#8 Alex Ovechkin

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Nov 21: Ovechkin snapped a three-game scoring drought Thursday with a goal, an assist and a plus-2 in a 3-2 victory over Colorado. Both Ovi and his center, Nicklas Backstrom, got three-game monkeys off their backs Thursday. Ovi remains well off his usual pace, with a low shooting percentage by his standards (.106) one of the biggest culprits. He's about due to start one of his characteristic hot streaks; maybe Thursday was the first game of it.

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Nov 11: Ovechkin scored a power-play goal and an even-strength goal in Tuesday's win over the Jackets. Ah, there's the ol' goal-scoring magic. Ovechkin had scored just a single goal over the prior nine games, but he does have 10 points over his last six thanks to a bevy of assists.

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Nov 4: Ovechkin handed out a pair of assists in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Flames, untying himself with Peter Bondra for the title of all-team leading scorer for the Capitals. Ovi now has 827 points to show for his career -- all with Washington -- and he's done it in just 691 games. For comparison, Bondra needed 961 games to collect his 825 points as a Capital. Ovechkin's racked up seven points in the last three games, but has actually been in a bit of a goal-scoring drought lately, as he's found the net just a single time in his last seven contests despite firing 27 shots on goal in that span.

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Nov 2: Ovechkin factored in on four of the team's five goals in Sunday's loss to the Coyotes, finding the back of the net once and assisting on three others. After going a career-high five consecutive games without a point, Ovechkin has gotten back on the board in his last two and broke out in a big way on Sunday. He added two points on the power play, and ripped off seven shots in the loss, giving him 20 shots on goal in the last three games. The points will continue to come.

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Nov 1: Ovechkin scored his first point -- an assist -- in five games in Saturday's loss to Tampa Bay. Seriously -- he's just fine, but some owners are panicking after the longest point drought in his NHL career. We're not. Use him well.

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Oct 30: Ovechkin was held without a point for the fifth straight game in Wednesday's loss to the Red Wings. It's the longest stretch that Ovechkin has gone pointless in his 10-year NHL career. Before busting out for seven shots on goal against the Red Wings, Ovechkin had combined for seven attempts total over his previous four games. He's too talented for his offense to remain dormant much longer, so the best course of action for fantasy owners is to maintain patience.

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Oct 15: Ovechkin had two goals, an assist, and eight shots in Washington's 6-5 shootout loss to San Jose. The reigning Richard Trophy winner is picking up where he left off with four goals in his first three games to start the season. Tied for third in the league in goals and fourth in the league for shots, Ovechkin is a multi-category monster that looks to be in line for another great fantasy season.

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Oct 11: Ovechkin scored his first two goals of the season in Saturday's 4-0 win over Boston. The first came on a patented Ovie one-timer from the left circle while on the power play; the second was a blistering snipe off a nice feed from Nicklas Backstrom. He also laid three hits and fired seven shots. He delivers a classic goals/hits/shots trifecta every season and this one should be no different.

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Oct 10: Though he didn't tally a goal or assist in Thursday's season-opening loss to the Canadiens, Ovechkin turned in an active outing. He supplied four shots on goal and six hits in the shootout defeat. The Capitals will look to turn Ovechkin into more of a two-way threat under defensive-minded coach Barry Trotz, but the 29-year-old's goal-scoring ability is what will always drive his fantasy value. He didn't notice much of a dropoff in his scoring during the preseason, and it should be just a matter of time before he stats delivering point-per-game production.

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Sep 26: Ovechkin scored two power-play goals during the Capitals' 5-4 win over the Bruins on Friday. There have been whispers that Ovechkin's goal-scoring may regress a bit under new coach Barry Trotz, and although his even-strength production may take a slight decline, he's shown in preseason action that he's still the NHL's most lethal goal scoring threat on the man advantage. Draft Ovechkin with confidence in all formats, especially if he gets dual-position eligibility since he's back to his old stomping grounds on the LW.

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Sep 12: Head coach Barry Trotz is "leaning towards" having Ovechkin start the season at his former position of LW, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports. Trotz had indicated previously during the summer that he would keep Ovechkin at RW to start the season off, but Prewitt speculates that something may have changed over the summer or that Trotz, like his predecessor, plans to move Ovechkin between both wings. The flexibility should help Ovechkin keep his place as one of the league's top goal scorers, and this should do nothing to adversely affect his fantasy appeal.

