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Capitals' Ovechkin back vs. Canadiens

Saturday, 01.25.2014 / 7:11 PM

By Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Capitals' Ovechkin back vs. Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin returned to the lineup Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens after missing two games with a lower-body injury.

Ovechkin missed a 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators at home Tuesday and a 2-1 loss at the New Jersey Devils on Friday. Prior to being hurt Ovechkin had scored three goals in four games and four in his past six; his return should provide an offensive boost that is sorely needed by a team that has scored six even-strength goals over a seven-game losing streak (0-5-2).

However, coach Adam Oates doesn't want his team looking to Ovechkin to single-handedly solve all of their scoring troubles.

"You can't have it that way," Oates said. "Obviously, the focus will be that he'll come and save- the-day type of thing because he's a scorer, which he is. We know that. But the team has to find other ways to score. …The team has to play like a team first."

Although Ovechkin is returning, Oates is without another key offensive player with center Mikhail Grabovski sitting out the game against the Canadiens. Grabovski got tangled up with Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador in front of the New Jersey net midway through the second period Friday and left the ice limping, putting very little weight on his left leg.

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Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.

— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals