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Washington Capitals (49-17-8)

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Ovechkin finds goal-scoring groove downs stretch for Caps

WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin is heating up down the stretch for the NHL-leading Washington Capitals.

Ovechkin has two goals and two assists over his past four games, all Capitals victories as they try to lock up home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Russian superstar on Saturday became just the third player in league history to score 30-plus goals in each of his first 12 seasons, joining Mike Gartner and Wayne Gretzky, a testament to his consistency and value to Washington.

"I think he's pretty casual with some of the greatness, the stuff he's done," coach Barry Trotz said after a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. "Alex has been a great player in the league and has been consistent in that one area that he's fantastic at."

Points: N. Backstrom79
Plus/Minus: B. Orpik33
Shots on Goal: A. Ovechkin288
PIM: T. Wilson114
Win: B. Holtby39
Shutouts: B. Holtby8
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 236 (2)
Shots: 2229 (18)
PP%: 21.8% (7)
Penalty Minutes: 689 (16)
Assists: 407 (2)
SH Goals: 5 (19)
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
x-Washington 49 17 8 106
x-Columbus 48 19 7 103
x-Pittsburgh 46 18 11 103
NY Rangers 46 26 4 96
NY Islanders 35 27 12 82
Carolina 33 27 13 79
Philadelphia 35 32 8 78
New Jersey 27 35 13 67
Full Standings
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 158 (30)
Shots Against: 2060 (27)
PK%: 84.2% (7)
Penalty Minutes: 648 (20)
Shutouts: 11 (1)
Sv%: 0.923 (2)
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries
Date Player Transactions
3/24 P. Carey Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
3/20 J. Siegenthaler Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
3/17 J. Vrana Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
3/15 K. Shattenkirk Suspension Over
3/12 K. Shattenkirk Suspended Two games by NHL for charging
3/7 P. Carey Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
3/7 H. Gustafsson Signed as Free Agent Two-year, entry-level contract
3/7 K. Bindulis Signed as Free Agent Three-year, entry-level contract
3/2 L. Johansen Signed Two-year, entry-level contract
3/2 C. Williams Signed Two-year, entry-level contract
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