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Video: Red-hot Ovechkin leads Capitals past Canadiens

Apr 9, 2013, 11:57 PM EST

Alex Ovechkin continues his scoring ways and the Washington Capitals continue their winning ways. It’s no coincidence those two things are connected.

The Capitals won again Tuesday – their fifth consecutive victory – with a 3-2 effort over the Montreal Canadiens. And it was vintage Ovechkin, as he scored for the sixth time in the last three games. He’s now up to 26 goals on the season, which puts him into a tie with Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the league lead in that category.

The Capitals have gone 8-1-1 in their last games and are two points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets for the top spot in the Southeast Division.

  1. earpaniac - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Is anyone hotter than Ovi right now? My lord is he on fire.

  2. rockthered1286 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Not to take anything away from Stamkos but lets not forget- Ovi had 1 goal through I believe the first ten games of this short season? Imagine if this team would have clicked from the start. He’d be blowing away the competition.

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      Or if the bogus empty net offsides and penalty wasn’t called on Hendricks two games ago, he would be leading by two goals.

    • flavadave10 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      Imagine if he could hit the empty nets this year. That’s scary.

  3. rsl22 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Never would have believed it a month ago, but is Ovechkin going to win the Hart? Glad Oates came to his senses and reunited OV and Backis.

    • flavadave10 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      I’m a Caps fan, and he shouldn’t be. IMO, Hart Trophy should go to the guy who’s been a leader all season. Ovechkin’s first month struggles are why he shouldn’t win it. Then again, I’m trying to guess what the voters are thinking, and lord knows that’s like trying to guess the weather a month in advance. He’ll definitely get consideration. I’d just vote for Patrick Kane and Toews over him (off the top of my head).

      • rsl22 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        He had a new coach, switched positions, and was being played with a new center.

        If it was a full season, 10 game slump would be nothing.

        MVP is Most Valuable Player. It is clear Ovechkin is the most valuable player to his team. When he wasn’t scoring, the Caps were last in the league. When he started scoring, the Caps have climbed out oblivion.

      • flavadave10 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        Good points. Much of his recent play probably has to do with the fact that he’s back with Backstrom and the improved play of Mo-Jo.

        One problem though: “If it was a full season, 10 game slump would be nothing”- Well, this isn’t a full season, it’s 48 games. A 10 game slump is equal to just over 20% of the season (20.83333… to be exact). Over a full 82 game season, that would be 17 games.

        I think the Hart Trophy should go to a guy who’s more consistent than that. But that’s just me.

    • blackfoot11 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Ovi is definitely in the conversation for the Hart. But, Crosby is the clear favorite and he should be based on his strong point production this year. His campaign is strengthen by the fact the Pens have been inconsistent without him in the lineup. I would rank the top three Hart candidates as 1. Crosby 2. Kane 3. Ovi

      • rsl22 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        The Hart Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team. I don’t believe Crosby or Kane are more valuable to their team.

      • blackfoot11 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Fine, you are certainly entitled to that view. As a Caps fan, I understand what Ovi’s performance has meant to the team. But, I also pay just as much attention to the league. To say Crosby is not the MVP of the Pens is ridiculous. Its clear that of all the players that the Pens have lost this year for a time, Crosby’s injury, cut them pretty deep. They have been a roller coaster since, and any Pens fan would agree.

      • stakex - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        First of all, Crosby is certain to miss most of the rest of the season. Fair or not, staying healthy is part of the MVP debate, since you have no value to your team sitting on the bench, so that hurts his case. Also, the Pens have Malkin, Kunitz, Neal, and a solid supporting cast… Crosby is a luxury, and isn’t absolutely vital to the Pens playing well. Sure they haven’t looked great lately, but that likely has more to do with a letdown for the end of their streak (Chicago went 5-5 after their point streak ended), and is fueled by other injuries to key guys like Letang. At the end of the day, the Pens are a dangerous team with or without Crosby.

        Same with Kane. Hes played great, but Chicago is a fairly stacked team thats playing very well together… and they wouldn’t fall apart without Kane. They might not be as dominant, but I don’t see them falling too far in the standing without him.

        Ovechkin on the other hand? When he struggled… the Caps floundered into last place. Hes been on fire, and the Caps have gone 8-1-1 in their last 10 and clawed their way into a playoff spot, almost exclusively thanks to his play. No doubt hes been the MVP over the last 10-15 games. The question is does his terrible first 10 games hurt his cause too much?

        I’d also point out that Lundvist should get a look if the Rangers make the playoff. Considering that they have been at, or near, last in goals for this season… his play is pretty much the only reason why they still cling to a playoff spot. If they had a so-so goalie, Rangers would be near the bottom of the standings right now. Just a thought.

      • blackfoot11 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Crosby is a luxury? The 15 game streak ended the game after Crosby broke his jaw, and the Pens had to grind out the win after he left the contest against the Isles. Mind you, Letang and Malkin missed games during the streak, and Kunitz’s good production was tied to Crosby. I will give you the Letang argument, but only for his impact on the PP at the point.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      the answer is no, he will not win the hart. kane or crosby will and stamkos would have if tb wouldve made the playoffs. no one was mentioning jakub voracek for mvp when he went on a similar tear as ovechkin is now and no one outside of washington is considering ovechkin now. i dont think a guy who is 6th in scoring, with over half his goals come off the pp, and basically took the first month of the season off should even be in the conversation. there are guys below him in the scoring race that have better point per game average and have better 5 on 5 points % than ovechkin does including getzlaf, taylor hall, vanek. not to discredit this impressive run lately, he just has come on too late…only took him 20 games or so to “find his game”…not really mvp caliber hockey he was playing for half the year.

  4. tbbolts91 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    dumb

    • govtminion - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      It’s ok, we don’t think any less of you for it.

      • prosportswashington - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        Apply cold water directly to the burned area

  5. obnoxiousDCfan - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    But….I thought he was washed up? Somebody better remind him that MIlbury says he can’t play at a high level any more. Can’t wait to be at the Verizon Center this Saturday!

    • flavadave10 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Keep in mind Millbury is the same guy who traded Chara and Luongo. Millbury embraces mediocrity.

  6. flavadave10 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Ovechkin is trolling Mike Milbury at this point.

  7. prosportswashington - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Now if only the rest of the team would start scoring!

    • rsl22 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      I’d be happy with happy with healthy at this point. The Caps basically played last night with the entire second line on the IR.

      • prosportswashington - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        ….and pretty much all of the forwards are 2nd-3rd liners (apart from Ribeiro and maybe Brouwer)

      • flavadave10 - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        propsportswashington-

        Small sample size, but Mo-Jo’s been playing quite well alongside Ovechkin lately.

  8. blackfoot11 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Obviously, last night was a big test for the Caps about where the team is at this point. They showed why they are the hot team in the East. Not easy to win in the Bell Centre, as the Habs have played well there all year, especially when tallying a goal in the 1st period. Its good to see all lines skating with confidence, being physical, and playing relentlessly. Go Caps!

    • jpelle82 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      i agree, hoping for a caps vs islanders 1st round.

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