Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/3/11
Coach Bruce Boudreau showed in the Washington Capitals' last game that he's willing to try something different - even leaving his two-time league MVP on the bench late in a close contest. After a spectacular end to a brief skid, the Capitals will try to keep heading in the right direction by continuing their recent dominance over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night. With his team trailing Anaheim by one Tuesday, Boudreau called a timeout to talk over his plans for the final minute of regulation. Those plans didn't include Alex Ovechkin, as Washington send out its third line of Brooks Laich, Jason Chimera and Joel Ward - which had seven points on the night - supplemented by Nicklas Backstrom. Ovechkin appeared to direct an expletive toward his coach following the decision, but Boudreau's hunch to sit his ineffective captain paid off. Backstrom scored the tying goal with 42 seconds left in regulation, and Ovechkin assisted on another Backstrom goal in overtime of a 5-4 victory ...
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