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Girardi carrying heavy load for depleted Rangers

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Defenseman Dan Girardi believes it's time for the New York Rangers to do a little soul searching.

The Rangers have lost four regulars on defense to either injury or suspension and two straight games entering their matchup against the offensively charged Detroit Red Wings in the "Wednesday Night Rivalry" game at Madison Square Garden (NBCSN, 8 p.m. ET).

Captain Ryan McDonagh (left shoulder separation) and Kevin Klein (foot contusion) were the latest to joinDan Boyle (broken hand) and John Moore (suspension) on the outside looking in.

"It's a big gut-check time for us moving forward with the guys we have out and with new guys coming in," Girardi said.

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Around the League notebook for Tuesday, Nov. 4

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 1:43 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

OVECHKIN BECOMES CAPITALS SCORING LEADER

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin's first of two assists (WATCH ) against Calgary gave him sole possession of first place on the franchise's all-time points list (428-399—826), surpassing Peter Bondra. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is one of 10 active players to hold a franchise scoring record. Of those 10 players, only five hold their current club's record: Ovechkin, Minnesota's Mikko Koivu (455 points), New Jersey's Patrik Elias (989), San Jose's Patrick Marleau (943) and Vancouver's Henrik Sedin (856).

"Congratulations to Alex Ovechkin on the outstanding achievement of becoming the leading scorer in Washington Capitals history,” said Wayne Gretzky. “He's a tremendous talent with many great years and achievements ahead of him."

* Ovechkin reached the milestone in his 691st career game, 270 fewer than Bondra (472-353—825 in 961 GP). He ranks ninth on the franchise list in games played.

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