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Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 02/22/2011

Alex Ovechkin records third goal in four games

By Katie Carrera

Marcus Johansson's pass was simple enough yet perfectly timed late in the second period against Pittsburgh Monday night. He gained possession of a rebound, saw Alex Ovechkin entering the offensive zone and sent the puck in the direction of the Capitals' star left wing.

Ovechkin knew the pass was coming and had plenty of time to wait and wind up for a blistering slap shot that Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury hardly had a chance to stop. It was Ovechkin's fifth power-play goal of the season, all of which have come on the road, and the only goal in the Capitals' 1-0 win over the Penguins.

"Marcus gave me a pretty good pass," Ovechkin said, "and I have lots of time to see what was going to happen and I just fired."

It may also be another sign that Ovechkin may be gradually regaining his form as it counted as his sixth point, and third goal, in the past four games.

"That's what he does, and that's what he wasn't doing in the first 45-50 games," Coach Bruce Boudreau said of Ovechkin's goal. "He wasn't getting his shot off and it didn't seem to have the mustard -- I didn't even see it in the replay at all. He's been playing like that for the last two weeks and being a real leader."

By Katie Carrera  | February 22, 2011; 11:13 AM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Pittsburgh Penguins  
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Comments

That's awesome! Note BB says he's a "real leader" - who will disagree? C'mon, who?

Posted by: CAP-lanta | February 22, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

One thing for sure, the MaJo pass was way better than the carlson pass ealier on the PP which almost led to a Pens goal.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 22, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Everyone in the East is loading up...GMGM, let's go! WTF?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 22, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Going back to Alzner's quote about being outworked (again) I can't understand how these players keep repeating the same mistakes. Working hard doesn't involve anything but the motivation of individual players. It doesn't have anything to do with coach, GM or the owner. Some will say the coach has to mentally prepare the players before games but if you can't get up to play the Pens, get into the playoffs or win the Cup by yourself, I'm not sure how anyone can help you.

Also, and I'm sorry to say this because I do like the guy, Semin is worthless on most nights. I don't think there is anyone else on the ice more lacadaisical than him. He continually loses the puck, gets outworked along the boards and tries toe drags around people and turns the puck over. I really wish he would get his head out of his a$$ but I think this is just the type of player he is...brilliant one night, detriment to the team on most nights.

Posted by: Moose33 | February 22, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I have to think GMGM is not happy with Backstrom this morning when you think about it. The fact he told media about his injury will make other GM's drive the price up for their C's went talking to McPhee.

Posted by: ThePat | February 22, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

that should read when talking to McPhee

Posted by: ThePat | February 22, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin, leader...hahahahhahaha...

Maybe on the road where there is curfews, but not at home where he get's his nights out...

In any event, I am very happy Ovechkin has found the scoresheet again...AND the Caps are winning...

And Backstrom? Ya, they'll miss him, but if the Caps get the right Center in a trade, they could get better with Backstrom out (and resting).

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 22, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

cstanton1, you dont know any more about hockey than the Mexicans who cut my neighbor's yard, so just sit back and watch and let the season play out.

Posted by: opticlguy | February 22, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

cstanton has forgotten more about hockey than you'll ever know in the first place, opticlguy

@Cap-lanta.......I disagree. How does scoring a few goals (as expected w/a $100+million contract) translate into being a "real leader"? The team named Ovi captain when they did because it was important for his psyche to be on par with Crosby...we could do better in the captains role for sure, though that'll never change

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 22, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

ThePat...

I agree with you. Backstrom has been all about himself this year. Skates hard whenever he wants to...and has been very lazy...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 22, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

George McPhee at Trade Deadline = Deer in Headlights

Posted by: underpants2 | February 22, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

@SoaringCaps

Definitely didnt mean it like that. Just in this instance.

Posted by: ThePat | February 22, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

@Vermont

I agree Ovie's having an off year but he's done more than just score a "few" goals recently. He's SIXTH in the league in hits. How many goal scorers do that? He can set the tone with his physical play - that's leadership. And remember, he stills leads this team in goals and points (and is 9th in the league in total points, after all, despite the season long slump). Laich might make a great "C" too but a few years down the road he might end up like Chris Clark did - still our captain but playing like c***. That got pretty awkward. I don't think that will happen with Ovie - even in an off year.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | February 22, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The Pat- I agree. With Backstrom's injury, Eakin, Kunetsov, 2011 1st and 2012 1st just went out the door for someone like Arnott. Or maybe GMGM will be stubborn and just bring up Keith Aucoin for the next month.

Posted by: ablake70 | February 22, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

The Pat- I agree. With Backstrom's injury, Eakin, Kunetsov, 2011 1st and 2012 1st just went out the door for someone like Arnott. Or maybe GMGM will be stubborn and just bring up Keith Aucoin for the next month.

