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Open thread: Capitals vs. Bruins


(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

 

Heading into the Washington Capitals’ regular season finale Saturday night, Alex Ovechkin is the NHL’s leading goal scorer by three and the star winger would certainly welcome another Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy.

“Of course when you didn’t win two years, three years, and you’re coming back, of course you wanna win it,” Ovechkin said. “So there’s one game and left and we’ll see what’s gonna happen.”

Ovechkin sits with 32 goals, three more than Steven Stamkos, whose Tampa Bay Lightning faces the Florida in their final game of the season. Should Ovechkin win the Richard Trophy, which was first awarded after the 1998-99 season, he would be the first player to claim it three times.

Given that Saturday’s tilt against the Boston Bruins has little at stake for the Capitals, who have locked up the third seed in the Eastern Conference and are simply awaiting their first-round opponent, it’s possible that Ovechkin’s linemates will look to help him boost that goal total.

“One game left. [Up] three goals,” Ovechkin said. “If he score three, it’s gonna be good. But I’m gonna try to score today too.”

Faceoff: 7 p.m. Verizon Center | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7

Here’s what the Capitals’ lineup should look like:

Forwards
Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin
Erat-Ribeiro-Brouwer
Chimera-Perreault-Fehr
Volpatti-Hendricks-Beagle

Defense
Alzner-Green
Erskine-Carlson
Hillen-Oleksy

Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth.

Scratches: Brooks Laich (groin), Joel Ward (left knee contusion), Jeff Schultz and Wojtek Wolski.
IR: Tom Poti.

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