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The Noon Number: Three-by-Three for the Third Line

A look at a D.C. rarity turned by Gang Green

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3 - Points for each member of the Caps' third line last night, which is impressive unto itself, but also happens to represent something that hasn't happened in more than seven years. Per Elias:

Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr and Joel Ward each recorded one goal and two assists for the Capitals in their 5-2 win at Carolina. It was the first Washington game in which at least three Capitals players scored three points or more but neither Nicklas Backstrom nor Alex Ovechkin was among them since Oct. 7, 2006, when Chris Clark, Brian Pothier and Alexander Semin were the three-point trio in another 5-2 Caps win against the Hurricanes. That was the second game of Ovechkin's second season in the NHL and a year before Backstrom made his NHL debut. Between that game and the one on Thursday, the Capitals had a total of 13 games in which at least three of their players registered three points or more. Backstrom was one of those players 12 times and Ovechkin 11 times.