Posted April 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
Alex Ovechkin says he understands why Capitals coach Dale Hunter benched him for all but 15 seconds in the final 14 minutes of Washington's 2-1 victory over Boston in Game 4 of their playoff series. The two-time NHL MVP says Friday: ''Of course I want to be there, but it's his decision.'' Ovechkin says ''it doesn't matter'' how many minutes he plays, as long as Washington wins. He played 1 minute, 58 seconds in the third period. Hunter says he sat his team's leading scorer on Thursday night because the game plan called for it. Coach and player say Ovechkin is healthy. Hunter says he wanted ''shot-blockers out there'' with his team protecting a one-goal lead. The series is tied 2-2 heading into Game 5 at Boston on Saturday.

Alex Ovechkin falls over boards into Caps bench

During Thursday night's NHL playoff game in Washington between the Capitals and Boston Bruins, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin fell into the team bench while trying to climb over the boards as he came off the ice during a line change. Ovechkin should have used the door instead. In the end, the Capitals defeated the Bruins 2-1 to tie the playoff series at two games apiece....

Ovechkin Doesn’t See Much Ice Time In The 3rd Period

from Corey Misisak of, One guy who was surprisingly missing for much of the third period as the Capitals tried to hold off the Bruins was captain Alex Ovechkin, who played only 1:58 in the period. Ovechkin took four shifts in the period, but played only 54 seconds in final 17:20 and only 15 seconds in the final 14:00. Ovechkin played 15:03 in the first two periods—more...

Alex Ovechkin falls over boards during line change (Video)

The Capitals may have beaten the Bruins 2-1 to tie their first-round playoff series at two, but Alex Ovechkin was the big loser for this embarrassing moment. Ovechkin was trying to hop over the boards during a line change, but it looks like he lost his concentration, along with his balance, and tumbled over. The hits keep coming for Ovi, who has only scored one goal in the series.

Alexander Ovechkin falls over boards into bench area (Video)

Poor Alexander Ovechkin, all he was trying to do was enter the bench during a line shift in game four of the Bruins/Capitals playoff series. Oveckin chose to go over the boards instead of using the door that opens into the bench area. Bad call, Ovie:

Photochop Winners: Nicklas Backstrom Happy Playing With Legos, Joining the Circus (Photos)

Nicklas Backstrom will have reason to be happy this weekend, when his suspension is lifted and he returns to the Washington Capitals lineup against the Bruins. Earlier this week, we asked fans to send in their altered versions of a photo where Backstrom looked pretty pleased with himself. After sorting through the entries, we found some of the best ones. Check them out below. NESN...

Holtby, Caps pusb Bruins to brink

Less than a minute after Mike Knuble gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead early in the third period, the Bruins had a golden opportunity to tie the game right back up. Milan Lucic collected a bouncing puck off the end boards and quickly sent a cross-crease pass to Tyler Seguin. The second-year forward appeared to have an open net, but rookie netminder Braden Holtby slid across just in time...

Ovechkin elbows Patrice Bergeron

The Washington Capitals star forward Alexander Ovechkin's is known for his questionable hit and in today's game he was able to connect with a sneaky dirty elbow on Patrice Bergeron. THis  caused him to miss most of the third period. One has to wonder if Bergeron is suffering from another concussion. Don't expect the league to look at the Ovechkin elbow on Bergeron...

Why Braden Holtby Is Successful

There was one lesson I learned very early on covering the Capitals: look forward to the development and preseason camps, because you have a chance to interview Braden Holtby. I had a lot of hockey learning to do at the first development camp I covered in ’09—so much, in fact, that I didn’t even realize I’d asked the director of media relations at the time, Nate Ewell, where...

Marcus Johansson Takes Advantage of Bruins Sloppy Defense to Score Goal (Video)

The Washington Capitals really took it to the Bruins offensively on Thursday night. But the Bruins didn't respond well, playing some sloppy defense at times. Capitals forward Marcus Johansson took advantage of the poor defensive effort, and more than made up for the absence of Nicklas Bakcstrom with a sweet goal late in the first period. Johansson's goal combined with some...

Capitals 2, Bruins 1

Playoff rookie Braden Holtby followed up a shaky outing with a superb one by making 44 saves Thursday night, and Alexander Semin scored the go-ahead goal, leading the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 victory over the reigning Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins that tied the first-round series at two games apiece. Marcus Johansson put the puck past Tim Thomas less than 1 1/2 minutes...

Capitals 4, Bruins 3

Troy Brouwer scored on a power play with 1:27 left, giving the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory Saturday and moving the defending champion Boston Bruins a loss away from elimination. Brouwer gave the Capitals a 3-2 series lead with his second goal of the playoffs, beating goalie Tim Thomas over the glove with a wrist shot from the right circle. It came with 37 seconds left on...

Braden Holtby calms Capitals with 44-save effort for 2-2 series tie vs. Bruins

 WASHINGTON, DC — In their Game 3 loss to the Boston Bruins, the Washington Capitals came unhinged defensively and behaviorally, engaging the Bruins in physical battles and losing focus. Their top center, Nicklas Backstrom, was suspended for one game after a match penalty at the final buzzer. Their rookie netminder, Braden Holtby, looked shaky for the first time in the postseason...

Capitals-Bruins Game 5 Scoring Chances

The Washington Capitals are one win away from pulling off an upset that not many predicted after defeating the Bruins 4-3 in game 5 earlier today. Just about all of their success in this series has been attributed to goaltender Braden Holtby, who has been absolutely phenomenal with a .946 save percentage. However, one thing that has been slightly overlooked is the defensive play...

Playoff Pregame #5: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins

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