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At first, it all went according to plan. The house lights went down at exactly 7 PM. The arena lit up in a sea of orange and white lights glimmering off commemorative wristbands. A tribute to the recently deceased Ed Snider, who founded the Flyers in 1967 and had owned the team ever since, played on the big screen. All of Wells Fargo Center, from the seating bowl to the benches to the press box, applauded a great owner. Then Kate Smith and Lauren Hart sang their trademark “God Bless America” duet. Within a minute of puck drop, the Flyers had the first goal, wildly sliding into the boards in celebration. The roar from the fans was booming. This was their night for their owner.

“Ed was a dynamic visionary who turned Philadelphia into one of the great hockey towns in the world,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said before the game in a heartfelt press conference. “He believed in excellence — and in this team, the Flyers.”

But in the end, that team let him down.

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He hid behind the official.

Alex Ovechkin just notched his second playoff goal, and Steve Mason is starting to think heavy hockey thoughts.

Let us tell you the story of how the Caps took the lead in Game Three.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has led the NHL in power-play goals over the last four seasons (19 in 2015-16, 25 in 2014-15, 24 in 2013-14, 16 in 2012-13). Oodles of those goals have been off his one-timer from the left circle, an Ovi Shot From The Ovi Spot. This is not a secret. Twenty nine teams know about this technique and every single one of them has a plan for it.

Which is why Ovi’s second-period power-play goal against the Flyers on Saturday was so curious.

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Saturday night, Mike Richards delivered one of the biggest bodychecks of the Caps-Flyers series, a jolting shoulder-to-shoulder hit of Nick Cousins at center ice. The hit was so ferocious, Alex Ovechkin got up out of his seat and let out, as one reader described it, a banshee scream.

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Alex Ovechkin just scored his first goal of the postseason. It was an Ovi Shot From The Ovi Spot on the power play. The goal, Ovechkin’s 37th career playoff tally, gave the Caps a 3-1 lead heading into the second intermission.

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The Capitals kind of stunk in the first ten minutes of Game Two. I was frustrated, you were frustrated, we were all frustrated. But then Alex Ovechkin let us know he was feeling that frustration too.

Now presenting: Alex Ovechkin checks Brayden Schenn into the bench.

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The Caps let two power plays go by with no goals but a bunch of chances. Finally in the second, they broke through.

The Caps rode a wave of momentum after Alex Ovechkin nailed Sean Couturier with a big hit at center ice. Five minutes later, with Brandon Manning in the box for delay of game, John Carlson converted the PP and scored Washington’s first goal of the playoffs.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has gone 30 minutes without a goal, so obviously he’s cranky. In the second, period, Ovi took that crankiness out on Philadelphia forward Sean Couturier.

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Covering practices and morning skates at Kettler Capitals Iceplex is always an adventure. You want to provide your readers with good coverage, but you also want to make it out of there within three hours so you only have to pay a dollar to park.

Today, I made it by just a few minutes. As I was entering the on ramp to Route 66 West, there was a discreet vehicle in front of me. It was a white Mercedes S65 AMG with vanity plates. Everyone knows that car belongs to Alex Ovechkin.

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Saturday night, Alex Ovechkin scored a hat trick against the St. Louis Blues in his final game of the season. The clutch scoars gave the Russian machine his seventh 50-goal season. It also pushed Nicklas Backstrom, who assisted on all three Ovechkin goals, to the 50-assist plateau for the sixth time in his career.

On the plane ride home, Ovechkin posted a selfie of himself and Backy. “50 goals 50 assists !!!not bad!!💪😂,” Ovechkin wrote on Instagram.

An hour later, former Capital Brooks Laich left them a comment that you need to see.

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