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Spotlight: Alex Ovechkin

Behind The Numbers

Assembling best power-play unit in NHL

Ovechkin, Shattenkirk would be included in elite five-man group, statistics show

by Rob Vollman / Correspondent

What is the best possible five-man power-play unit that could be assembled from active NHL players? We answered that question, building a unit based on each player's underlying numbers.

All statistics are in 5-on-4 situations only, sourced from, and calculated over the past three seasons. Any rankings include only players who have played at least 300 minutes over that span.

Here is our top power-play unit:

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Short Shifts

#TBT: Alex Ovechkin once sang his heart out in a commercial

Capitals star didn't shy away from the mic in famous car ad @NHL

Alex Ovechkin probably didn't need to hire entertainment for his lavish wedding this month. He could have just performed the Eastern Motors jingle for guests.

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Short Shifts

Alex Ovechkin, Nastasiya Ovechkina throw glamorous wedding in Russia

Capitals captain, wife were married in August 2016, have big party one year later @NHL

A year after getting married, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and Nastasiya Ovechkina threw a lavish wedding Saturday near Moscow, Russia, with family and many famous friends in attendance.

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Trade of Alex Ovechkin not ruled out by Capitals

GM Brian MacLellan says deal highly unlikely, not impossible after playoff loss to Penguins

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin will remain captain of the Washington Capitals and Barry Trotz will be their coach heading into next season, though general manager Brian MacLellan made it clear Tuesday he's not entirely happy with either one.

Though it remains highly unlikely, MacLellan didn't completely rule out trading Ovechkin while he searches for answers to the Capitals' repeated failures in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, Ovechkin has four seasons left on a contract that includes a limited no-trade clause, according to, and any trade would likely have to be approved by Washington owner Ted Leonsis.

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NHL Insider

Alex Ovechkin concedes he must make changes for Capitals

After playoff disappointment, could have new role, routine

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- What's next for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals is difficult to answer. 

Ovechkin will turn 32 on Sept. 17, and the reality that he's nearing the end of his prime without a Stanley Cup championship and his role is changing is setting in.

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Alex Ovechkin of Capitals played through knee, hamstring injuries

Washington captain said surgery won't be required

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin confirmed Friday he was playing through knee and hamstring injuries during the Stanley Cup Playoffs but said he will not need surgery during the offseason.

Ovechkin injured his left knee on a low hip check from Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri in the first period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round. Ovechkin was helped off the ice but returned to play at the start of the second period and did not miss any games.

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NHL LiveWire: Penguins at Capitals, Game 7

Pittsburgh's Bryan Rust, Washington's Alex Ovechkin mic'd up in Eastern Conference Second Round @NHL

NHL LiveWire: PIT vs. WSH, Gm7

Penguins, Capitals mic'd up for do-or-die Game 7

Listen in as the Penguins vanquish the Capitals in Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference Final

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Each night through the second round, NHL LiveWire will take fans inside the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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NHL Insider

Capitals at crossroads following latest playoff loss

Face uncertain future with Alex Ovechkin, coach Barry Trotz after falling short of expectations again

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals have reached an organizational crossroads, and left wing Alex Ovechkin and coach Barry Trotz are standing in the middle.

The Capitals fell well short of their expectations again by losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Second Round, ending with a disheartening 2-0 loss in Game 7 on Wednesday. Now they face an uncertain future.

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World Championship

Alex Ovechkin of Capitals won't play in World Championship

Forward has lower-body injury, Russian Hockey Federation says

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / Staff Writer

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin will not join Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Championship because of a lower-body injury, the Russian Hockey Federation said Thursday.

"During a conversation with coaches, Alexander Ovechkin stated that he is ready to join the team immediately as he always does, but doesn't want to let the team down because he finished the NHL playoffs on pain numbing injections," the federation said in a statement.

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Round 2

Matchup: Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin, Game 7

Penguins center has assist on winning goal; Capitals left wing minus-2 with four shots in loss

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @Cotsonika / Columnist

WASHINGTON -- The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Verizon Center on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh will play the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Final.

Here is a breakdown of the matchup within the matchup between Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin:

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