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Short Shifts

Ovechkin scores air hockey goal, banks one in off side boards

After Bruins pull goalie, Capitals captain puts one in from way out

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Ovechkin's odd empty-netter

WSH@BOS: Ovechkin banks in an empty-net goal

Alex Ovechkin gets the puck along the wing and banks it in off the end boards from his own zone, extending the Capitals' lead to 5-2

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Alex Ovechkin should know better. If you are going to bank it in, you have to call it.

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All-Star

McDavid maintains lead in NHL All-Star Fan Vote

Oilers center, Stamkos, Ovechkin, Subban remain atop division races to be named captain; balloting continues through Jan. 1

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Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid remains the leader in fan voting through Wednesday for captains in the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Jan. 28.

The top player in fan voting in each division through Jan. 1 will be named an All-Star captain. 

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game recap

Halak, Islanders defeat Capitals, end three-game losing streak

Goalie makes 31 saves, Ladd, Tavares score 58 seconds apart in second period

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Andrew Ladd and John Tavares scored 58 seconds apart in the second period, and Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves to help the New York Islanders to a 3-1 win against the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center on Monday.

Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders (17-10-3), who returned home after a 1-2-1 road trip and ended a three-game losing streak.

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NHL Insider

Ovechkin, Backstrom leading charge for Capitals

Washington back in business after reuniting forwards on top line

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin's first order of business Wednesday was to help Nicklas Backstrom get a goal.

It usually works the other way around for the Washington Capitals with Backstrom, the playmaking center, setting up Ovechkin, the left wing, for the goals. But with Backstrom mired in a 21-game goal drought, Ovechkin and right wing Tom Wilson had a chat before the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Capital One Arena and said, "Let's set up Backy."

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game recap

Ovechkin, Capitals overwhelm Blackhawks

Forward has goal, three assists to hand Chicago fifth straight loss

by Brian McNally / NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin scored for the eighth time in seven games, Nicklas Backstrom ended a 21-game streak without a goal, and the Washington Capitals defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 at Capital One Arena on Wednesday.

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All-Star

McDavid first in NHL All-Star Fan Vote

Oilers center joins Stamkos, Ovechkin, Subban atop division races to be named captain; balloting continues through Jan. 1

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Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos are the leaders in the fan vote through Wednesday for captains in the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game, set for Amalie Arena in Tampa on Jan. 28.

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game preview

Blackhawks at Capitals preview

Chicago tries to end four-game losing streak; Ovechkin has seven goals in past six games for Washington

by Brian McNally / NHL.com Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (12-10-5) at CAPITALS (16-11-1)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Chicago Blackhawks will try to end a season-long four-game losing streak when they visit the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Wednesday.

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Over The Boards

Mailbag: Ovechkin's case for Rocket Richard Trophy

NHL.com's Dan Rosen answers weekly questions

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Here is the Dec. 6 edition of Dan Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run every Wednesday throughout the 2017-18 NHL season. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

 

Who is going to take home the Rocket Richard Trophy? Alex Ovechkin, Nikita Kucherov or somebody else? Ovechkin back to his dominance? -- @MeierGilles

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 Reasons to watch Blackhawks-Capitals

Chicago rookie DeBrincat, Washington forward Ovechkin each on scoring binge

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

The Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals have played each other almost to a draw in their first 95 games entering the Wednesday Night Rivalry game at Capital One Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).

Since the Capitals entered the NHL in 1974, each team has won 42 times, with the other 11 games ending in a tie. However, the Capitals have won the past six games in Washington, including a 3-2 victory in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park.

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game recap

Ovechkin moves up NHL goals list, Capitals top Sharks

Scores 578th of career to pass Recchi for 20th in League history; Oshie injured

by Brian McNally / NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin scored to move up the NHL all-time goals list and lift the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks at Capital One Arena on Monday.

He passed Mark Recchi for 20th when he scored the 578th goal of his career on a breakaway at 7:11 of the second period to put Washington ahead 2-0.

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