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Aug 6: Ovechkin was involved in a minor car accident in Russia on Monday, Russian Machine Never Breaks reports. It was a minor incident, so no worries -- Ovi didn't aggravate his knee injury or suffer any new ones. The NHL's reigning goal-scoring king is healthy and seems ready to defend his title under new head coach Barry Trotz.

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Aug 5: Alexander Radulov, who had a roller coaster relationship with current Capitals head coach Barry Trotz praised his former bench boss, Joe Yerdon of NBC Sports reports. The statement is a bit of a surprise considering Radulov's rocky conclusion to his NHL career when he served under Barry Trotz in Nashville. While it's just one man's opinion, the fact that an enigmatic, offensive wizard like Radulov respects Trotz bodes well for Ovechkin's transition to the former Predators coach, as Ovechkin is committed to doing what it takes to bring a Stanley Cup to DC. Although there may be some growing pains, the chances that Ovechkin becomes a moody, disgruntled, and ineffective player should decline with this revelation. A perennial Rocket Richard candidate and fantasy stud, this insight should give you all the more reason not to be scared by Trotz's arrival in DC when it comes to taking Ovechkin in your fantasy league.

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Jun 2: The Washington Capitals released a statement updating Ovechkin's condition and announced they are confident that Ovechkin "will be completely healthy prior to the start of training camp", reports. The release announces Ovechkin suffered a "right-leg" injury during a May 18th contest at the IIHF World Championships in Belarus during which Ovechkin appeared to injure his right knee during a mid-ice collision. Ovechkin missed a game, but would later return in the medal round to help lead Russia to a Gold Medal performance. The report seems to confirm that the defending Rocket Richard Trophy-winner has emerged from the annual tournament relatively unscathed and should be in normal condition for the start of the 2014-2015 NHL season. Unless an unexpected development occurs, he should have no health concerns to weigh down his draft status in fantasy leagues.

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May 22: Ovechkin (knee) returned to the ice for Russia in their victory Thursday against France in the quarterfinals of the 2014 IIHF World Championship, the Associated Press reports. The Russian captain only saw 12 minutes of ice time and recorded no shots on goal, but more than anything, it was a relief for the Capitals to see their franchise player skating again after suffering what looked to be a devastating knee injury Sunday. Ovechkin was forced to miss only one contest for Russia, and should see his playing time rise as any lingering soreness he's still experiencing dies down.

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May 19: Ovechkin (knee) will not play in Team Russia's final group game against Belarus, TSN reports. Ovechkin will be held out of the lineup with a sore knee after suffering a devastating collision with Marcus Kink during Russia's previous game against Germany. The Richard Trophy winner could return to the lineup for the elimination round that begins this week.

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May 19: Ovechkin's knee injury is not serious, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin underwent some tests on his injured knee Sunday, and an MRI revealed no tears or significant damage. The star winger is expected to miss Russia's final preliminary game Tuesday, but could return to action later in the tournament, and he's expected to be fully recovered in time for the NHL season.

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May 18: Ovechkin was able to walk on his own without the aid of crutches after leaving the Russian team's game against Germany in the IIHF World Championships on Sunday, Slava Malamud of Sport-Express.ru reports. The Russian team doctor said that Ovechkin was feeling "better than expected." It certainly seems to be good news for Ovechkin and the Capitals, who appeared to be fearing the worst after their star looked was unable to put any weight on his left knee following a hit. Ovechkin will remain with the Russian team in Minsk and await a more thorough diagnosis, but at the very least, it looks like he could miss a few games during the World Championships. It's certainly not an ideal scenario, but probably somewhat comforting news for the Capitals for the time being.

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May 18: Ovechkin suffered an apparent left knee injury while playing for Russia in the IIHF World Championships, Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press reports. The Russian team probably won't update Ovechkin's injury until after the team completes their game against Germany, but the captain was writhing in pain after taking a hit to the knee and wasn't able to put any weight on it while exiting the ice. The Capitals will hold their breath while they await news on their 51-goal scorer.

