Niskanen played Sunday night in Washington’s 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers, recording five shots, one hit and two blocked shots. He logging 22:03 of ice time, just below his season average of 22:25.
He is in his first year with the Capitals after signing a seven-year, $40.25 million free agent contract in July. Niskanen set career highs last season with 10 goals and 36 assists for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had two goals and nine points for the Penguins in last year’s playoffs.
He was the 28th overall pick by the Dallas Stars in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft after playing for Virginia (Minn.) High School, scoring 27 goals and 65 points in 29 games as a senior.
He played two seasons at the collegiate-level with Minnesota-Duluth before signing with Dallas in 2007.
In his eighth season, the 28-year-old Niskanen has 37 goals and 179 points in 529 NHL games.