Originally written February 24, 2013 on Rock the Red:
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Enjoyyy, everyone. (Clydeorama) The Washington Capitals hammered the New Jersey Devils in the third period on Saturday, riding four final frame goals past their visitors to chalk up a 5-1 win.  Powered by an Alex Ovechkin hat trick, Washington also got a shorthanded goal from Eric Fehr and a power play marker from Troy Brouwer in the five-goal onslaught, only their third game with that many goals on the season.  Braden Holtby, making his fifth consecutive start, was solid in victory, and the loss picked the Capitals put of the Eastern Conference basement on points percentage.  Still, however, Washington faces a long uphill climb to make the playoffs.  Some more observations: Vintage Ovechkin.  There is no other way to describe a dominant performance from a player who has taken his deserved share of criticism, but silenced his critics temporarily with a game that had been coming.  All three of his goals sent memories of 2009 dancing through our heads – a wide open one-timer, ...
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