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Blues pull Halak after early barrage from Ovechkin (Caps win 4-1)

Nov 17, 2013, 6:54 PM EST

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals chased Jaroslav Halak out of Sunday’s game in less than 16 minutes, as he allowed three goals on just six shots.

Ovechkin collected two of those tallies, pushing his season total to 17, tying Alexander Steen for the league lead. (For now, at least.)

Here are the two Ovechkin goals. The first one came 7:17 into the first period:

The second one came about five minutes later:

Mikhail Grabovski scored the goal that sealed Halak’s fate for the night, notching his seventh for the season. We’ll see if Brian Elliott and the St. Louis Blues can turn it around after falling behind 3-0.

Update: the Capitals ended up winning 4-1 thanks to that 3-0 opening and 46 saves by Braden Holtby.

  1. thomasvanek - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    17*

    • James O'Brien - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      Fixed, thanks.

  2. jhaegs - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Been saying it all year: F’in Ian Cole!

    Not Halak’s best, but he’ll be fine. Everyone has an off night… Right Blackhawks fans?

    • lowenni - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Are you really on here trolling the Hawks again? First of all, you’re in no position to be making fun of the Hawks goaltending when your starting goaltender was just pulled because of a .500 save percentage in the game. Secondly, you really need to choose another team besides the reigning Stanley Cup champs to make fun of, because you have no argument or support going for you.

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      To quote you: “Ouch.”

  3. jhaegs - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Steen had 17 coming into the game…

    • James O'Brien - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      Thanks again everyone.

  4. mclovinhockey - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    AO is deadly.

    • joey4id - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      he is, and just as deadly when playing without the puck. too bad. Nail Y. will become like Ovi if he doesn’t learn to play better d.

      • lowenni - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:34 PM

        Yeah, how horrible would that be? I’m sure the Oilers would hate for Yakupov to become a perennial 50-goal scorer like Ovi.

      • joey4id - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        In case you missed it, here’s a news flash. Oilers want Yakupov to be more responsible defensively.

      • bohman88 - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        I don’t understand why everyone continuously craps on OV’s defensive play. Yes it is sub par, without a doubt, but we have known this. OV is a scorer – not a defensemen. I also do not remember reading any articles where he has stated otherwise. With that being said can we please get over the fact that his D is horrible? As long as the man keeps putting pucks in the back of the net I will tolerate his suspect defensive play.

      • joey4id - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        bohman88, playing defensively is not the sole responsibility of the d men, as playing offensively is not the sole responsibility of the forwards. If any one player is not doing his job responsibly, be it offensively or defensively, then he is putting his team in precarious position. This is why Ovi will NEVER be considered as the best of the best. He is undoubtedly on of the best of the best scorers in the game, but he is not a complete player. I for one would take Stamkos to build a team around before Ovi. Matter of fact, I can think of a few others I would take before him. I’m not saying I wouldn’t take Ovi. He would not be my leader. In no particular order I think of the following players you would want to build a team around; Towes, Datsyuk, Zetterburg, Stamkos, Chara to name a few.

      • bohman88 - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        I respect where you’re coming from. Keep in mind I never said OV is the greatest leader, in fact, my comment was based off my curiosity as to why he’s broken down for his defensive play. I will say this, if there is one leadership quality the man does not lack in it’s heart. Also, supporting cast plays a huge role. Towes is a phenomenal player, hands down. But you can’t sit here and tell me that the hawks team doesn’t have more depth then the caps and maybe any other team in the league for that matter. As I said, I respect where you’re coming from but I think it misses the whole point of what I was saying in my first comment. OV can’t play D to save his life, but he sure can score goals. And as long as he continues to score I’ll keep my mouth shut about his defensive play. Like you said anyone would love for him to play for their team, whether they want to admit it or not. I’m just happy he’s on my favorite team.

  5. jhaegs - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    17 goals…. lol

  6. lowenni - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Yeah, how horrible would that be? I’m sure the Oilers would hate for Yakupov to become a perennial 50-goal scorer like Ovi.

  7. jhaegs - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    I was making fun? Quite the contrary. My statement clearly meant that a goalie can have a bad night, but it doesn’t make him a bad goalie. If you take the time to read posts, instead of seeing me mention your almighty Hawks and getting in a blind rage, maybe you won’t sound like crybabies. You girls ARE touchy about your team…

    • lowenni - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      As a m

  8. jhaegs - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Ovi is a cherry picker that wants to do nothing but score. 17 goals with a -7 rating… I know that stat can be misleading, but the way he plays sometimes backs it up.

    • l0glcalv0icesays - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      You fail for thinking +/- is a relevant stat. It’s really not.

  9. jhaegs - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:19 AM

    You fail for missing the fact that I said: “I know that stat can be misleading, but the way he plays sometimes backs it up.”

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