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Ovechkin named NHL’s first star of the week

Mar 25, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

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After racking up five goals and eight points in four games, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was named the NHL’s first star of the week on Monday.

Most of Ovechkin’s damage was done in back-to-back thumpings of Winnipeg — he put up five total points (3G, 2A) as the Caps beat the Southeast division leader 4-1 on Mar. 21 and 6-1 on Mar. 22.

Those wins were huge for the Caps, as they now sit just five points back of Winnipeg (and two back of eighth-place New York Rangers) for playoff jockeying.

As for Ovechkin, he’s currently in the midst of a season-long scoring streak (five games) and now leads the Caps with 16 goals on the year.

Second star of the week went to Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, the second time this season the Finnish netminder has won a star of the week (he was third star on Mar. 4).

Backstrom went a perfect 3-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .972 save percentage for the Wild as the club extended its season-long winning streak to five games.

The highlights of Backstrom’s week included a season-high 36-save performance in a 4-2 win over Detroit, and picking up his 27th career shutout with a 33-save effort in a 2-0 win over San Jose.

Third star of the week went to Toronto’s Nazem Kadri.

Kadri finished second in the league last week with seven points in three games. He also recorded his third three-point performance of the season in a 4-2 win over Tampa Bay, racking up three assists and a plus-3 rating.

The 22-year-old now leads the Maple Leafs with 34 points in 32 games this season and is tied for first on the team in goals (14) and assists (20).

  1. jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    been a while since we’ve seen this headline

  2. JoeAvg - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Well it’s about time Ovi.

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Geddon ovie

  4. stakex - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Its good to see Ovechkin playing more like his old self of late. Kinda funny how as soon as him and Backstrom started playing together he caught on fire. I guess playing him with 3rd/4th liners wasn’t that great of an idea… shocker.

    Of note, if you throw out the first 10 games of the season in which Ovechkin only had 2 goals while getting use to playing on the right side, and playing with sub par line mates… hes had 14 goals in the last 22 games. That would put him on pace for 53 goals in an 82 game season. It might just be a good stretch for him, and who knows if he will keep it up… but his numbers over the last 22 games have been in line with his first five seasons.

  5. blomfeld - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM


    Can’t say that I’m a huge Ovi fan, but I “suppose” this is a step in the right direction? … it was after all only the lowly Jets? Anyway, Ovechkin still has a long way to go before he ever gets out of my doghouse! As a former lover of Soviet hockey back in the 70’s and 80’s, I contend that Ovechkin’s childish “hot dogging” ways need to be replaced by the “been there done that” aplomb of the many glorious Soviet greats who’ve trail-blazed before him. And until he does that, then he’ll remain a “clown” as far as I’m concerned, even if he manages to score 100 goals against the Jets. The thing is that superstars like Ovechkin are a cut above the rest and therefore they need to behave accordingly. Let the “B & C” grades jump up and down like “school girls” after scoring a goal , as that’s their “moment” in the limelight. Superstars however are “always” in the limelight doing great things and so their demeanor must reflect that. You don’t see a secretary “shrieking” with delight just because she used the photo copier do you? … of course not. So the same goes for someone like Ovechkin, who is clearly in the top echelon of elite players. He needs to behave more like Valery Kharlamov or Bobby Orr when he scores, not like some childish circus clown! And when he does that, then will he finally become a “Tovaritch” in Blomfeld’s books! :)

    Video for Ovechkin showing how one “ought” to behave after scoring a goal …

    • jokerpoker91 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      You’re an idiot. The ‘lowly’ Jets are leading the SE division. I’m positive your placement of Ovi in the doghouse doesn’t affect him in the least.

      • sunderlanding - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Yaaahh. They’re leading the worst division in the NHL. What a great achievement. GO JETS!

      • jokerpoker91 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        Keep posting 30 year old hockey videos. That’ll help you make your points.

  6. caps4cup - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Let’s go caps

  7. bmoreredfury311 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    “Caps beat the Southeast division leader 4-1 on Mar. 21 and 6-1 on Mar. 22.”
    That was a 4-0 win on the 21st.

  8. orangandblack - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Nothing against Ovi, but it’s hard to say he had a better week than Backstrom

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