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When are you supposed to lie down and slide in hockey? I don’t know. Maybe Alex Ovechkin doesn’t either. In the first period of the Blue Jackets game, Ovi made a consummate block, eliminating a scoring chance by Jeremy Morin.

He slid all the way to the end boards. Two Jackets had to hop over him.

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People have dogged Alex Ovechkin for his defense over the years, but this season the conversation is a little bit different. Here’s a fun example. A few weeks ago, NBCSN held a panel discussion and Mike Milbury talked about why he thought Ovechkin shouldn’t block as many shots. Wut?

Ovechkin is making more of an effort defensively this season, and tonight came his greatest effort yet. The Russian machine broke up a two-on-one after hustling back and making a suicide dive towards the slot.

Look at this.

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Mathieu Perreault

Early this morning, Mike Vogel broke the news that the Caps reassigned forwards Jay Beagle, Andrew Gordon and Mathieu Perreault to AHL Hershey. Then during Media Day, Bruce Boudreau stated that he thought Marcus Johansson had more defensive upside than Perreault to try and explain why the French-Canadian was sent down over the Swede. I am far from a Perreault supporter, so you know this is coming from the numbers heart.

Looking at the pre-season stats of MJ90 and MP85, do they really show MJ90 is better defensively?

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