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Losing Streak Now At Five For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

For three minutes and 28 seconds Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were truly awful. A failed clear by Duncan Keith led to a Nicklas Backstrom goal. Anton Forsberg let in a brutally soft goal by Tom Wilson from the boards. Then nobody picked up the greatest goal-scorer of his generation trailing a Wilson breakaway, and Alex Ovechkin cashed in the rebound.

Three-zip, just like that.

But here’s the thing about the Hawks’ 6-2 loss to the Capitals — their fifth straight loss and their seventh straight loss in Washington. For much of the other 56 minutes or so, the Hawks didn’t look bad. They had six of the first seven shots of the game. They had 15 of the first 16 shots in the second period. When J. F. Berube came in to relieve Forsberg after the three-goal flurry, he didn’t face a second shot until more than 18 minutes had passed. That’s utter dominance.

“Don’t be fooled,” Joel Quenneville growled afterward. “[Our] shots hit them right in the chest, with no chance of getting a second opportunity. It’s almost like we gave the puck back to them, just putting it at the net with no purpose.”


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Video- Joe Thornton Hit On T.J. Oshie

No penalty on the play.

Oshie in a defenseless position.  I don't like these kind of hits.

Oshie went to the room on his own after being down on the ice for about a minute.



added 8:54pm, extended video is below...

added 9:21pm, below, Wilson and Thornton fight...

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Morning Line- Damien Cox On Alex Ovechkin

It’s complicated with Ovechkin. Always has been. Right now, he’s navigating a course between being a successful professional athlete making millions of dollars living in the U.S., a loyal Russian national boosting the political aspirations of an authoritarian Russian leader with international interests diametrically opposed to the U.S., and burnishing his image as an upstanding, charitable member of the NHL community.

Each story line highlights a different side of Ovechkin. But you cannot pretend the others don’t exist.

-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star where you can read more on Ovechkin.

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The Putin Team

from Rick Maese, Isabelle Khurshudyan and Andrew Roth of the Washington Post,

Ovechkin now finds himself awkwardly in the middle of a geopolitical maelstrom — perhaps by his own doing — tugged in multiple directions, just as he has been for much of his extraordinary career.

He has given an unwavering endorsement to a man who U.S. intelligence agencies say sanctioned Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election and whose athletes have drawn the ire of the international Olympic community for a state-sponsored doping scheme. At the same time, Ovechkin insists his advocacy is free of politics.

“I’m not a politic,” Ovechkin said in a recent interview. “I don’t know what’s happening out there. I know it’s a hard situation, but it is what it is. You know, I play here, and this is my second home. I don’t want to fight between two countries, because it’s going to be a mess.”

Ovechkin says the PutinTeam movement was his idea, though there are signs that a Kremlin-backed public-relations firm might have played a role. 

much more, in-depth...

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, vladimir+putin

Morning Line- Alex Luey, Teenaged Cancer Survivor On Alex Ovechkin

"I could not have asked for anything more," Luey said in the Capitals dressing room, Ovechkin's left arm draped around him. "I will never forget this night. Never."

-Alex Luey, 13-year-old cancer survivor.

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

This was for Alex.

The other Alex.

When Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin beat Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Curtis McElhinney at 12:43 of the first period on Saturday, he immediately gestured toward the Air Canada Centre stands in the area where he thought Alex Luey, 13, was sitting.

It was Ovechkin's way of saying: "I did it for you, Alex."

Just like he'd promised.

About an hour earlier, Luey, a cancer survivor, was sitting on the Capitals bench for the warmup when Ovechkin skated over to him.

"I'm going to score a goal for you tonight," Ovechkin told the boy.


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Videos- The Washington Capitals After A 6-2 Loss To The Colorado Avalanche

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

The doors to the locker room remained shut for slightly longer than normal as the Capitals addressed some unfamiliar complications. They’d rarely lost two games in a row over the past two seasons, much less lose them in such a lopsided fashion. There was blame to go around after a miserable a 6-2 loss to the Avalanche at Pepsi Center, and the Capitals owned their recent string of poor play.

“We talked about lots of stuff,” captain Alex Ovechkin said. “It’s all about us. It’s not about them or somebody else. We have to look at ourselves and make changes.”...

“I’m absolutely disappointed, angry, a lot of different emotions,” Trotz said. “I expected a lot better.”

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Capitals’ Backup Goaltender Can’t Win Second Game Of Back-To-Backs

from  Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

Philipp Grubauer approached the semi-circle of reporters, taking his last sip of Gatorade before firmly setting it down in a locker stall. The frustration was evident and understandable. He decided not to bother beating around the bush.

“I’m sick of [expletive] losing,” he said.

Every time the Washington Capitals have played a second game in as many nights this season, Grubauer has been the starting goaltender. The result has been four losses, the latest of which was Tuesday night’s 3-1 decision against the Buffalo Sabres. In those four losses, Washington (8-7-1) has managed just five goals, never playing with a lead and not giving Grubauer much of a chance.

“I don’t know what to tell you,” Grubauer said. “. . . It’s all I can do, worry about the puck and stop the next puck and give the guys a chance to win and go from situation to situation.”

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Alex Ovechkin On Team Putin Social Movement

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

After the Capitals’ 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night, Ovechkin explained why he decided on this public show of support for Putin.

“I just support my country, you know?” Ovechkin said. “That’s where I’m from, my parents live there, all my friends. Like every human from different countries, they support their president.”

Asked if his support of Putin means translates into a support of Putin’s political ideals, Ovechkin said, “It’s not about political stuff.”

“I don’t try to be politics man or someone like that,” Ovechkin said. “I just support my president and just support my country because I’m from there, and you know, if people from U.S. came to Russia, they care about what happening in U.S. So, I care about what happening in Russia because that’s my home and that’s where I’m from.”


Then we have this from Jeff Blair of Sportsnet (yesterday),

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Soccer Mentality Coming To The NHL When It Comes To Diving?

from Tarik El-Bashir of NBCSports Washington,

Barry Trotz and says the Capitals are frustrated by the low number of power plays they've been awarded and the way some opponents have gone about drawing penalties this season.

“I despise diving, and our guys know it,” Trotz said. “We don’t try to go down easy. We’re not getting any penalties. …We’ve got to keep our legs moving, which will help. But we’re getting a little bit frustrated because some of the soccer mentality is back in our league a little bit—go down easy.”

A moment later, Trotz cracked: “All of the soccer fans will be happy about that one. …It’s a sell. Some guys sell it better. We’ve got to stay out of the box and draw some more penalties.” 


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Four Wins In A Row For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

...The Presidents’ Trophy winners went so quietly into the night that the only loud sound at Rogers Arena was the end boards rattling with their defencemen getting stapled and pucks being turned over....

It was a free-fly zone for the Vancouver Canucks. Fourteen first-period shots included Thomas Vanek doing Thomas Vanek things — knocking a loose puck out of mid-air in the crease — and nobody touching Bo Horvat on a charge to the net to deposit a cheeky Sven Baertschi back pass.

And when Derek Dorsett destroyed Dmitry Orlov on the end boards to strip him of the puck to set up Markus Granlund in the slot for a three-goal cushion, it became more like a laughable SuperSkills competition. The 29th-ranked power play even struck three times.

Here’s what we learned as the Canucks cruised to a 6-2 victory:

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