The Washington Capitals' 5 Best Goals so Far in 2013-14
The Washington Capitals are once again an offensive juggernaut, as the team entered Tuesday night's slate of games as the Eastern Conference's top-scoring team with 69 goals in 21 games.
As such, it's only natural that the Caps have treated their fans to some truly remarkable goals thus far.
With exceptionally skilled skaters such as Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Martin Erat and John Carlson on the roster, it's really no surprise that this group has managed to light the lamp in style on a consistent basis.
Now, with the 2013-14 season just past the quarter pole, here's a look at the Capitals' five best goals so far.
Tom Wilson vs. the Islanders, November 5, 2013
It took Tom Wilson a little bit of time to notch his first NHL goal, but when the 2012 first-rounder finally found the back of the net, he did so in style.
With the Caps up 5-2 on the Islanders late in the third period, Adam Oates opted to use the power forward on the power play, and he quickly sealed the game's outcome with a beautiful tip-in off a pinpoint-accurate feed from Ovechkin.
Though Wilson didn't necessarily have to do much on the play, his redirection was poised and precise, and he once again validated the Capitals' decision to keep him with the big club for 2013-14.
Jason Chimera vs. the Flyers, November 1, 2013
Though Joel Ward has gotten a great deal of credit for the third line's offensive contributions, Jason Chimera has quietly put together an impressive start statistically.
Against the Flyers, in what would turn out to be a 7-0 romp, Chimera scored one of the prettier goals of his career to make the score 3-0 midway through the second period in Philadelphia.
After jumping on a loose puck in the neutral zone, Chimera used his trademark speed to break in all alone on Ray Emery, and as soon as it looked like the veteran grinder had run out of room, he put the puck into the roof of the net with a quick flick of the wrists.
Nicklas Backstrom vs. the Oilers, October 24, 2013
In late October, with the Caps up 2-0 early in the third period on the road against the struggling Edmonton Oilers, Washington's top line put together a beautiful passing play to put the game out of reach.
After Ovechkin's shot was foiled, the captain wheeled up the boards in the offensive zone, and after creating space between himself and his closest opponent, he found Johansson just to the left of the Oilers' net.
From there, Johansson fed his Swedish linemate on the doorstep, and Backstrom completed a pretty passing play with a tap-in on Devan Dubnyk to make the score 3-0.
Connor Carrick vs. the Flames, October 3, 2013
On October 3, the Caps were 0-1 and down 2-0 to the Flames during the team's home opener, but rookie rearguard Connor Carrick gave the team some life after exiting the penalty box midway through the second period.
After taking a crafty outlet pass from Johansson, Carrick raced in on a breakaway against Karri Ramo and provided the Verizon Center faithful with one of the prettiest first NHL goals you'll ever see.
With a quick move from his forehand to the backhand, Carrick froze Ramo, and at the last second, pulled the puck back to his forehand side before deftly slipping the puck past the helpless goaltender.
And, the goal proved to be a big one, as the Capitals rallied back to win their first game of the season in a shootout.
Alex Ovechkin vs. the Blues, November 17, 2013
Earlier this week, the Caps took on one of the league's best teams, as they welcomed the red-hot Blues to Washington for a Sunday matinee.
Despite the Blues' impressive defense, it didn't take long for Ovechkin and Backstrom to remind St. Louis how dangerous they are when playing with confidence.
After the Caps' defense regrouped just inside Washington's blue line, Backstrom delicately tipped a pass to a streaking Ovechkin, who roared down the right wing with a full head of steam.
Just as it appeared that he'd attempt one of his signature curl-and-drag moves, Ovechkin unleashed an absolute bullet that flew past Jaroslav Halak and into the top left corner of the net for his 16th of the season.