Alexander Ovechkin

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In Scary Fight, NHL Superstar Knocks Out Rookie

Andrei Svechnikov, 19, did not return to the game after bout with Alexander Ovechkin, 33

(Newser) - NHL superstar Alexander Ovechkin is used to making headlines in the playoffs, but not like this. The 33-year-old captain of the Washington Capitals got into a scary fight with 19-year-old rookie Andrei Svechnikov of the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, and Ovechkin knocked the teen woozy with a flurry of punches... More »

Sochi's Olympic Flame Lit —With the Sun

Torch begins 40K-mile trek to Russia's Winter Olympics

(Newser) - The sun's rays were harnessed today to spark the flame that will travel some 40,000 miles to kick off Sochi's 2014 Olympic Games, reports the BBC , in a ceremony held in Olympus, Greece. The flame first passed to Russian hockey sensation Aleksandr Ovechkin, who carried the torch... More »

In OT of Game 7, Lupul Lifts Flyers

Philadelphia will face Montreal in Round 2 after 3-2 win

(Newser) - The Philadelphia Flyers finally figured out how to put away the Washington Capitals. Joffrey Lupul put in a rebound during a power play 6:06 into overtime in Game 7 to lift Philadelphia past Alex Ovechkin and Washington 3-2 on Tuesday night in their Eastern Conference first-round series. More »

Ovechkin Forces Game 7

Capitals get two third-period goals from superstar to beat Flyers 4-2

(Newser) - Alex Ovechkin truly was "Alexander the Great" with the Washington Capitals' season on the line. Held without a goal for four straight games, Ovechkin scored twice in the third period to lift the Capitals to a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers and send the series back to Washington... More »

Flyers Take 2-1 Series Lead

Briere scores twice in 6-3 walloping of Capitals

(Newser) - Danny Briere's so-so first season in Philadelphia has turned sensational in the playoffs. Briere has played more like the league's top player than likely MVP Alex Ovechkin, scoring two more goals with an assist, leading the Flyers to a 6-3 victory over the Washington Captials in Game 3 of the... More »

Ovechkin's Goal Leads Caps to Game 1 Win

League's top scorer starts Washington's third-period rally

(Newser) - Held without a shot until late in the third period, Alex Ovechkin stole the puck and netted the tiebreaking goal with 4 1/2 minutes remaining, leading the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round series Friday. Ovechkin also set... More »

Ovechkin Scores 64th, 65th in Caps' Win

Capitals left wing breaks NHL record in 4-1 triumph

(Newser) - Alex Ovechkin's record-setting goal was scored in such close quarters that it took some 20 minutes and a host of replay angles before he got credit for it. He left no doubt when he scored again, unleashing a blistering shot that put the Washington Capitals one step closer to the... More »

Devils Best Islanders, Clinch Playoff Berth

Ovechkin, Caps top 'Canes, Panthers take down Thrashers

(Newser) - Zach Parise’s goal 29 seconds into overtime gave New Jersey a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders and also clinched a playoff spot for the Devils. New Jersey has a two point lead on the New York Rangers for fourth place and can still win the Atlantic Division;... More »

Backup Goalie, Blue Jackets Put Out Flames 3-0

Blues snap road slide against Habs 4-3, Caps best Preds 4-2

(Newser) - The Columbus Blue Jackets’ backup net minder Fredrik Norrena stopped 18 shots en route to his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over the Calgary Flames. Manny Malhotra led Columbus with two goals, his second such effort in as many games. Rick Nash added a goal and... More »

Leafs Best Flyers, Gain on Playoffs

Ovechkin scores 2 in Caps win, Lightning back in playoff hunt with victory

(Newser) - Three different Maple Leafs scored in their sorely-needed 3-2 victory over the Flyers; Toronto trails Philadelphia by five points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With just 10 games remaining that gap will be tough to close, especially if captain Mats Sundin’s first-period groin... More »

