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Ovechkin scores but Capitals still lose to Maple Leafs

Jan 31, 2013, 11:22 PM EDT

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Alex Ovechkin finally hit the two-goal plateau – seven games into the season – but the Washington Capitals still couldn’t outscore the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Capitals now have one win in their seven games, after a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Nikolai Kulemin and Matt Frattin scored two minutes and 13 seconds apart in the third period to give Toronto its first win of the season at the Air Canada Centre.

Ovechkin’s struggles have garnered plenty of attention in hockey circles.

However, another right-handed shooting winger is going through an even worse scoring drought.

Phil Kessel, 25, has yet to score since the end of the lockout, but was a factor tonight against the lowly Capitals, wrote Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post.

Interestingly, Kessel and Ovechkin were both key figures in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game draft. Infamously, Kessel was the last overall pick, and who could forget the tape of Ovechkin smiling and taking a photo of Kessel with his camera phone?

The pundits on Twitter have taken notice of Kessel’s slump. And Ovechkin’s for that matter.


  1. sportsfreak13 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Anybody see ovechkin with the puck with 37 seconds left? He looked like Kobe out there, just refusing to pass.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        Well, that failed. These used to embed just by pasting the link.

    • stakex - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      Well, he didn’t really have anyone open to pass to. He could have dumped the puck at the point on his first loop, but he was obviously trying to make something happen.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Kessel got absolutely robbed by Neuvirth late in the third.

    • withseidelinn - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      I wouldn’t even say he got robbed, when you saw the replay he literally shot it directly into his glove. Feel bad for the guy though, he couldn’t buy a goal right now.

  3. stakex - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    There is no nice way to say it… the Caps are simply awful this year. I know Ovechkin catches all the flack from them losing, but hes probably the least of their problems right now.

    • 19to77 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      Yeah, I’m not buying it. He’s paid $9.3m or so a season to do absolutely nothing but score a mountain of goals, which he presently seems barely capable of doing. And please, don’t pass blame off on the rest of the team – he was capable of doing so in his first couple years with a dramatically worse supporting caste around him.

      Face it, he looks like a nine million dollar liability right now.

      • rg3isvictory - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        The last 3 years Semin got the blame for losses and now that he is gone and the team looks worse than its all about OVi. If ownership spent some money on a better supporting cast and OVi still struggled I might buy it. Truth is its a two man show out there with OVI and Backstrom. Not very hard to defend a team that only has two solid scorers!

  4. sportsfreak13 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    “Ovechkin’s struggles have garnered plenty of attention in “hockey circles”.”

    I see what you did there. Cause he just skates circles.

  5. dcfan4life - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Another loss for a team that clearly has issues. You can say how Oates system is good and it will work. And ya know what, i believe that the offense will come. But his system cant fix stupid penalties which the Caps have taken all season, and poor defense. Not to mention how out of shape the team is. Its clear most of them have lost their legs in the third period. Ya no amount of offensive coaching can fix that. If i had to guess, right now, based on what ive seen, no playoffs for this team…

  6. bmorethansteel - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Caps blow late leads and that’s Ovie’s fault? makes sense.

  7. capsfan19 - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Felt like toronto had about 46 min of power play… Wtf is wrong is with this team?
    We look more organized every game now. You can slam them but the time on attack has gotten much better, goaltending has tightened, and d has gotten a lil better.
    It isnt just ovi, its the whole team.
    I think we can still make the playoffs but my confidence is waning extremely fast.
    Ovi just barely missed that open far side shot at the end… Ugh just awful

    • tatdue - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      Just barely missing would equate to hitting the post not completely missing the net….I thought Ovi had a pretty good game but halfway through the second and the entire third period was all Leafs….the score doesn’t really tell the story of the game, the Caps were out played more and more as the game went on….and wow did they ever commit a lot of stupid penalties….Oats has got his hands full!

  8. rg3isvictory - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Zero Preseason, New coach, new system, less talent. OVI isn’t the problem. The problem is with ownership and the GM. It’s time to pay some guys to come in and take pressure off OVI. Or trade him to a team that will give him help. If people thought the Caps were going to be better without Semin then they were confused.

    • londonfletcher59 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Semin was probably my favorite Cap for the last couple years. He could have light up a smoke on the bench between changes for all I cared. I always said “If that was him not giving a sh*t, I’d love to see him care”. I hated to see him go. He may have had “attitude issues” but he was still one of the best on the team. Him leaving should have been first on the “things to fix” list.

  9. 2jivecrew - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Ovech-trick! Ovech-trick! Ovech-trick!

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