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from the AP via NHL.com,
Alex Ovechkin scored his fourth goal of the night with 1:26 left in overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
Ovechkin finished with four goals and one assist for five points, but the last one was the biggest. He took a crossing pass from Jeff Schultz and beat Montreal goalie Cristobal Huet from in front for the overtime goal.
The All-Star scored Washington’s first, third, fourth and fifth goals. He also assisted on Viktor Kozlov’s goal. Kozlov finished with a goal and two assists.
AO now has 43 goals this season.
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added 9:24am on 2/1/08, via Capitals Insider,
“Today was special day,” Ovechkin said after the team doctor went to work on his nose, which he broke for the fifth time. “I broke my nose, I have stitches, I score four goals. Everything go to my face.”
from the CP,
When the Washington Capitals come to town, a crowd forms quickly around 22-year-old scoring star Alexander Ovechkin.
Not far away, left in relative peace, sits Nicklas Backstrom, the 20-year-old rookie who picks up many of the assists on Ovechkin’s often spectacular goals.
As a duo, they promise to bring misery to NHL goaltenders for many years to come. But for now, Ovechkin is happy to absorb the pressure of expectation and endless media interviews.
“Backie’s a great guy,” Ovechkin said Tuesday as the Capitals prepared to the play the first of back-to-back games against the Montreal Canadiens. “He’s a little shy with you guys, but not us.”
from the AP via Yahoo,
“The playoff race is now on,” declared Washington Capitals owner and nonstop blogger Ted Leonsis in the 10:03 a.m. Friday entry of his Ted’s Take blog.
Wait a minute. Playoff race? Capitals?
Well, take a long, hard look at those standings as the NHL heads into the All-Star break. Washington (23-22-5) is one point behind first-place Carolina in the Southeast Division. Granted, it’s a weak division, but even this is more than anyone could have expected considering where the Capitals were two months ago.
Kris Beech has been claimed off waivers by the Washington Capitals, reports CKNW radio in Vancouver.
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
Ovechkin and Crosby will always be Bird and Magic, tied together by their passion and simultaneous entrance into the NHL. Even though Crosby sat next to the tan Mario Lemieux in the owners’ box Monday night, the game still had that Crosby-“Big O” edge. Capitals fans boo Crosby and Penguins fans boo Ovechkin.
Yes, Monday’s game had it all. Ten goals, stars shining brightly, monstrous hits, blocked shots, a shootout and little balls of hate. The only thing better would have been if Georges Laraque and Donald Brashear got into a fight, knocked each other’s heads off, and then, after sliding across the ice, the two heads started fighting.
from The Good, The Bad, And The Duthie,
From the opening face-off, it looked like a couple of guys trying to show-off to win the same girl (Natalia maybe?) They were ridiculously dangerous on almost every shift. They went after each other, with Ovechkin trying to flatten Malkin in the Danger Zone (ask Dean McAmmond where that is), and then almost scrapping moments later. It was Anything You Can Do…translated in Russian.
Watch the attempted hit by Ovechkin on Malkin…
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
In the end, the veteran center said, the combination of pain, diminished productivity and inability to sleep told him it was time to undergo season-ending surgery this week.
“I was playing with one hand,” Nylander said, making his first public comments about the injury during Saturday’s 5-3 victory over the Florida Panthers. “I had to change my game. I was playing at 70 percent, 80 percent most nights and it just got worse and worse. It was 50 percent, maybe, sometimes.”
The 35-year-old Swede, the Capitals’ top free agent signing during the offseason, said he’ll miss five or six months while rehabilitating, but added that he expects to make a full recovery.
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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
...Hell, Leonsis would have been better as far as his fellow owners were concerned to wait for a team to make an offer to Ovechkin, then match it.
He could then claim he was dragged kicking and screaming into doing such a thing, all the while proclaiming he is delighted to have Alex in the fold. To volunteer this kind of money seems bizarre. And with Ovechkin getting this much money and this much of the cap space, how the hell do you build a team around him?
And if you don’t build a team, how do you bring in fans and stop being a perpetual drain on the other the owners? In short, why are the rich teams putting up with this?
from USA TODAY,
A few years ago, when Ted Leonsis and his wife, Lynn, stumbled onto a designer show house that was on the market just outside Washington, D.C., they fell in love with it.
Well, sort of. Kind of. OK, not really.
But they bought it, gutted it, added on and rearranged. They bought the neighbor’s house, too, then tore it down.
When the sawdust had finally settled, there stood a 22,000-square-foot brick mansion on 5.5 acres, complete with pond, pool, tennis court, guesthouse and five-car garage.
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from Capitals Insider,
Veteran center Michael Nylander is scheduled to have surgery on his torn left rotator cuff and will miss three to six months, I’m told.
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