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Ovechkin, Caps stay hot; Rangers fall again

Mar 24, 2013, 10:41 PM EDT

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Sunday’s game between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers seemed to present two teams – and stars – going in two very different directions.

The Caps are now on a three-game winning streak thanks to tonight’s 3-2 shootout win and Alex Ovechkin‘s torrid run is almost as promising. Ovechkin now has a five-game point (and goal) streak, with six goals and three assists for nine points. He also has 11 points in his last seven contests.

In other words, the “good feelings” continue for the 27-year-old and his team.

The same cannot be said for Henrik Lundqvist and the struggling Rangers.

Lundqvist admitted to ESPN’s Katie Strang that it hurt to allow that extra point to slip away.

“This one hurt,” Lundqvist said. “Right now we need two points, not just one.”

With that loss, the Rangers are now in a tenuous spot in eighth place in the East with 33 points. They’re just a bit ahead of the fading Carolina Hurricanes (32 points) and those increasingly threatening Capitals (and the New York Islanders) at 31.

  1. mp1113 - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Another huge game against the Islanders tuesday. Keep it up boys. I hope fehr isnt seriously injured though

    • mp1113 - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      btw, where are all the clowns that wanted to trade ovi last week?

      • ravenscaps48 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:37 PM

        Yes… Yes we are… But hey, I’m glad he’s hot. Also, I’m on the “Pay Mike Ribeiro Whatever He Wants” bandwagon… That dude is the real deal!

      • ziplock10 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        I’m a Caps fan. Didn’t want Ovi traded… That’s crazy!!!

        But he has been average these last two seasons. You have to work to counter what moves you have because teams are going to take away what you can do and make you change. He clearly has a coach trying to make him change by moving him to right wing.

        That’s brave for a first year coach!! Hat’s off Oatsy!

    • jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      every game is a huge game at this point. i dont even see a competitive team on the caps schedule until they play mtl in a couple weeks…sabres, lightning, islanders, panthers, flyers – couldnt ask for an easier stretch to put some wins together. they better hope to position themselves well in these next 2 weeks because they have tor, ott 2x, bos, winnipeg, and mtl again to finish.

  2. penzfan329 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Ovi hasn’t changed his game. He’s still standing at the same spot waiting in the same shot as usual. Only difference is the pucks finding the back of the net. Great player with great potential tho

    • bmoreredfury311 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Go talk sh*t to the flyer fans, no need for your blow hard, pens homer wisdom. You guys are always hot in the reg-season but fall short in the post season, in the past 3 years.
      Caps need to tighten up on D but they have had some great O. wait until next year when its a full season not this tease of a year. Enjoy your T-cup pen fans.

      • theageofquarrel - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:26 AM

        You mean falling short like the Caps do every year since their inception?
        Funny how you step into the Verizon Center and see ZERO championship banners. But hey enjoy the useless banners like a Presidents trophy banner because nothing came of that season.

      • tomahawk12 - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        Typical Washington fan cry in all sports…..wait till next year! Talk about great wisdom and pointing out the obvious…Great O? Caps won a few games…lets not get carried away….

      • blackfoot11 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Haters are going to hate…all while the Caps are winning and two out of a spot. Say what you want, but the Caps are healthy and starting to push back into a wide open playoff field.

      • mattybo - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        Yeah, i’m not a fan of either team but jabbing at a team for falling short in the post season after being hot in the regular season from a caps fan perspective is hilarious.

        Pot meet Kettle. You have never not fallen short in the post season so i’m not sure what you are getting at. You dominated every regular season in your limp dicked division for years just to get bounced like always in the playoffs. I’d go after some other sort of insult when addressing other teams flaws instead of the insult that your team is defined as….keep on gaggin’

      • jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        saying the goal scoring leader is in your division doesnt make your division better. he is on a terrible team that just fired their coach. corey perry won the mvp on an average at best ducks team a couple years ago and led with 50 goals then…if anything i would love to see stamkos play more games against better opponents and see if he still leads in goals…same thing with ovechkin, cant wait for realignment

  3. jmoffatt3jmoffatt3 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Reblogged this on jmoffatt3.

  4. penzfan329 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Calm down there guy. Just starting some conversations. I tend to avoid these because of dbags like you. Just wanted some good hockey talk but nvm

    • bmoreredfury311 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Come on man, talk about a D-bag, If you wanted to talk hockey, rangers and caps hockey then by all means go ahead, no one is stopping you from that. But your comment above brings nothing to the table, except to talk crap.
      And, to the other pens fans that see one of the kin get called out and get their panties in a bunch. I’m from Baltimore which doesn’t have hockey team and D.C is the closest, so don’t bunch me in w/ other D.C teams.
      I don’t want a short season cup, for the franchise first and i don’t need to make excuses for the Caps. They know what they need to do. I’m just tired of reading comments on the this site and its always the same 10 pen fans.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        lol, as if a short season cup comes with an asterisk? i would think you would want anything at this point, tough to be proud of SE division championship banners when they are the easiest ones to get in the league.

