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Alex Ovechkin Should Not Be Suspended For Missing The All-Star Weekend

from Christine Brennan of USA TODAY,

Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin is being suspended by the NHL for one game for what amounts to being really smart.

At the wise old hockey age of 33, Ovechkin is skipping a meaningless exhibition – the league’s All-Star Game – to save himself for the rest of the season and presumably the playoffs, where the Capitals will be trying to win a second consecutive Stanley Cup.

Ovechkin should be hailed for this decision, not punished for it. He’s missing the pomp and circumstance of the All-Star Game to help ensure his availability for the most important portion of the NHL season, the playoffs. If college football stars not playing in bowl games, which still count towards a team’s record, has become acceptable, then a player like Ovechkin reasonably missing an exhibition game so he can be available to his team for the rest of the season should be too.

Unfortunately, that’s not how it works in the NHL.


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So It Begins, Alex Ovechkin Will Not Participate In The All-Star Weekend


added 11:14am, Chris Johnston tweet,

As per NHL policy, this will require Ovechkin to sit out either the #caps game heading into the all-star break or the one coming out of it.

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Evening Line- Wayne Gretzky

“Alex definitely is the guy who has a chance. It’s great for the game and it’s a great watch. If he’s close I’ll be the first guy to go there (to see it).

“To break that record you have to be on a good team with good players … so that fits with the ultimate opportunity. He’s got a couple of centremen there (Nick Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov) who find him on the power play where he sets up. He can play the whole two minutes and find open ice like Bossy did and like Brett (Hall) did. He can handle the whole power play because he’s on the point and he’s rarely carrying the puck in or hunting the puck in the corners behind the net.”

-Wayne Gretzky on Alex Ovechkin attempting to breaking his goal scoring record.  Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal has more.

Gretzky finished his career with 894 goals, Ovechkin has 636.

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Video- Braden Holtby Caught In No-Man’s Land

I believe he lost his crease.


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Video- Tom Wilson Catches Jamie Oleksiak With A Right

Oleksiak was wobbly while skating off.



added 8:31pm, longer version is below.

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Video- The Scoring Machine AKA Alex Ovechkin

3 goals last game, 3 goals tonight. 

28 on the season.


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Alex Ovechkin’s Year

from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

He won the Stanley Cup. He increased his legend by the way he celebrated. He came back from the shortest summer of his hockey life, newly minted as a first-time father, and rolled into a season in which a letdown was not only understandable but all but assumed. And through 30 games, he has 25 goals, four more than any other player in the league.

How many Alex Ovechkin appreciation pieces is one too many Alex Ovechkin appreciation pieces?

Hold your answer because we have no idea how much longer he’s going to play. So for now, hit those same notes.

“O’s a freak,” right wing T.J. Oshie said.

“This is a player that’s reinventing himself,” first-year Coach Todd Reirden said.


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Videos- Tom Wilson On The Receiving End Of Big Hits

Ryan Reaves hit on Tom Wilson resulted in a major for interference and a game misconduct.

via David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Reaves delivered a crushing shoulder-to-shoulder hit to Wilson well after the Capitals’ rugged winger released the puck.

“He was just looking at his pass,” Reaves said, “and ran into a lion in the jungle.”





More hits from Reaves on Wilson below plus the game highlights of the 5-3 win by the Golden Knights.

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The Anaheim Ducks Roared Back From A Four Goal Deficit To Defeat The Washington Capitals

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

To find the source of the biggest regulation comeback in the Ducks’ 25-year history in the NHL, you had to rewind to that point in the second period when diminutive left wing Andrew Cogliano barged into Braden Holtby’s crease and muscled a loose puck into the net.

The Ducks trailed the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals by four goals before Cogliano darted toward the net, followed up his own rebound and, with Tom Wilson cross-checking him from behind, scored what seemed at the time to be nothing more than a consolation prize.

In the final analysis, though, it was the play that sent the Ducks rocketing toward an improbable comeback and a 6-5 victory Sunday over the Capitals in the final game of their five-game cross-country trip. It was the Ducks’ fourth consecutive win and gave them a 4-1 mark on their trek.

It also ended the Capitals’ seven-game winning streak.


Game highlights below.

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GIF- Tom Wilson Match Penalty

You decide but why even make contact on that type of play?


Another angle.



One more below.

added 8:50pm, video below too.

added 10:59pm, Todd Reirden post-game on the hit is way below.

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