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Unable to muster much offense during the first 35 minutes of the game, the Capitals finally woke from their slumber during four-on-four with the Wild (Thanks, Tom Wilson)!

Alex Ovechkin was of course the benefactor. He scored his 46th goal of the season on an impressive individual effort. Taking a pass from Karl Alzner in the defensive zone, Ovechkin turned on the afterburners in neutral and slung a low and hard shot toward Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk gave up a huge rebound off his pads, and Ovechkin beat him glove side.

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The Buffalo Sabres are the worst team in the league by a country mile, managing only 45 standings points in 69 games. But that doesn’t even begin to articulate just how stinky their eye-watering stank is.

Let’s use Alex Ovechkin as a comparison. He is one (1) hockey player. Before last night, the Russian machine, in some categories, had better offensive stats than the entire Buffalo Sabres line-up put together. That’s 18 hockey players, and our crazy, gray-haired Russian is better than all of them.

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When the Washington Capitals lost Nicklas Backstrom to injury for most of a season, they were a different team. The elbow to Backstrom’s head from Rene Bourque devastated the team.

So on Monday, when Sabres defenseman Mike Weber went to slam Nicky’s head against the boards (he missed), Caps captain Alex Ovechkin would have none of it.

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Shot Generation Is a Problem for Caps Forwards

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The Washington Capitals have one of the most prolific goal scorers in NHL history in Alex Ovechkin. One of the main ingredients in Ovechkin’s success is his ability to generate an insane amount of shots. Since entering the league, Ovechkin has 2252 shots on goal during 5v5 play, 553 more than the next player, Rick Nash. In terms of shot attempts, Ovechkin has 4326, which is 1,479 more than the next closest player. Here’s one stat I can’t wrap my mind around:

This season is no exception. Ovechkin is once again pacing the league in shot attempt rate.

But here’s the problem: After Ovechkin, the 2014-15 Caps’ forward corps struggles mightily to generate shot attempts.

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Alex Ovechkin had selfishly gone three days without doing something nice, so he had to indulge himself on Sunday. His most recent act of kindness: surprising Caps fan Jeff Jones with a new signed jersey after losing his house in a fire.

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Ever since Barry Trotz got hired, $10-million superstar Alex Ovechkin is blocking shots again– just like the good ol’ Dale Hunter days. In general, this is good. Blocking shots prevents the other team from scoring and stuff.

But when you see Ovechkin ambling to the locker room after blocking a shot with his belly, you’ll never want to see him block a shot again.

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The ref’s all like “am I seeing this right???”

Here’s another reminder that Alex Ovechkin is good. He just scooped up the puck in the Caps defensive zone, skated through five Bruins defenders, and almost scored on Tuukka Rask– solo.

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In a recent interview with Sportsnet, Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask talked about his love of tennis and if he googles himself or not. Sadly, there was nothing explaining why his head is so weird and oblong, but he did reveal who he thinks has the most difficult shot to stop in the NHL.

Alex Ovechkin.

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Alex Ovechkin’s Shot Injured Someone Again

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The New York Rangers have announced that second-pairing defenseman Kevin Klein will miss the next three or four weeks due to an upper-body injury.

Klein was injured late in the third period on Wednesday after blocking what seemed to be an innocent wrist shot from… Alex Ovechkin. No, those kinds of shots are never innocent.

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During Wednesday’s practice, the Capitals welcomed a fourth Russian onto the ice. Four-year-old Maxim Goloschapov was flown from Moscow to Kettler Capitals Iceplex because he won a promotional campaign held by Bauer Russia.

A few months ago, Bauer asked their followers to “show us your hardest shot by putting it on Instagram with the hashtag #MX3Russia. The winner gets to go to Washington to meet Alex Ovechkin.” Teeny tiny Maxim won with these two videos.

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