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Alex Ovechkin continued his recent resurgence with his ninth goal in seven games, and the Washington Capitals pulled back into the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.
Jason Chimera and Mathieu Perrault also scored, and Braden Holtby made 28 saves in his fourth start of the season as the Capitals broke a two-game skid to move back into a tie on points with the Buffalo Sabres, with Washington holding the tiebreaker.
The Capitals and Sabres, both with just six games remaining in the regular season, meet in Washington on Tuesday night.
Looking again like the player who twice won league MVP, Ovechkin was influential throughout the game, highlighted from his blast from the left circle in the third period for Washington's third goal. He led the Capitals in ice time and had a superb shift during a second-period power play, hustling back to his own end to break up a short-handed odd-man rush and then supplying the secondary assis...
BEST OF MAXIM
For the last four year Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals have been in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In fact, they’ve placed first the last two years, preceding with a second-place finish in 2009 and a third-place stop in 2008.
Alexander Ovechkin has registered seven goals and one assist in the last five games, but it may be too little, too late for the Washington...
Lindsey Czarniak of ESPN with a feature on Alex Ovechkin.
Red-hot Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist and the host Washington Capitals climbed into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.Braden Holtby turned aside 28 shots for his first shutout of the season and third of his career as the Capitals won for only the second time in six games (2-2-2).Jason Chimera and Mathieu Perreault...
Tonight’s Buffalo game is near-playoff action in March. Dale Hunter even said it’s “like the seventh game of the playoffs.” [Caps Insider, RMNB]
Alex Ovechkin has scored nine goals in the past seven. [Caps Insider]
Nick Backstrom is practicing, but not yet ready to play. [Caps Insider]
This Crosby-Ovechkin job may be the worst jersey foul ever. [RMNB]
Braden Holtby’s car...
I've blogged about ESPN's lack of NHL coverage in the past and also the issues of programming Sunday Night SportsCenter, typically the most jam packed SportsCenter that airs all week.
With all of this in mind, I found myself totally taken aback when Sunday night's SportsCenter jumped into nearly nine full minutes of NHL coverage. Leading off was a reshowing of a "...
They filled two very different roles Sunday night, but Alex Ovechkin’s and Braden Holtby’s roller coaster seasons both hit high points against the Minnesota Wild.
Ovechkin had the crowd chanting his name at least twice, once stopping a Wild breakaway on a Caps’ power play (Dennis Wideman lost the puck, the Wild took off, and Ovi came flying diagonally across the ice from the...
By JEFF BARTL,
The Minnesota Wild's most recent defeat hurt the Washington Capitals' chances of earning one of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spots.
They can do further damage with a victory Sunday.
Slumping Washington looks to avoid another letdown when it hosts the Wild, who have lost four of their five all-time visits to the nation's capital...
Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin was named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday.
Malkin collected five goals and four assists over a four-game stretch. With 97 points, Malkin sits 10 ahead of Tampa Bay Lightning stud Steven Stamkos and 11 ahead of Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was named the league's Second...
from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, The defeat wasn’t only shocking because it marked the first time this season that Washington had coughed up a three-goal lead and its first loss in 23 games in which it had entered the third period with a lead. It was stunning for its timing: With only seven games remaining in the regular season, the Capitals, who are clinging to the last...
Thirteen days remain in the regular season and there are some key games that could decide playoff spots and seeds. Here are the five contests that will impact these races…1. Buffalo at Washington, March 27The eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference will likely come down to two teams: Buffalo and Washington. They will play each other this Tuesday night in D.C....
Here we are again.
The Washington Capitals returned to their winning ways on Sunday evening, knocking off the Minnesota Wild inside Verizon Center by a final score of 3-0. Jason Chimera, Mathieu Perreault, and Alex Ovechkin all scored for the Capitals, who are now back in eighth place in the Eastern Conference after falling out of the playoff picture Saturday while sitting idle...
Impressive as the Buffalo Sabres' two-month charge out of the cellar and into the playoff hunt has been, defenseman Robyn Regehr knows their job is far from complete.
The Sabres remain on the outside looking in and now have a recharged Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals standing in their way in a critical late-season showdown at Washington on Tuesday.
''Well, we haven&...
NEW YORK (March 26, 2012) – Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 25.
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