“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” Jack Kerouac penned those liberating words over 62 years ago in his literary classic, “On The Road”. And life “on the road” has been good for Washington.
The Capitals road work so far this season has been impressive. Right from the start, the Capitals have found a way to win on the road. First, beating the defending Stanley Cup champions on their banner-raising night, followed with wins over the Islanders, Stars, Blackhawks and Flames, all in their own barns.
For the first time in franchise history, the Capitals have won five of their first six road games.
For the first time in franchise history, the #Caps have earned five wins (5-1-0) in their first six road games.
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) October 23, 2019
The Capitals have the best road record in the league right now. The Capitals were 24-15-2 on the road last season.
Alex Ovechkin is also setting new road benchmarks. His goal last night moved him passed Mark Messier for most even strength goals on the road. He is now seventh, all-time.
“Great job by Radko, stepping up in the neutral zone,” recounts Ovechkin. “And then Backy hit me with a great pass, I just had to hit the net, and I did.”
— Washington 👻 Capitals (@Capitals) October 23, 2019
“For me, the whole game goes back to Ovechkin’s goal,” said Todd Reirden. “We give up the lead, and you need a response from your leaders. And Backstrom with a phenomenal play to Ovechkin to answer right back. With the assist, Nicklas Backstrom is now fifth on the list of all-time assists by a Swedish player.
“Those are huge, huge goals. Game management and understanding the time, and that’s why they are who they are. But a really big leadership moment for me, with that goal for us,” said Reirden.
The Capitals are back in action on Thursday when they face the Oilers in Edmonton. Puck drop is 9:00 PM ET.
By Jon Sorensen