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Alex Ovechkin Reaches The 400 Goal Plateau

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

It wasn’t a jaw-dropping tally or a clutch come-from-behind goal, but by scoring here Friday night, Ovechkin became sixth fastest to do reach the 400-goal mark. Eighty-eight players had reached the mark before him.

“Empty netter or whatever I take it. I kind of play little bit longer shift at the end and of course you think about it. You talk to the guys, your friends, teammates,” Ovechkin said.

Ovechkin accomplished the feat in 634 games, passing Pavel Bure (635) to be the sixth-fastest to the achievement. Only Wayne Gretzky (436), Mike Bossy (506), Mario Lemieux (508), Brett Hull (520) and Jari Kurri (608) did so in fewer games.

“It’s big number and being in this kind of company it’s a tremendous honor for me. I never felt like I’m going to be in this position when I start playing in NHL, of course I wanted to be but thanks to everybody my coaches, my partners. Without them I can’t reach these numbers.”

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No Additional Discipline For Tom Wilson

Brendan Shanahan explains the reason why...

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Tom Wilson Has A Hearing Tomorrow With DOPS

Here is the hit if you missed it and Schenn says he does not have a concussion but may not play tomorrow.

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Morning Line

On the Tom Wilson hit on Brayden Schenn last night...

 

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Video- Tom Wilson Hit On Brayden Schenn

via Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,

Brayden Schenn’s night ended more than a period early after a hit threw him head first into the boards.

Washington’s Tom Wilson hit Schenn, who had the puck and turned to the boards, with 4:44 remaining in the second period. Schenn went flying and the crown of his helmet was the first thing to make contact with the boards behind the Flyers’ goalline.

Wilson was given a 5-minute major for boarding, another five minutes for fighting Nick Grossmann and a game misconduct.

Schenn tried to get off the ice under his own power, but fell three different times before trainer Jim McCrossin could get to him and help him off the ice.

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The Jets In The West

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

When the Winnipeg Jets moved from the Eastern Conference to the West, they were big winners in the schedule game. Their total travel miles were still above the league average, but the number of back-to-back games was reduced to 10 - tied for the fewest in the NHL. Now they'd probably sign up for six games in four nights as long as they could go back where they came from.

The East is getting pounded in cross-conference matchups like Apollo Creed in Rocky IV. At least those teams play the majority of their games against each other. The Jets aren't so lucky.

They've gone from the Southeast, the only division under the previous setup to never send three teams to the playoffs in a single season, to a schedule that's 50 per cent Anaheim, Chicago, Colorado, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Phoenix, St. Louis, San Jose and Vancouver.

That's a huge switch and I'm not sure there's an Eastern team outside of Boston Bruins or Pittsburgh Penguins that could handle it. Before the season, I might've added the New York Rangers, but the view is askew in Manhattan.

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Video- Head Shot Or Not From Gudbranson?

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

Fehr immediately went to the Capitals’ dressing room with 16:16 gone in the second period, but after passing the SCAT2 evaluation test that is required by the NHL’s concussion protocol, the winger returned to the game in the third period.

“I don’t know what his intent was exactly, I haven’t seen the replay so I’m not going to comment on that. It didn’t feel good,” Fehr said. “That was a close call, definitely. It definitely stung me. I think I dodged a bullet there.”

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

General manager Dale Tallon and coach Peter Horachek said they didn't think Gudbranson lead with his elbow. Tallon says he will speak with the NHL's Brendan Shanahan about getting the match penalty rescinded.

Since Gudbranson was slapped with a match penalty on April 11 for a hit on Bryan Little, he could be suspended for Friday's hit. If Shanahan pulls back the match designation, Gudbranson may be able to play.

"There's no elbow, it's to his side and [Fehr] got hit in the chest first,'' Horachek said. "We'll leave it to [the NHL] to look at it. .-.-. Right now all our guys are playing well. You don't want to change anything, don't want to lose anyone especially under those circumstances.''

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Video- Ovechkin With Four Goals Last Night

Ovechkin now has 26 goals in 31 games.

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Video- Put On Your Orange Arm Bands, What Would You Have Called?

No call, two minutes or a penalty shot?

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Video- Michal Neuvirth Injured After Stepping On A Puck

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

Michal Neuvirth was slated to start Friday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Center, but as the netminder took to the ice for pre-game warmups he stepped on a puck and slipped.

Neuvirth suffered an apparent injury to his right leg during the session, was unable to put any weight on that leg as he hobbled on to the bench and needed help from the athletic training staff to make it down the tunnel. Coach Adam Oates couldn’t offer any type of timeline for Neuvirth’s recovery, but as of Friday night he didn’t believe the injury is serious. It sounds like the team is waiting to see how the goaltender feels over the next day or so.

“My understanding is he stood on a puck as he first came out,” Oates said. “Lights come on he went out, stepped on a puck.”

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Below, in the game recap video via Sportsnet, you can see Neuvirth coming on to the ice and then slipping.

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