      • bmoreredfury311 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        To me it kinda does, but please go back and show me where i said that I’m proud of the SE division titles, troll

      • bmoreredfury311 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        IMO a short season cup, is something i wouldn’t be happy with. would i take it, yea why not. I a fan, no matter what they do, unlike other people. And please show me where i said i was proud of my SE division? troll.

      • bmoreredfury311 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        didn’t realize the first one took.sry

      • bmoreredfury311 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Sorry didn’t realize first reply went through.

      • blackfoot11 - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM

        I will take a Cup won in a standard or shortened season. I just want a Cup as a Caps fan. I am tired of looking at a “0” in the Stanley Cup column.

      • bmoreredfury311 - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        No I totally agree with you, a cup, is a cup. But in a perfect world, which it is not, it would be in regular season and in the new division. Because I’m sooo tired of hearing, we’re in a sh*tty division, but last time i check the leading scorer in the league (Stamkos) is in this division.
        They are a great team w/ a lot of talent, but they need heart, soul and team camaraderie to get it done, this year or next.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        saying the goal scoring leader is in your division doesnt make your division better. he is on a terrible team that just fired their coach. corey perry won the mvp on an average at best ducks team a couple years ago and led with 50 goals then…if anything i would love to see stamkos play more games against better opponents and see if he still leads in goals…same thing with ovechkin, cant wait for realignment

  5. kotteintheslot - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Caps are on a role right now but my real question is this: how was Rick Nash not suspended for this game? Shannahan is a joke

    • stakex - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:13 AM

      Because he didn’t do anything suspension worthy? Like it or not, leaving your feet and hitting a guy in the neck with a forearm isn’t a suspendable offense in the NHL. So get over it already.

  6. johnstone17 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    Can’t score 2 goals or less a game & ask # 30 to keep stealing wins.

    • leroymond - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:49 AM

      Lundqvist played well enough to win. Holtby was awesome as well. Both were definitely deserving of the first and second stars of the game.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      thats what they did last year…he is a vezina goalie.

  7. capsfan19 - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    I’ll admit i was one of those firesale people, but this team is so up and down who knows.
    We def need to move some pieces i.e. jeff schultz… But im lovin this upswing. Ovi does little things different here and there, for the deflection on the second goal he crashed the net to poke it in. Something you dont normally see.
    But yes ravenscaps we def need to pay ribeiro whatver he wants. If we want to win a cup he’s an essential piece we need.

  8. capsfan19 - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    I will say ovi destroying callahan was hilarious, rangers captain can hit but he’s no great 8

  9. obnoxiousDCfan - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Good thing this game wasn’t on NBC. Milbury would have had a heart attack after Ovechkin got the shootout goal.

    • johnstone17 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Milbury is a jerkoff !!!!

      • ziplock10 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        Agreed! Doesn’t he have some Jr. Hockey kids to beat??

  10. bmoreredfury311 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I watched the end of the flyers and pens game and i the post game they were talking about the rangers-caps game. Milbury did not look happy when he had to eat his words, once again and give the Caps and Ovi there dues.
    As someone said up above, we are very up and down. They’ve been like that ever since Bruce got let go, but its a short year. I don’t think its time to panic, and or try to go crazy, to try to make a run and make bad moves to do it.

  11. rockthered1286 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Where’s everyone who sad Holtby wasn’t worth a 2 year chump change extension? Kid has been phenomenal since that extension. His confidence is here it needs to be finally and he’s doing all of this with 3 key D men down!

    • jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      who are the 3? erskine, poti, and schultz? come on, they have their best 6 out there right now…hillen was brought in for the bottom pairing, orlov is back, green is back – the only guy that was suspect was oleksy and he has played his butt off and i would take him over erskine, poti or schultz any day. they are the healthiest they have been all year up and down the roster…this is as good as it gets.

      • rockthered1286 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        Kundratek is a top 2 line guy. Yes, Green JUST came back from injury, and Erskine is more valuable than most realize. Caps went on a 9 of 11 W tear, Erskine goes down, then they lost 3 straight. When you screw with lines and how they mesh it makes a HUGE difference.

  12. pwilson264 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    I don’t know how you can compare Ovechikn to Callahan two different type of players. but besides that the Caps won in a shoot out, if they were that great the Caps should of won when they had 2-0 lead in the first half of period, but the Rangers came back to tie didn’t they. you can’t judge a team by a shoot out, compared two 4 on 4 in OT, shoot outs should be abolished, wins should be made as a team.

    • blackfoot11 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      A bit of sour grapes? Two points is two points, the last time I checked. I’m sure you would have a different tone if your Rangers had received the two points. Go Caps!

  13. blackfoot11 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Health is the biggest key to the way the Caps are playing. With Laich and Green back in the lineup it makes everything better, not to mention that all four lines are all contributing. Let’s keep the points streak rolling and pay no mind to all the haters. Go Caps!

  14. penzfan329 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    I wasn’t doing any trash talking. From what I’ve noticed as far as his goal scoring is that 75% of his goals come from him waiting on the same exact shot. He’s still the same hard hitting Ovie but he hasn’t changed much if you ask me.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      and on the pp too

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