcus Johansson
Alex Ovechkin Dainius Zubrus and Jeff Halpern
Nate Schmidt To be determined
Alexander Urbom Jacob Josefson and David Clarkson
Aaron Volpatti Alexandre Bolduc
Joel Ward J.P. Dumont and Jason Arnott
Tom Wilson Alex Ovechkin and Mikhail Grabovski

Congrats to Wilson, and heads up to Latta and Schmidt - you guys might want to wear goggles for the postgame scrum when you score your first...


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