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Video: Chris Brown scores first NHL goal, Capitals win in San Jose for first time since 1993

Mar 23, 2014, 2:00 AM EDT

Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, Alex Ovechkin AP

The Washington Capitals were once again losing in San Jose, until Chris Brown scored his first National Hockey League goal and put them back on even ground with the Sharks.

Brown tied the game at two goals apiece with under eight minutes remaining in the third period, before Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom scored in the shootout to give the Capitals a 3-2 victory over the Sharks.

Now, the win in San Jose is significant. As the Washington Post reported, the Capitals had not won a game in San Jose since 1993! It also puts the Capitals right back into the thick of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference. They’re now up to 79 points, which ties them with the Detroit Red Wings, current holders of the second Wild Card spot.

The Capitals are ninth in the East, while the Columbus Blue Jackets fell all the way to 10th.

  1. lowenni - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    Good win for the Caps. Wouldn’t really say we outplayed any of the 3 California teams on this roadtrip, but to get 5 of a possible 6 points against some of the best teams in the league should be good for the teams confidence going forward. Playoff push is really tight right now. Also, Holtbeast played lights out in his first start in 7 games.

  2. sjsharks66 - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:34 AM

    Congrats to the Caps! Can’t be too mad about that loss.

    • manilarizzo - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:05 AM

      Sjsharks66, appreciate the respect. As a caps fan of 25 years I have nothing else to say in the matchup but 20 years without a victory in the tank???!! Finally. This team has skill. But it lacks heart save for Backstrom, Wardo, and a few others. I hate to say it bc I do love some Ovi when he’s in his zone and taking people out but we remain a team without an identity. With all the talent we have I can’t help think its a reflection of coaching. Sorry Oates but I don’t think you are the guy for this squad.

      All that being said. Props to the caps for 5 of 6 points on a brutal Anaheim, LA, San Jose road trip. Says something about the grit of this club. If they manage to get in, anything can happen.

      • bmoreredfury311 - Mar 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Your exactly right maniarizzo. The Caps have some very good talent, but Oates and Ovi (as the captain) lack heart and that killer intensity that the winning teams have. It was a very good road trip, but i still do not think they will and deserve to make the playoffs.

        Naturally I’m torn, i always want the Caps to make in the playoffs, but not if there going to just go belly up, in the first or second round. I still feel McPhee needs to go. They already have change coaches three times and the only one left to go is McPhee. We’ll see what Caps team comes back East. Go Caps!

      • Ross Hollebon - Mar 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        Right with you, bmoreredfury311. I don’t see it as Oates and Ovi who lack the killer instincts, so much as McPhee. He has done a great job in terms of keeping this team competitive to make the playoffs, but this skill set would be better served in a place like Edmonton who needs stability. The Caps need a leader (above the ice) who is hungry and can see the team and franchise with fresh eyes. I appreciate much of what GMGM has been able to do, but I do believe he has plateaued and a change could help the Caps and GMGM find more success in different directions. #LetsGoCaps

  3. killerpgh - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    I still remember when the Sharks became a team. Can’t believe it’s been over 20 years they been around. Lets alone 20 years since the Capitals last won a game in San Jose.

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