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Capitals Hit or Miss: Week 11

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The road trip ends, as does the winning streak... but does a big win over Boston salvage the week? Find out!

Boston Bruins v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

A high from the California trip leads to a low point in the season, which is then followed by a thrilling rebound against one of the League’s best. Read on!

This week’s games:


HITS

The return of Nicklas Backstrom after eight games... killing off all 13 penalties taken in this week’s games... the beginning of what is (hopefully) a change in hockey culture... Jakub Vrana’s continued mastery at even strength... the Caps’ continued mastery over the Boston Bruins... Fort Dupont’s own Coach Neal Henderson being inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame... the very special relationship between Alex Ovechkin and the ASHA... T.J. Oshie’s two-goal night, including this insane strike:

MISSES

Letting the Columbus Blue Jackets walk out of DC with a lopsided win... the end of a six-game winning streak... Ryan Getzlaf and Eric Gudbranson being big ol’ dumbasses... “The Code”... Tom Wilson dropping the gloves twice in three games... poor Tom Wilson’s poor face... nine different Caps (including five forwards) going without a point in the week’s three games...

THREE STARS

3) Nicklas Backstrom. A goal and two assists since returning from an eight-game absence? That’s the old Backstrom we know and love.

2) John Carlson. First star of the NHL’s week, second star of ours... only because it’s kind of expected that he scores all the points and continues to extend his scoring lead over the rest of the League’s blueliners.

1) T.J. Oshie. Seriously, that goal... was something else.

Weeks in Review: Hit.

So one streak ends and another - hopefully! - begins. And despite a performance against the Blue Jackets that was pretty universally panned by anyone unlucky enough to watch it, a scrappy trip-ending win over the Ducks to complete the California sweep and a bounceback win over the big, bad Bruins are enough to (almost) (sort of) (barely) erase any memories of a loss to Tortorella’s squad.