Red Wings Make St. Louis Sing the Blues

'Canes top Thrashers, Ovechkin nets 2 in Caps win over Sabres

(Newser) - Pavel Datsyuk had two goals in Detroit’s 4-1 victory over St. Louis. It was the second straight victory for the Red Wings, after emerging from a 1-8-2 stretch. Despite those struggles, Detroit still has a comfortable lead for the top spot in the Western Conference. Conversely, St. Louis is... More »

Ovechkin Gets Nos. 50, 51, 52 as Caps Win Big

Washington stays in playoff hunt with 10-2 pasting of Boston

(Newser) - Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau blasted his players for lack of effort after losing to Toronto Saturday. The message got through, as his team scored six times in the first period and cruised to a 10-2 rout of the Boston Bruins tonight. Alexander Ovechkin led the onslaught with a hat... More »

Hurricanes Blast Past Capitals

Carolina collects more than 40 shots for the third straight game

(Newser) - The Carolina Hurricanes won at home for the sixth time in seven games and cracked the 40-shot barrier for the third straight game in a 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals last night, reports the Associated Press. Matt Cullen scored twice and Eric Staal had the go-ahead score in the... More »

Devils Skate Past Senators 3-2 in OT

Thrashers best Capitals 3-2 in shootout, Blackhawks rout Blue Jackets 7-2

(Newser) - Martin Gerber stopped 28 shots for the Senators, including a John Madden breakaway as the third period wound down, but it wasn’t enough as Ottawa fell 3-2 to New Jersey in overtime. Brian Gionta scored on a rebound about halfway through the extra period to give the Devils their... More »

Ducks Love NY (and NJ) After Beating Devils

Carolina and Boston also notch one-goal wins on the road

(Newser) - The way it's going, the defending Cup champions may request more trips east as Anaheim completed the NYC-area sweep with a 2-1 win over Martin Brodeur and New Jersey. Ryan Carter, having an up-and-down season, notched his first two NHL goals while former Devil Scott Niedermayer won in his first... More »

Sundin the Late Hero for Leafs

Breaks tie with seconds left in third to give Toronto the victory

(Newser) - Veteran Swede Mats Sundin scored with a mere 29 seconds left in regulation last night, earning the Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory over the Capitals, the AP reports. The goal, Sundin's 21st of the season, came as trade rumors swirled around him, and lent some light to a franchise benighted... More »

Caps Edge Penguins in Wild One

Ovechkin, Malkin square off in high-scoring affair

(Newser) - Washington continued to play improved hockey, passing the .500 mark, as it took advantage of the absence of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby in posting a 6-5 win in a shootout. Russian stars Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin went 1-2 in the 2004 NHL draft and it showed tonight as each... More »

Habs Best Road-Weary Islanders 3-1

Ovechkin, Capitals take down Sens, Blue Jackets skate past Canucks

(Newser) - Tomas Plekanec netted two goals for the Montreal Canadiens to help the Habs beat the New York Islanders 3-1 at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders had just returned from a successful 2-1-2 road trip but look sluggish on their home ice; Cristobal Huet needed to stop only 17 shots to... More »

Flyers Skate Past Capitals

Knuble, Timonen lead six-goal outburst by Philly

(Newser) - Considering they were playing their third game in four nights and the Washington Capitals had played once in a week, one might think Philadelphia would struggle - and they  did early on. But the Flyers came around quickly, found their scoring touch, and won the game 6-4. Mike Knuble led... More »

Thomas, Chara Lead Bruins Over Caps 2-0

Panthers nip Islanders, Canadiens torch Lightning

(Newser) - Tim Thomas blanked the opposition for the first time this season and fifth time in his career, stopping all 31 Washington shots in a 2-0 home victory. Zdeno Chara had an assist and the insurance goal, and the Boston defense muffled formerly red-hot Alexander Ovechkin, halting his seven-game scoring streak.... More »

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