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Halak powers Caps to 3-2 win against Ducks

Mar 19, 2014, 1:07 AM EDT

The odds remain stacked against the Washington Capitals, but maybe they traded for the goalie who can help them overcome such a burden.

Jaroslav Halak is shaping up to be a workhorse for Washington, as he stopped 43 out of 45 shots to help the Caps grab a key 3-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. Capitals head coach Adam Oates said that his team needs to win all three games in a grueling California road trip, so they got the first one out of the way.

Alex Ovechkin was the other difference-maker for Washington, as his league-leading 46th goal also represented the game-winner:

That’s Ovechkin’s ninth game-winning tally of the season, which ties him with Ducks forward Corey Perry for the league lead.

This certainly stands as a big win for Washington, but they’re definitely not out of the woods. The two other bubble teams in the running for the East’s final wild card spot have games in hand, so they might end up needing a little help along the way (they don’t play against Columbus or Detroit again this season).

They also face a rough closing schedule. Consider the following:

  • They finish this three-game California trip against Los Angeles and then San Jose.
  • Their reward is another game against the Kings and a match against the wrecking ball Bruins at home. Then they play five of six on the road after that.
  • With games remaining against other strong teams like Chicago and St. Louis, they don’t have many “layups” left. Playoff hopes-wise, the weakest teams they face are Nashville, Carolina and the Islanders (teams that could be a problem on the right/wrong nights). In other words, Capitals fans might want to buckle up for a roller coaster finish.

  1. blomfeld - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    SPASIBA !

    As much as I’ve always enjoyed teasing Ovi, tonight I tip my hat to the man with heartfelt thanks. Those OC quacks have been ‘dealt with’ in no uncertain terms, which in turn keeps alive the possibility that we Kings will be crowned Pacific Division Champions after all ! Who would’ve thought eh ? So thanks again tovarisch Ovi ! :)

    *** special ‘thank you’ video for Ovi and all Capital friends ***

    • babykaby - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:03 AM

      Dumfeld, just curious, do you have any life at all? I really feel sorry for you. Turn off the pc and go out and get some fresh air every now and then, you’ll feel better.

  2. sjsharks66 - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    If he lives in LA there is no such thing as fresh air.

  3. bmoreredfury311 - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Was pretty surprised to wake up and see a win, in regulation at that. Of course Matty P scores a goal against his ex-team, but what else is new. What i could see from the highlights. It looks like once again, that third line of Wardo, Chim and Fehrs is the best line for the Caps. I wish the whole team could play like them. Hope this win sets the tune, for the rest of the west coast trip. GO CAPS! one can dream.

  4. rockthered1286 - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Let it be known: Ovechkin finished EVEN. So yanno… Not on the negative side of things again. And for all of his accusers saying how terrible he is (because apparently +/- is the end all be all of stats) did you know the best rating on the team is a +4??? That’s it. So clearly it’s a team issue not necessarily an individual player. Enjoy.

    • enollatsknarf - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      LOL.

      Keep comparing Ovi to the rest of the team…. He is -12 worse off than anyone else. Just unlucky…right…

      Say what you want, but he is not a good 5 vs 5 player.

      Let it be known: for the salary he makes you can keep Ovi. You’ll never win a cup until he changes his game.

  5. blues1988 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    really happy halak got out of buffalo and is playing well for the caps!

  6. gambloduck - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Halak had a bull’s eye in the MIDDLE of his chest all night , as the Ducks “vanilla game” showed up last night as well as a few others . No feinting of shots, no shot passes , and worst of all no blocking out the sun by TWO players in the net front on a minute fifty TWO man advantage . Just no intelligence on the ice .

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