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Ovechkin named NHL’s first star of the week

Apr 8, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

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For the second time in three weeks, Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is the NHL’s first star of the week.

Ovechkin earned the honor with seven goals in four games, including a hat trick Saturday against Florida. The 27-year-old scored twice more Sunday versus Tampa Bay, moving into a tie with Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos for the most goals (25) in the NHL.

Yesterday, Ovechkin credited Washington’s new head coach, Adam Oates, for much of his resurgence.

“It’s trust. That’s what I don’t have last year,” Ovechkin said, according to the Washington Post’s Katie Carrera. “When you have that kind of feelings you just want to go out there, play for your team for your coach and do your best.”

Two goalies — the Blues’ Brian Elliott and the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist — were named the second and third stars of the week, respectively.

The recent play of Elliott (3-0-0 with a .952 save percentage in three appearances) has been especially encouraging for St. Louis, which hasn’t received particularly good goaltending this season. The Blues’ team save percentage is .893, tied for 27th in the NHL.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    THE RUSSIAN MACHINE!

  2. capsfan19 - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    SHAZAM!

    Wahhh here come the haters: ovi’s selfish, go back to russia. Shut it. :)

    • polegojim - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      Here I am… SHAZAM!

      You do realize that you don’t have to ‘hate’ a player to be critical, right?

      Great week for Ovi – all credit to him for that… now, will he finish the same way, same effort?

  3. tfaltin - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    It looks like he’s having fun again, and he’s really figured out the RW position. He looks as lethal as ever and has that cockiness (and I mean that in a good way) back in his stride. The NHL is better with a great Ovechkin.

  4. live4hockey - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Caps fans no longer want to trade him or take away his C?!?! Jump back on, there are plenty of seats!

  5. operwapitsai - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    wow this ovi bandwagon really cleared out. it will be nice to have some company again

  6. capsrockva - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    I wonder what Milbury is thinking now

    • hockeydon10 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      He’s thinking, “Wow, my criticism of Ovechkin really did the job. See how well he’s played since I called him out!”

      You know it’s true. Milbury can barely give credit to any player not born in North America.

      • ziplock10 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:45 AM

        Milbury is another idiot who doesn’t watch what has happened in the last 3 years.

        Ovi needed to be moved to the right. Oats recognized teams changed how they played him with success. As opposed to a run and gun all out blitz under BB , or get a goal lead and cop a squat under Hunter. Everytime we had a lead, Hunter pulled him and went 70’s retro.

        He clearly wasn’t himself in the beginning of the year, but a new system and losing Semin, Johansson and Backstrom had a little to do with it.

        ! I KNOW! Semin stunk! Not really!

        Take away the idiot offensive ended hooking calls that caused 2 PP’s a game and he’d be decent. Can’t fix stupid though!!!

    • bethgoesglobal - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:40 AM

      Love it!! My first thoughts were about what Milbury has been thinking recently too.

      The little girl in me wishes I could run up to him and do that silly “nany nany, boo, boo” thing to him. The evil b*#$h wants him to eat pavement (ok so that’s a BIT much)

      Would be nice if he would just hang his head a little the next time they talk about Ovi. BUT, would Not be surprised to see him somehow take credit for it (as hockeydon10 suggested)

      I just hope this will keep critics quiet for a while. Who’s taking bets??

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