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May 6: Ovechkin has been named captain of Team Russia at the upcoming IIHF World Championships in Belarus, Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports reports. Ovechkin will lead Russia's attempt to vindicate itself on the international stage following a disappointing effort on home soil during the Sochi Olympics. Ovechkin also has the dubious distinction of trying to end a disappointing professional season on a high note as the Washington Capitals also failed to live up expectations and ended up missing the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. The reigning Rocket Richard Trophy winner has 15 goals and 27 points in 35 World Championship contests.

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Apr 14: Alex Ovechkin finished the season with 51 goals en route to his fourth Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy. The Great 8 finished with a team high 79 points in 78 games, 39 of which came on the Capitals' vaunted power-play unit. Much has been made in the media about his ability compile 51 goals and a minus-35 rating in the same season. His lack of even-strength production at the end of the season is a bit alarming, but no player provides his blend of goal scoring, shots on goal, and hit production. A turbulent offseason likely awaits a Capitals team that has missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. However, look for Ovechkin to be a top-5 player heading into next season's fantasy drafts.

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Apr 11: Ovechkin notched a power-play goal and an assist in Friday's win over Chicago, giving him seven points in the last five games. Detractors of Ovechkin will note that a handful of these points came in games where the Caps were already eliminated from playoff contention. Despite his abysmal minus rating, Ovechkin has been a boon for owners in leagues which reward shots on goal and power-play points, but there have been stretches where he disappears. Despite his inconsistencies, owners will need to be ready to pay a first-round price for the elite scorer against next fall.

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Apr 8: Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season and contributed two assists in Tuesday's win over the Blues. This is Ovechkin's fifth 50-goal season, and he's now three points short of his seventh 80-point campaign. He also went plus-1, and is now plus-2 over his last three games (recording five points in that span) as he tries to avoid the dubious distinction of being the first man to lead the NHL in goals while having the league's worst plus-minus. Ovie's now minus-34, while Steve Ott's pushed past him to minus-37.

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Apr 5: Ovechkin picked up an assist in Saturdays shootout win over the Islanders. He now has 74 points, including a league-leading 49 goals, in 74 games. We love the goals, but we hate the plus-minus which currently stands at a somewhat incredulous minus-35 (the league's worst). Your format dictates his true fantasy value (as opposed to his perceived value based on name alone). Still, he's fun to watch. Too bad that doesn't count in fantasy.

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Apr 4: Ovechkin scored Washington's only goal in Friday's 2-1 loss to New Jersey, his first goal in a three-game span. The goal was the first even-strength tally Ovechkin had potted in almost a month and was created by a Nicklas Backstrom turnover on the forecheck. Ovi is a goal away from 50 yet again and likely will get it, but he's been one of the league's most baffling players, sitting with a minus-35 rating. The Caps have issues at both ends of the ice, but Ovechkin has, simultaneously, been one of the brightest and most troubling aspects of the team.

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Apr 2: Ovechkin skated on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and Mikhail Grabovski during Wednesday's practice. Ovechkin left the ice briefly after the warmup stretches, but returned to finish the practice alongside Grabovski and Backstrom. The line was put together during Washington's embarrassing 5-0 loss to Dallas on Tuesday. With the Caps off until Friday's contest against New Jersey, head coach Adam Oates has plenty of time to change up his lines before the next game. However, this has the potential to be a potent unit and should help Ovechkin break the worst even-strength scoring drought of the veteran sniper's career. Although he leads the NHL with 48 goals this season, Ovechkin has not scored at even strength in more than a month, certainly one of the main reasons the team finds itself on the outside of the current Eastern Conference playoff picture, and losing ground fast.

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Apr 1: Ovechkin took four shots on goal and went minus-2 without a point in Tuesday's shutout loss to Dallas. That's three straight games without a point for Ovechkin, who's also gone minus-5 -- shoving his season mark down to a league-worst minus-36. Still easily the league's leading goal scorer with 48, nine more than No. 2 man Corey Perry's total, Ovechkin has just four goals and an assist over his last 13 games, and he's a horrendous minus-13 in that span. The Caps have lost four straight, and Ovechkin's lack of production is a big reason why. He hasn't scored an even-strength goal since Feb. 27.

