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Ovechkin, Eller and Fleury are the three stars of the week

Oct 7, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

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The reigning MVP of the NHL is also the first star of the week.

From the league’s release on Alex Ovechkin‘s latest honor:

Ovechkin led the NHL in goals (4), points (6), power-play goals (3), power-play points (5) and shots on goal (24) just days after returning from Greece, where he became the first Russian to carry the Olympic torch for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. He opened the season by recording 1-1—2 in a 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 1. Ovechkin then scored twice, assisted on the game-tying goal and potted the clinching score in the shootout to help the Capitals rally from a three-goal deficit in a 5-4 victory over the Calgary Flames Oct. 3. He closed the week by tallying Washington’s lone goal, the 375th of his career, in a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars Oct. 5. The 28-year-old Moscow native and reigning Hart Memorial Trophy winner has played in 604 career NHL games, all with the Capitals, totaling 375-366—741.

Montreal center Lars Eller and Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury were the second and third stars of the week, respectively.

That’s a pretty refreshing way to start the season for Fleury in particular, who came into 2013-14 under immense pressure to rediscover his form and responded with two wins, a shutout and a .979 save percentage in his first two starts.

  1. girouxed - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Hopefully caps wont choke this year.

    • stakex - Oct 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      I’m not sure how favored they are to go deep to begin with. Watching their first three games was pretty painful. Ovechkin has a hand in 60% of their goals, and they have given up an average of 4 goals a game. A lack of depth up front, iffy defense, and very questionable goaltending are not a recipe for success.

      • bmscalise - Oct 7, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        What should actually be most concerning for Caps fans is that – not only are the Caps giving up goals like crazy (10 in 3 games) – they aren’t actually scoring them either – except on the PP.

        6 of the Caps 9 goals have been PP – and 5 of Ovie’s 6 points. When the PP dries up – and it will, given that the Caps have only played one strong team so far – the Caps and Ovie will have a serious problem.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    60+ for Ovie this season and 34% PP for the Caps

  3. rushledger - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Fluery looks good so far, the only goal scored on him was a really sick bat out of the air deflect by Vanek, no shame in that one.

    • jpelle82 - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      agreed. in a sick kind of way i’m hoping that maybe he will be better off this year since vokoun isnt waiting in the wings putting pressure on him. then again, fleury usually plays pretty well throughout the reg season anyway.

    • stakex - Oct 7, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      He’s looked good against two teams that will be scraping the bottom of the Eastern conference all year. Id wait till he plays against a team that can actually you know, score, before you celebrate his game.

      • jpelle82 - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        couldnt ask for a better starting schedule…but with vokoun out i wouldnt be surprised to see fleury start 70 games this year and he will see just about every team barring western conference doormats. the real barometer wont be the reg season, it will be the first round in april.

    • girouxed - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Yea hes making up for getting smacked in the face by entire city of Boston.

  4. sjtorpitt - Oct 7, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Hopefully giroux gets a point this year.

  5. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    I see the NHL writers are still amazed by Ovechkin’s ability to score when there’s a man advantage… and only when there’s a man advantage. 5 out of 6 points on the PP, defensively, the Caps have been lackluster. Ovechkin has 6 points but still manages to have a -1 +/-. Not exactly stellar, but whatever. Point totals are all that matter in the new NHL.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      Caps need to tighten up on the turn overs, otherwise their not playing bad.1-2 is not bad with 79 games to go. Ovi, man advantage or not- the guy is scoring goals and that’s all that matters. Don’t worry, they’ll be plenty of Crosby a$s kissing soon enough.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:36 PM

        I don’t care for the Crosby love-fest either, but out of the two, there’s no comparison who’s the better player. But there’s plenty of other players worth mentioning as well, but the media loves their ‘darlings’.

  6. cmpuck - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    If the Devils are making Fleury of all people a star..It’s gonna be a long season in Newark.

    • blackheart78 - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      Is this the same Lars who plays drums for Metallica?

  7. blomfeld - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    OVI RULZ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  8. redmosquito16 - Oct 8, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    So Ovie has more goals than the entire Flyers’ roster? Great…

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