Things are trending upwards for the Washington Capitals of late and Alex Ovechkin is on a roll.
Ovechkin attempts to extend his points streak to nine games and Washington seeks its fourth consecutive win on Sunday afternoon when it visits the New York Rangers.
Ovechkin scored his 45th goal in the third period of Friday's 3-1 win over the New York Islanders in Long Island and reached 45 goals for the 10th time, more than any player in NHL history. During his second-longest points streak of the season, Ovechkin has totaled seven goals and four assists, and his goal capped a night when the Capitals scored all their goals in the third period.
"That's a big step in the overall growth of our game, to not start to look to cheat for offense or any of those things," Washington coach Todd Reirden said. "We spent a ton of time in the offensive zone and carried the play, and eventually we were going to earn some power plays -- a power play -- and be able to convert on some chances. It's an important team win for us."
The Capitals also are 6-2 during Ovechkin's streak and 10-4-1 in their last 15 games since a seven-game skid Jan. 12-23. During its three-game streak, the Capitals have 16 goals and 11 different players have scored.
"You can see that everybody right now play well and play hard because we know that at this time of year, everybody have to step up and play the same way like we did last year," Ovechkin said. "We have experience that helps us, and we're growing up as a group." >> Read more
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