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Ovechkin passes Stamkos for goals lead, Capitals win seventh in a row

Apr 13, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

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For the second year in a row, it seemed like Steven Stamkos‘ consolation prize for another awful Tampa Bay Lightning season would be the Maurice Richard trophy. Saturday showed that Alex Ovechkin might just claim that accolade – and on a much more successful team, in that.

The Washington Capitals and their captain remained red-hot tonight. A Mike Green overtime game-winner gave them a 6-5 win – which is their seventh in a row – while Ovechkin collected goal 27 of this season, placing him one ahead of Stamkos.

At first, the game seemed like it would be a blowout.

The Capitals took a 3-0 lead in the first period and Jason Chimera made it 4-0 early in the second. Martin St. Louis & co. wouldn’t allow the Capitals to take this one easily, however, as they eventually sent the game to OT. Green’s power-play marker still left the Lightning with a sour taste in their mouths, however.

With this victory, Washington now holds a four-point standings lead over the idle Winnipeg Jets for the Southeast Division crown (both teams have six games left).

It might be fun to call the Capitals’ division the “Southleast” or “Southeasy,” but the Caps are now on a startling 11-1-1 run in their last 13. In other words, save your insults for the lowly Lightning.

  1. blackfoot11 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    The Caps made this one interesting, as the Lighting fought till the end. Mike Green shut the door though. Let’s keep the points train rolling. Go Caps!

  2. mp1113 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    This was the best worst game ever

  3. cspsrbums - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    It looks like the south east is going to get two teams in the playoffs the others will get 3 teams each downtown look like there divisions are that much better

    • stakex - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Huh?

      The Southeast is probably only going to send one team to the playoffs, and thats Washington. Winnipeg is two points out of the playoffs, and the Rangers have a game in hand on them. You would be going out on a huge limb to claim they will make the playoffs, and the Northeast division is going to send four teams to the playoffs… not three.

      Fun fact: Since the formation of the South East division during the realignment in 1998, no more then two teams have made the playoffs from the Southeast division. So yes, the other two divisions ARE that much better.

  4. ravenscaps48 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    That is a game tape that you throw away and move on…. Never been so unsatisfied with a W

  5. withseidelinn - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Caps need to seriously take a look at this tomorrow and realize that they will be swiftly eliminated playing like that. Fun to watch though.

    • blackfoot11 - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      I agree they will use this tape to fix the defensive lapses in the 3rd, and to close a team out. However, its a stretch to say that this particular game of many this season, will dictate playoff success.

  6. vanindeed - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    south east………….the cream of the crap

  7. watermelon1 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    So glad I won’t have to hear anyone crying about the divisions next year when they realign.

    You people beg for pro sports to keep divisions but then cry about the divisions.

    If you’d lobby to have divisions eliminated, there would be more variety and playoffs would always go according to seeding.

    Imagine this… You could end up with ANY two teams in the Stanley cup finals(or Super Bowl or World Series)

    It would no longer be a guaranteed spot for two random divisions or conferences.

    If penguins and flyers end up being the last two teams standing at end of playoffs…. They would be I’m the finals.

    People think divisions create rivalries? No, being good for years at a time and meeting in the playoffs numerous times creates rivalries.

  8. caps4cup - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Lets go caps!!!!!

  9. 19to77 - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Another day, another win for the Capitals… against yet another team they won’t have to contend with in the playoffs. They STILL only have a combined two wins against the top five seeds in the East, people – one each the whole season against Boston and Montreal. They’re not a real contender just yet – give them some time to cut their teeth against the true Eastern Conference elite instead of the punching bags of the Southeast Division, all of whom other than Washington are 25th in the standings OR WORSE.

    Seriously, from 25th to 30th, four of the six teams are Southeast. They’re a pushover division. There’s no way around it.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      What ever you need to tell yourself, to fall asleep at night. Love the hate and down play, keep it coming. A win is, a win. C-A-P-S caps caps caps

    • blackfoot11 - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      Your not saying anything that fans and even the Caps players havn’t said. Yes the SE is down this year, but the Caps are doing their jobs and winning games. Keep the hate coming, while Caps keep winning. Go Caps!

      • 19to77 - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        See you in the postseason, gentlemen… for about two weeks, anyway.

  10. Steve B - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    The Caps can only play in the division they are asked to play in. Thank the Lord that they’ll be in a stronger division next season. That’ll be more exciting for their fans and it’ll give all the Cap-haters one less thing to gripe about.

  11. jimeejohnson - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Alexander the Great started this season slowly, but has reasserted himself as a premier goal scorer in the best hockey league in the world.

  12. kingsforever - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    So Ovi struggles for like 8 games and everyone loses their minds….ok.
    He’s back

    • sunderlanding - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      Sturggles for 8 games? More like two years.

  13. capsrockva - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Watch out Ottawa you don’t want us in the first round

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