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During Sunday’s World Championships game between Germany and Russia, Alex Ovechkin was injured. Ovechkin’s right knee collided with a German player on open ice, sending Ovechkin flying.

The injury appears significant.

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Marcus Johansson: 2013-14 Season Review

Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn

Marcus Johansson played on the top line with Alex Ovechkin pretty much all season but scored just two goals during 5v5. I bet you could score three.

By the Numbers

80 Games played
17.1 Average time on ice per game
8 Goals
36 Assists
48.3% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
41.7% Goal percentage during 5v5
7.1% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
91.4% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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Braden Holtby: 2013-14 Season Review

The once and future franchise goalie, Braden Holtby might’ve suffered the Oates Effect worse than anyone else. But doesn’t that mean he’ll rebound higher than anyone else next season? Yes. Yes, it does. I think.

By the Numbers

48 Games played
93.0% 5v5 save percentage
1107 5v5 shots faced
2.8 Goal support per sixty minutes
86.8% Shorthanded save percentage
235 Shots faced while shorthanded

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Jack Hillen: 2013-14 Season Review

Glass Jack Hillen had another short season. He might be a good hockey player, but we just don’t know.

By the Numbers

13 Games played
17.8 Average time on ice per game
0 Goals
1 Assists
42.9% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
22.2% Goal percentage during 5v5
2.4% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
94.3% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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The home team led their lower-seeded opponent three games to one. Then the goalie got hot.

In those final games, the opposing goalie put up a brick wall and his defense kept shots to the outside. Despite a massive advantage in possession, the home team– a favorite to win the Cup– lost game seven.

Despair reigned. The team’s star, an exemplar of offense, failed to score when it counted most. The team’s goalie looked manifestly flawed.

So the team looked inward. Where did we go wrong? Is this the wrong way to play? Who do we blame?

All the eyes turned to the coach.

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Philipp Grubauer: 2013-14 Season Review

Photo credit: Kim Klement

At the beginning of December, Bears goalie Philipp Grubauer sunk his German claws into the Caps’ number-one spot and didn’t let go until the new year.

By the Numbers

12 Games played
92.6% 5v5 save percentage
352 5v5 shots faced
2.5 Goal support per sixty minutes
95.7% Shorthanded save percentage
70 Shots faced while shorthanded

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Mike Green: 2013-14 Season Review

Oh boy. Mike Green. Is there any more polarizing figure to Caps fans? Is he too soft for the NHL? Is Muscle Milk any good?

The answer to all three questions is No. I think.

By the Numbers

70 Games played
22.2 Average time on ice per game
9 Goals
29 Assists
51.7% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
44.8% Goal percentage during 5v5
6.9% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
91.4% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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Mikhail Grabovski: 2013-14 Season Review

Yesterday was Fehr and today it’s Grabo! What is this– my birthday?! No, it’s not my birthday; you people actually showed up this time.

Mikhail Grabovski is awesome and played awesome. Then he got hurt, which was not awesome. But then he came back– and before you think that’s awesome, lemme stop you right there. It was not.

By the Numbers

58 Games played
15.4 Average time on ice per game
13 Goals
22 Assists
51.0% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
56.5% Goal percentage during 5v5
8.9% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
93.4% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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Eric Fehr: 2013-14 Season Review

I want people to see him walk down the street and say ‘there goes Eric Fehr, the best outdoor scorer there ever was’ (Photo: Jamie Sabau)

Eric Fehr is the best. He makes everything better. He’s like bacon. He’s the bacon of hockey players. If you don’t like bacon or Eric Fehr, you must have some kind of moral stance against awesome. That’s fine. It’s your call and I respect that, but you’re missing out. Bacon and Eric Fehr are awesome.

By the Numbers

73 Games played
14.4 Average time on ice per game
13 Goals
18 Assists
49.0% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
48.6% Goal percentage during 5v5
7.9% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
92.3% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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Photo: Bruce Bennett

With George McPhee out, the Capitals have a vacancy at the GM slot. But all the buzz in recent days has been about a position higher than that: the newfangled President of Hockey Operations, which sounds to me like general manager, but what do I know?

I’m sure you’ve heard the scuttlebutt. Word on the street is the Caps might bring in one of the biggest names in sports to become the big boss in Arlington. A real pro star, if you catch my drift.

I’m here to say that’s a real good idea. Actually, it’s a great one.

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