“….The Road Is Life”: Capitals Set New Franchise Road Record, Alex Ovechkin Now 7th All-Time In Even-Strength Goals On The Road

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“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.

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.”

“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

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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3 Responses to “….The Road Is Life”: Capitals Set New Franchise Road Record, Alex Ovechkin Now 7th All-Time In Even-Strength Goals On The Road

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Old Grouch Day One Caps Fan can’t hide from the Caps’ record 7-2-2. Lead the league in goals scored with 41. It was an odd start for the 2019 Caps but then the beginning of every season is bizarre.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    A good start road/home doesn’t define a season! But wins early in the year puts a hockey team in good position to solidify a playoff spot once the regular season commences. Good/ great NHL players eventually climb the ladder to be near or at the top with the greats in the game. We/Washington fans have been treated to some great moments finally cumulating with the teams first Stanley Cup win in franchise history. Some of the best hockey clubs keep producing wonderful talented players to maintain a higher position in the standings year in year out.

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