With his goal against the Hurricanes Friday night, Alex Ovechkin extended his personal point streak to seven games, which is precisely as long as the Capitals’ current mark of consecutive wins. He has four goals and seven assists in that span and is one game shy of matching his season-longest points stretch of eight games, which came between Oct. 27-Nov.11.
”It was an important goal for us,” Ovechkin said of his tally 47 seconds into the third period against Carolina that tied the game at 1-1. “It was kind of a good shot and it was the end of the shift and I just try to shoot the puck and go change.”
With 73 points, Ovechkin is ranked fifth in the NHL but he is within striking distance of the leaders despite being on pace for a career low 86 points.
All told, Ovechkin only took one the one shot on goal against the Hurricanes (two more missed the target and two others were blocked) in his season-low of ice time at 16:07. The small time on ice may be a partial reflection of the larger number of penalty kills versus power plays for the Capitals against Carolina, but with no forward playing over 18 minutes it’s also a product of Coach Bruce Boudreau rolling all four of his lines consistently Friday night.
--The Capitals claimed their seventh straight win, making their current streak the longest of the season, with a 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes Friday night. Matt Hendricks scored the game-winner on a hustle play that’s hard not to appreciate.
--The Globe and Mail has a plethora of coverage about the rising number of head injuries and simple violence in hockey, including this column by Ken Dryden that’s definitely worth a read.
--Would the NHL ever get so violent fans would start turning away from the sport? [Puck Daddy]
--Did you miss Jason Arnott’s radio interview on 106.7 The Fan earlier this week? Dan Steinberg has you covered with a transcription of his comments.