Washington Capitals 2-5 San Jose Sharks
Washington Capitals 2-5 Los Angeles Kings
Marcus Johansson: A thumbs-up player last week, Johansson continued his breakout with another good couple of games. Though he struggled a little against the Sharks, he was the only real contributor in the Kings game, scoring both goals and being only one of two plus-players.
Alexander Semin: Semin is another player who is bouncing back big time after a bad start to the season. His cumulative stats this week: 2 Games, 0 Goals, 2 Assists, +1, 2 PIMs, 4 Shots. To put it simply, Sasha is making it increasingly difficult for George McPhee to trade him.
The Defense: Not much went right this week, but that is in large part due to the team's dismal defending. That was evident when the Caps gave up five goals to the league's worst offense in the Kings. Combined, the defenders were -9 in the two games. The goaltending wasn't great either, as Tomas Vokoun, a thumbs-up player a week ago, managed just a .874 save percentage and a 5.54 goals-against-average. Not good.