Posted by: ablake70 | February 22, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

If NJ gets an offer of even one 1st for Arnott they will have to change pants.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 22, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

does anyone know when fehr will play. why take him on the road trip

Posted by: samb99 | February 22, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

So...@ThePat...heard any more mumblings??? 6 days left and counting.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 22, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Guerin was only worth a 3rd back in 09.

Guerin then > Arnott now.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 22, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

@SOTI

Nope. Sorry. I imagine this Backstrom injury changes some stuff if its serious. But I believe McPhee and the scouts have been in lock down mode since Saturday.

I always figured something would happen tomorrow. With all the action last week though it might slide until this weekend or even Monday.

Posted by: ThePat | February 22, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

icehammer97-

So you're saying only Eakin, Kunetsov and 2011 1st for Arnott? Just exaggerating, but with the Caps lack of center depth, the other GMs will probably look for a huge overpayment.

Posted by: ablake70 | February 22, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"So you're saying only Eakin, Kunetsov and 2011 1st for Arnott?" - ablake

Eakin, Kunetsov and 2011 1st would be enough to land us Richards.

Tyler Sloan and a pack of nachos would be enough to land Arnott. And that IS overpayment. The current guess is Arnott goes for a 2nd.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 22, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Tyler Sloan and a pack of nachos would be enough to land Arnott. And that IS overpayment. The current guess is Arnott goes for a 2nd.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce

If the Devils were willing to take Sloan off our hands, the Caps would definitely have to add.

Posted by: ablake70 | February 22, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Tyler Sloan and a pack of nachos would be enough to land Arnott. And that IS overpayment. The current guess is Arnott goes for a 2nd.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 22, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Actually that would be a great deal for us because it would get rid of Sloan's contract for next year so we might actually get a defensman since we currenly have 6 now with Alzner still to resign making 7. Don't know if we will carry 8 D again next year.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 22, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I would even do our 1st and Poti for Arnott. We overpay for Arnott but get rid of the worst contract on our team making it worth the overpay.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 22, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Tyler Sloan and a pack of nachos would be enough to land Arnott. And that IS overpayment. The current guess is Arnott goes for a 2nd.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 22, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Actually that would be a great deal for us because it would get rid of Sloan's contract for next year so we might actually get a defensman since we currenly have 6 now with Alzner still to resign making 7. Don't know if we will carry 8 D again next year.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 22, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

And again yet another reason Poti's extension was such a bad move

Posted by: bqts | February 22, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Icehammer - We all know that poti's supple loins not be able to handle the rigor of a full NHL season. With him on the payroll, 8 will be the norm.

Posted by: chatton | February 22, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Eakin, Kuznetsov, and 1st round picks are off the board as far as I'm concerned. If Nicky is only out a few games Aucoin or Pinizzotto can temporarily fill the void. No need to rush into anything. GMGM is on top of things. Kaberle was the best "rental" available to this point. The asking price was too high. I'm glad the Caps aren't stuck with any of the guys who have been trade so far.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 22, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The Caps need a #2Center! Nicky out for any length of time makes it hard for this team to make up ground in the SE, much less progress in the playoffs!

Posted by: FrankM73 | February 22, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Sloan's extension is far worse than Poti's. GMGM overpaid (as usual) but Poti is a puck mover who can play in all situations, provide some offense and was great covering for Carlson in his first playoff series. Poti is far from a great defensemen, but he's not the worst on the team.

Sloan, on the other hand, is just useless. He should have been sent to Hershey in October 2009. Remember when the Caps didn't have enough cap room to keep Bourque due to the Nylander situation, yet kept Sloan as the 8th defensemen? Yeah, that guy is definitely someone's illegitimate son.

Posted by: ablake70 | February 22, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

@ ablake70

Poti maybe a puck mover but where is he? What has he done this season? What has he done to justify his extension?

I am not trying to defend Esskay, NEVER. I along with SAOTI have long been supporters of him being a bad move, I think even the hot dog vendors are tired of him too.

Posted by: bqts | February 22, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

bqts

Poti is injured, just like Oshie was for most of the season, Parisse, Crosby, Fehr, now Duchene and Richards. Injuries happen in this game. It's not like GMGM gave him an extension after he suffered his (apparently) season ending injury.

With guys like Schultz, Erskine, and Hannan, this team desperately needs a guy with Poti's skating ability and offense. I didn't like the Poti extension because it's too much money and I don't believe a GM should keep bringing back the exact same team that fails to win the Cup. A healthy Poti fills a need for this team. A healthy Sloan just fills space and for that he got a 2 year extension for $700,000 per?

Posted by: ablake70 | February 22, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

@opticlguy

Those Mexicans are from Central America. Mexican illegals don't live here.

You're probably as "aware" of what is going on at the rink, as you are of what's going on in your own neighborhood.

May be you need your eyes checked by an Ophthalmologist M.D., not some "lens flipper" around the corner from K-mart.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 22, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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