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In the Capitals’ 7-1 loss to Toronto Saturday night, Ovechkin was a non-factor and finished with a minus-3 rating. He didn’t attempt a shot on goal until 28 minutes and 42 seconds had elapsed — by then the Leafs led 4-1. He finished with eight shots on goal but it was a hollow statistic.

“Right now every goalie against us play great,” Ovechkin said afterward. “We have opportunity to score goals, we didn’t score. We just have to fight through that. It’s hard but we have to forget this game and be ready for tomorrow.

“Right now, nobody can score and we just frustrated. When we have opportunity to shoot it we’re squeezing sticks too hard,” he continued. “It’s hard, it’s something when you have to fight with it and working more harder than you usually do.”