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Ovechkin gets a pair, pulls even with Steen for NHL goal lead as Capitals top Blues 4-1

Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 8:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Ovechkin gets a pair, pulls even with Steen for NHL goal lead as Capitals top Blues 4-1

WASHINGTON - Alex Ovechkin won the head-to-head matchup between the NHL's two leading goal scorers Sunday, getting a pair in the first period to move into a tie with Alexander Steen in the Washington Capitals' 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Ovechkin's 16th and 17th goals led the Capitals to their third straight win and seventh in nine games. Mikhail Grabovski and John Carlson also scored for Washington, Nicklas Backstrom had three assists, and Braden Holtby made 46 saves.

Ovechkin and Steen are two of the NHL's hottest forwards playing for two of the league's hottest teams, but the Capitals cruised after dominating early, scoring on three of their first six shots against Jaroslav Halak.

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