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Mar 25: Ovechkin scored two power-play goals and had the primary assist on Evgeny Kuznetsov's shorthanded goal that forced overtime in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Kings. A massive game for Ovi, who pushed his league-leading power-play-goal total to 22 and collected his first shorthanded point of the year. It's good to see from the star winger, as he had managed an uncharacteristically meager two goals and zero assists in his last nine games. However, he's still stunningly failed to register a positive rating since Feb. 8 -- the Caps' last game before the Olympics.

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Mar 19: Ovechkin's third-period goal broke a 2-2 tie and sent the Caps to a critical win over Anaheim on Tuesday night. It's his league-leading 46th tally on the season. As we reported here earlier, he was paired most of the night with Marcus Johansson and Jay Beagle. As far as Ovechkin is concerned, there's no reason for us to get complicated with the advice: Thou shalt start him at every opportunity.

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Mar 18: Ovechkin was skating with Jay Beagle and Marcus Johansson during Monday's practice, Mike Vogel of Monumental Network reports. The experiment began in the latter stages of Sunday's 4-2 win against Toronto, and it looks like head coach Adam Oates wants to try Ovechkin with Jay Beagle and Marcus Johansson to start Tuesday's game against Anaheim. With Brooks Laich (groin) out after undergoing surgery and Mikhail Grabovski (ankle) still not practicing, the Capitals have had to shuffle the deck to balance their scoring lines. With only one goal to show for his last six games, it's not clear a grinder like Jay Beagle will be the setup man to get this year's Richard Trophy favorite back on track, but it's desperation time for a Capitals team on the outside of the playoffs late in the season.

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Mar 11: Ovechkin went minus-1 without a point for the fourth consecutive game in Tuesday's shutout loss to the Penguins. The NHL's leading goal scorer has been getting shut down lately, and rarely worse than in this game -- he had just two shots on goal. Even when he's been scoring, the plus-minus hasn't been there for Ovi, as he's minus-26 on the season and minus-10 over his last seven games. Expect him to get back on the scoresheet soon.

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Mar 6: Ovechkin had his league-leading 44th goal to go along with an assist in Wednesday's loss to Philadelphia. That gives Ovechkin an impressive four goals and three assists in his four games since the Olympics. The Art Ross Trophy is probably out of reach for Ovechkin with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby (83 points) owning a 16-point cushion over him, but the Washington forward could catch Toronto's Phil Kessel (70) and Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf (68) for the runner-up spot before the season is over.

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Mar 1: Ovechkin added two more goals to his ledger as the Capitals defeated the Bruins on Saturday. After delivering an underwhelming performance for the Russian team during the Olympics, Ovechkin has played with renewed vigor since joining his NHL team. He's supplied three goals in two assists over his first two games out of the break to pad his league-leading goal total.

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Feb 28: Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal and added two assists (one on the power play) Thursday against Florida. Between the Russian hockey team's Olympic disappointment and his father having to undergo heart surgery, it's been a tumultuous month for Ovechkin. Fortunately, dad's okay, and Ovi may be particularly motivated by his Olympic failure (two points in five games and no medal) to pour it on down the stretch.

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Feb 24: Ovechkin (personal) rejoined the Capitals for their practice Monday, the Associated Press reports. After his Russian squad was ousted in the quarterfinals of the Olympics last Wednesday, Ovechkin learned his father was dealing with heart problems, prompting the forward to stay by his side overseas. Ovechkin tweeted over the weekend that his father was "going to be good," and it now looks as though his availability for Thursday's game against the Panthers is no longer in question.

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Feb 20: Ovechkin may be delayed in his return to the Capitals from the Olympics after his father underwent heart surgery in Russia, ESPN.com reports. Ovechkin and the Russians had an early exit from the Olympics with a loss to Finland. There is no official determination of when Ovechkin will return to the United States because he has much more important matters to be with. It is something to monitor over the next week as team's return from the break.

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Feb 13: Ovechkin contributed a goal and assist for Team Russia in their 5-2 win over Slovenia on Thursday. It didn't take long for Ovechkin to make his mark on the Olympics, as he notched his goal just over a minute into the first period and found Evgeni Malkin for another score less than three minutes later. With elite offensive talents like Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk skating with him in Sochi, Ovechkin should remain as similarly productive with the Russians as he is with the Capitals.

