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Capitals’ Ovechkin: ‘Good feelings right now’

Mar 23, 2013, 12:39 AM EST

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The Washington Capitals have been playing catch-up all season long, and now, suddenly, the NHL playoffs are a real possibility.

The Capitals had their way on the road with the Winnipeg Jets in back-to-back games, outscoring their Southeast Division opponents 10-1 in that span and coming away with four of a possible four points.

The Capitals left Winnipeg after a convincing 6-1 victory Friday. The Jets’ fans weren’t happy, either, booing the home team.

“We have to be excited about our two wins,” Capitals forward Troy Brouwer told NHL.com.

“They’re very timely, very important, but at the same time we can’t think it’s going to be easy from now on. We go on to New York, play another tough team that is on the bubble right now trying to make the playoffs as well, so it’s going to be a hard game. We just have to play like we did [Friday], not be too overconfident and just play good, solid hockey.”

The Capitals are now 10th in the Eastern Conference, but three points back of the Carolina Hurricanes for that eighth and final playoff spot. As prefaced earlier in the day, the Capitals are now right back in the thick of the playoff race.

Four wins in the last six games can do that.

Alex Ovechkin, who has endured his struggles throughout this season, scored twice Friday and is now up to 15 goals on the season.

He has goals in each of his last four games, and seven points – five of those coming in two games versus the Jets – over that span.

“After that kind of games two games in a row, four points give us confidence we score lots of goals on the road,” Ovechkin told the Washington Post.

“It’s good feelings right now.”

  1. ravenscaps48 - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Should’ve stolen two im Pittsburgh but let down in the 3rd. Two fantastic games at MTS. And a big game against the Rangers upcoming. We’ve played well in our last three. Is it coincidence that it’s been that way since Brooks came back?… Maybe. But just keep the good games coming, gentlemen! We have a division to win!

    • rg3isvictory - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      The Caps play well against their division but once we start playing other playoff contenders, things aren’t so smooth. The next two games will be telling. I’ve enjoyed the last two very much and hope it continues but if we can’t beat teams outside of our div., who cares about the playoffs?

  2. blomfeld - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    10 MILLION PER YEAR = the NHL playoffs are a real possibility ?

    So what if Mister “Me Make Score Goals” actually scored a couple? The bottom line remains that we need to see this new-age Russian “hotdog” actually achieve something … like maybe actually make it to the high ground this coming June, where we Kings will be “ready & waiting” for whatever junk emerges from the “values-starved” east!

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!

    • ravenscaps48 - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      GO AWAY

    • einjzmolf - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      Maybe today, maybe tomorrow, but Kari Lehtonen has something to say about yesterday.

    • stakex - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      The Kings? No ones making it out of the West this year but Chicago or Anaheim…

    • wethog66 - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      I would think most NHL players and fans would consider getting 3 Richard’s, 2 Hart’s and a Ross in one career achieving something.

  3. caps4cup - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Let’s go caps.

  4. stakex - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    No doubt that the Caps looked good these two games. However, and I think I’ve said this at least a couple times this year, the question continues to be can the Caps keep it up? It seems like every time they seem poised to return to form… a stretch of ill timed loses and terrible play hits. Are the Caps for real this time, or did a lackluster performance by the Jets make them look good? I guess only time will tell.

    Same thing can be said about Ovechkin. Hes really looked good lately, almost like his old self… and if he keeps scoring like this he might even crawl back into the scoring race. Yet it has to be asked if he can continue to play like this. Has he finaly found some comfort on the right side, does he feel more at home playing with Backstrom again, is his confidence coming back? More questions that only time can answer.

    • mp1113 - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      He has returned to the power play beast that he used to be. With backstrom and riberio the caps power play is something that can be feared. Keep it up boys, 2 more huge games against the NY teams. Lets GO CAPS!

  5. capsfan19 - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Stakex i reeeaally agree. Its great seeing us play like hungry lions on a heard of baby gazelle, but consistency…. Will we have the consistency to continue this drive.
    I think we’ve finally found our line choices however with the first and second line.
    And last but not least i really applaud the jets fans. They stuck through it with their team for the entirety of both games. I love my caps, but if that was a caps game… Whew id be the only person in my section after the final whistle. I dont like the ex atlanta thrashers but have tons of respect for their fans.

  6. steelers88 - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Even if the Capitals win their division once they have to play teams like the Boston Bruins or Pittsburgh Penguins they will be done.

    • rico004 - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      thats what bruins fans said last year

    • wethog66 - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      lol, yeah. Both Bruins and Rags fans were running their mouth last year about how their teams were going to whoop the Caps ass in the playoffs. The Caps shut the Bruins up so bad it made their fans turn racist, and Rags fans left that series with a new found respect for a Caps team that took the Rags to the very end of game 7.

      Not making any predictions about the Caps in the playoffs this year because getting the playoffs is a stretch at this point, but it does appear the Caps are starting to get comfortable with Adam Oates style of play. And getting injured players back helps too. Could be a fun finish to the season for us Caps fans.

  7. wethog66 - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    The Islanders and Rags spoiled the Caps last good run a couple weeks ago. The Caps need to take it to the Rags to keep this 3 game stint of good play going before I get my hopes up.

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