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Alexander Ovechkin

Thanks to tiebreakers, the Devils are still in the No. 7 spot, but the Islanders and Rangers are catching up fast.

The Caps, keyed by Alexander Ovechkin's three-point game, crept to within three points of the eighth spot, and are only two points back of No. 3 Winnipeg for the Southeast Division lead.

Tags: Alexander Ovechkin, Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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Postgame Links: NHL.com recap

The Devils simply do not give Johan Hedberg help.

Hedberg fell to 2-2-1 this season, as New Jersey surrendered four third-period goals in its 5-1 loss to the Caps on Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center.

Tags: Alexander Ovechkin, Andrei Loktionov, Braden Holtby, Eric Fehr, Ilya Kovalchuk, Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils, penalty kill, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Steve Bernier, Troy Brouwer, Verizon Center, Washington Capitals
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When the New Jersey Devils traded for Ilya Kovalchuk about three years ago, I thought they were simply getting a goal scorer.

Who knew the Devils were actually getting a thoroughbred.

Ilya Kovalchuk's game has rounded out immensely since his 2010 trade from Atlanta.

Tags: Alexander Ovechkin, Analysis, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jacques Lemaire, New Jersey Devils, Peter DeBoer, Editorial Aside
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