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Capitals get season’s first win, Ovechkin finally scores

Jan 27, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

The Washington Capitals – and especially captain Alex Ovechkin – have been taking an early beating this season, but they got a few annoying streaks out of the way in a 3-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.

The Caps shed the label of the NHL’s final remaining win-less team today, improving their record to 1-3-1. Even better: Ovechkin fired home what ended up being the game-winning goal, his first tally of 2013:

Sure, it wasn’t always pretty for the 27-year-old star and his team. One might see some symbolism in Ovi failing to pot a second goal by narrowly missing an empty net, while the Caps beat a struggling Buffalo team that lacked top scorer Thomas Vanek.

Still, the Russian winger looked more like his old self as he fired five shots on goal overall and skated alongside running mate Nicklas Backstrom for much of the game.

This victory also represents a relief for Adam Oates, who gained his first win as an NHL head coach.

Do you think Washington can build on this momentum and eventually eke out a playoff spot?

  1. westof1club - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Season’s early, time will tell if any other Caps can maintain a scoring touch. Any complimentary scoring they get for Alex will doubtlessly force opposing coaches to think twice about loading up their top defensive lines against the Caps’. Otherwise, this team has little to look forward to this season.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      all i see is complimentary scoring for the caps…joel ward is leading the team for crying out loud. top $ players ovechkin, backstrom, green, ribiero account for 3 goals in 5 games. they can load up on whoever they want, caps havent proven to have a bonafide threat anywhere in their lineup yet

  2. capsfan19 - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    In terms of a playoff spot, i dunno but i sure am going to be optimistic! I dont care what anyone says.

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    In a shortened season like this year a team can’t afford a slow start out of the gates. You re left with little time to make up for lost ground

  4. smgraff4 - Jan 27, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    What the Caps have shown the last two games, is fight (and a system coming together), and the will to battle through adversity. The Caps could have called it quits a number of times in this game, or in others, but they didn’t do so. Not during the Devils game, and not tonight. Hope this continues forward.

  5. ludacrish05 - Jan 27, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    They are climbing the ladder to success

  6. ravenscaps48 - Jan 27, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    If we had played this way the other three games, we’d have won at least two of them. They played really well today. Ribeiro keeps racking up points, Ward is playing well, John Erskine is a good partner for Carlson. I like it, boys

  7. 2jivecrew - Jan 27, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    He looked like garbage aside from the PP goal. A total defensive liability.

    • stakex - Jan 27, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      He had nothing at all to do with the two goals against, and he didn’t do anything terrible with the puck… so I don’t know where you got that from (probably from not watching the game).

      Adam Oates must have not agreed with you, because he had Ovi on the ice with the game on the line in the last minute. You don’t do that with a defensive liability.

  8. capsfan19 - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Thats putting trust in the captain baby! And garbage goals is how most hockey games are won.
    The defense is tightening up alot with erskine and ugh i hate to say it….. Schultz.
    Interesting mojo was a healthy scratch. Def for the best.
    This was a hard fought game. Buffalo fans show up in droves whenever they play here (which i find bizzare). But hey least they have a long ride home to let that loss set in. The last team in the whooole league without a win just beat you. YOU BUFFALO! YOUUUUU! (Let me enjoy this success!)
    And ravenscaps what was that about trading ovi?? Thats why he’s there to score goals like that.

    • ravenscaps48 - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      So, he is there to score power play goals?… We pay him $9,000,000 to score Power Play goals?… hmmmm…. Look, I am happy with his game today. Homeboy still makes sketchy decisions. And he hit a post on an empty net. He needs to play like he did today all year. If his shot isn’t working, then pick up the physical game. This standing around stuff that he has a tendency to do, needs to stop. Keep skating, hit stuff, and pepper the net with some shots.

      • rsl22 - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:32 AM

        Al Iafrate is okay with OV hitting the pipe on that empty netter.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        seems like he is back on the left side, at least on the pp. i guess if he sulks around while making 9 mill a year he will eventually get his way. he looked like he actually cared this game

    • jpelle82 - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      you’re a fool if you think that the “droves” of buffalo fans are all driving back to buffalo. dc is a mixing pot due to govt employment opportunities. they didnt all drive from buffalo on a sunday to see a reg season game against the caps of all teams, they live here.

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