“I saw it leave his stick and then all I heard was ‘poof’ when it hit the padding at the back of the net. He can rifle it. I’d have to say he’s my new pick for the hardest shot in the league.” — Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, on Alex Ovechkin’s game-tying goal in the second period.


--Here’s the recap from Washington’s eventual 3-2 loss, which snapped a nine-game streak.

--Comparing two world-class hockey players. (NHL.com)

--Are NHL GMs moving in the right direction when it comes to preventing concussions? (NY Times)

--The latest Caps-related rap is below. (Excerpt: “I’m wearin’ shades of red you ain’t even heard of, G.” Really.)

--The Capitals aren’t practicing today, but this blog will still be updated, so stay tuned.