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2/26/16 Wild vs. Capitals

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Ovechkin's 40th helps Capitals rally past Wild

Ties game early in third, Orlov scores game-winner

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- No matter how many goals Alex Ovechkin scores, his teammates still get a thrill out of watching him put the puck in the net.

That was the case Friday, when Ovechkin scored his League-leading 40th goal of the season and the Washington Capitals rallied to defeat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 at Verizon Center.

"That's just incredible," center Nicklas Backstrom said of Ovechkin, his longtime linemate. "He never stops impressing me. We're happy for him. He's a big key for this team, so hopefully he can just keep it going."

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Ovechkin reaches 40 goals for eighth time

Capitals forward scores in third period against Wild

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Ovechkin's 40th goal

MIN@WSH: Ovechkin ties the game on PPG in the 3rd

2/26/16: Alex Ovechkin waits in the left circle, then slams a one-timer on a pass from Matt Niskanen to tie the game at 2 in the 3rd period

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Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals scored his 40th goal of the season Friday to become the 10th player in NHL history to get 40 or more goals in at least eight seasons. 

Ovechkin scored a power-play goal 4:35 into the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Verizon Center, tying the game 2-2. Washington won 3-2.

"It means a lot," Ovechkin told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "It means I'm still on a good pace. Just have to [keep] working hard and keep going."

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Capitals' Ovechkin on cusp of 40-goal season

Washington tries to avoid consecutive regulation losses

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

WILD (27-24-10) at CAPITALS (44-11-4) 

TV: 7 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, CSN-DC, NHL.TV 

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will attempt to score 40 goals in a season for the eighth time in his career when the Capitals play the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

Ovechkin leads the NHL this season with 39 goals.

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