ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin is in the midst of a career renaissance that began late last season. He has scored 43 goals in his past 45 games, including an NHL-leading 20 so far this season (the first time in his nine-year career he has been the first player to reach that total) and three in his past three games.
The problem, however, is that those three goals are the only goals the Capitals have scored over that span.
Entering Washington's game against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, Ovechkin has accounted for 29.8 percent of his team's goals (20 of 67). As a point of reference, the NHL single-season record is 29.5 percent set by Pavel Bure in 2000-01 as a member of the Florida Panthers.
The rest of the Capitals forwards are fully aware they must help their captain.
"I think our line has had numerous chances," left wing Jason Chimera said in regards to the third line, comprised of himself, Brooks Laich and Joel Ward. "We've just got to put them in. Me myself, I've had a lot of chances in the past five games and put nothing in. You've got to make them go in."