It often looks like this group — Andre Burakovsky, Lars Eller, Brett Connolly, Dmitry Orlov and Matt Niskanen — picks up mop-up duty after the first unit cannot score a goal.
The Capitals will look to carry this special teams success (they have also not given up a power-play goal in three games) into a matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins inside PPG Paints Arena at 7 p.m. on Friday.
The Burakovsky goal came with Alex Ovechkin still on the ice, so it wasn’t the complete second unit, even if Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie and John Carlson were on the bench.
Ovechkin will often stick on the ice a bit longer than the rest of the first power-play unit, as he is the team’s biggest threat with his slap shot from the left faceoff circle.
Opposing penalty kills shift to Ovechkin’s side of the ice to limit his touches, and that opens up space for the other four players on either the first or second unit.
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