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Capitals push streak to eight wins as Ovechkin’s hot streak continues

Apr 16, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals continued their blistering run on Tuesday. The streaking star pushed his league-leading goals total to 28 while his team won its eighth game in a row thanks to an impressive 5-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

If you need more evidence that the “old” Ovechkin is back, witness the one-timer he fired to score that goal on the power play tonight:

Yup, that’s what fans came to expect and opponents learned to fear from the 27-year-old, who did more than just score an emphatic goal in this game.

The Capitals now have at least a momentary six-point lead against the Winnipeg Jets for the Southeast Division lead, although the Jets could very well pull to within four if they hold onto a lead against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Either way, Washington is red-hot, making them an interesting under-the-radar playoff contender (while Ovechkin builds his Hart Trophy case).

  1. panicatthedistrict - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Good game played by the Caps. Good for Ovi, and also good for Erat, who scored his first goal and assist as a Cap.

    P.S. Although they didn’t record a shot, I liked that all out grinder PP unit assembled by Oates on that last power play for no particular reason.

    • ziplock10 - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      They are called the wagons!

  2. bmoreredfury311 - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Good win, good finish. Bring on the hate. Go Caps!

  3. thehairychestsportsblog - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Erat played one hell of a game and Jack Hillen has been on fire. If we make it in I just hope we don’t draw the Islanders. Watching Ovi at the game and being at home and watching him during stoppages in play, he is very vocal and looks like a leader on a mission.

  4. rsl22 - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    I don’t think they would be considered “under-the-radar” at this point. 12-1-1 in their last 14 games is a contender by any measure.

    I don’t mean they are going to win the Cup, but they just beat MTL and TO, and are playing well with their captain leading the charge (and sticking up for teammates, nice to see that). That’s a good way to enter the playoffs.

  5. ziplock10 - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Why not the Cup?

    We are playing excellent Defense!

    That’s Playoff Hockey!! This isn’t the run and gun Caps of old.

    They are stifling!

  6. ludacrish05 - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    We don’t even get top news when we have the longest current win streak… Okay

  7. blackfoot11 - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Good complete game by the Caps last night. The Caps PP is as dangerous as it gets, and is fun to watch with all the skill on ice. Lets keep the points train rolling, as another test lies ahead in Ottawa on Thursday.

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