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Feb 3: Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal to dispatch the Red Wings in overtime Sunday. It was the 39th tally of the season for Ovechkin, who leads the league in that category by a wide margin. Ovechkin had been previously credited for a game-tying goal in Friday's shootout loss to the Red Wings, but an NHL review later on ended up crediting Joel Ward with the score.

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Jan 31: Overchkin scored a goal and assisted on another during the Capitals' 4-3 shootout loss to the Red Wings on Friday. Ovechkin's goal, his 39th of the season, found the net with just seven seconds left in the third period, sending the game into overtime. The All-Star forward now has 57 points over 51 games this season.

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Jan 29: Ovechkin scored two goals and handed out two assists -- including the primary helper on Mike Green's overtime winner -- in Tuesday's 5-4 win over Buffalo. There's not much more to be said about the season Ovi's having. Aside from a four-game pointless skid at the end of December, he's been as consistent as they come. And if anything, he's been even more active on the offensive end than he was last year -- he's put 273 shots on goal in 49 games after managing 220 shots in 48 contests last season. The only knock on the NHL's top scorer (he's got 38 goals now) is that ugly minus-12 rating ... but he's plus-3 for the month of January.

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Jan 25: Ovechkin (groin) scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 5-0 win over Montreal. Make that 36 ... goals, that is. He remains on top of the goal list and in the top-15 scorers overall (50 points). He's playing inspired hockey heading toward the Olympics, but the color of the medal he brings back could have a major impact on his post-break output. Just something to file away.

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Jan 25: Ovechkin (groin) will play in Saturday's game against the Canadiens, The Washington Post reports. Ovechkin missed the past two games but will return to the ice Saturday as the Capitals look to end a seven-game losing streak.

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Jan 25: Ovechkin took the optional morning skate on Saturday and said he was feeling better, but a decision on his availability for Saturday night's game in Montreal has not been made, Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reports. Ovechkin, who leads the NHL with 34 goals this season, has not played in the either of the Capitals' last two games due to a lower-body injury. He will likely be a game-time decision tonight against a Montreal team that is also struggling. The Capitals have only scored one goal in two games with Ovechkin out of the lineup.

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Jan 24: Ovechkin (groin) will not play in Friday's game against the Devils, Mike Vogel of the Capitals' website reports. Ovechkin was able to take the ice Friday morning, but he was not moving at 100 percent, so he will sit out for the second straight game. Ovechkin is in danger of missing a third game with the Capitals playing again Saturday night, but expect an update on his status prior to the beginning of Saturday's contest.

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Jan 23: Ovechkin (lower body) was not on the ice for practice Thursday, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. The Capitals haven't ruled Ovechkin out for Friday's game vs. the Devils, but that could very well be the case if the forward is unable to take part at morning skate. Fantasy owners will want to track Ovechkin's status carefully before setting their lineups Friday, as it's very possible he misses his second straight game.

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Jan 21: Ovechkin (lower body) will not play in Tuesday's game vs. the Senators, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin didn't even make it on to the ice for pregame warmups, as the lower-body injury evidently caused too much pain for him to test things out. His absence is obviously a huge loss for the Capitals, but there's no indication as of yet that the injury is something that will keep him out for more than a game.

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Jan 21: Ovechkin (lower body) will be a game-time decision Tuesday against the Senators, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. The lower-body injury, presumably suffered in Sunday's loss to the Rangers, brings Ovechkin's status for Tuesday into question, though he hasn't been ruled out. If the team feels he could worsen the injury by playing, however, they could sit him down against Ottawa.

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Jan 15: Ovechkin scored Washington's lone goal in Tuesday's shootout loss to the Sharks. He missed on his shootout attempt, but that doesn't affect most fantasy owners anyway. Ovi's still carrying a 61-goal 82-game pace, but because he's missed two games, at his current rate he's on track for a mere 58 goals. That'd still be his highest total since his whopping 65-goal output back in 2007-08.

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Jan 10: Ovechkin grabbed a goal and an assist in Friday's win over Toronto, giving him five points in the last four games. If you want to nitpick, Ovechkin hasn't been passing the puck terribly puck, with just 14 assists on the season. The 32 goals in 32 games make up for it. He's one of the league's top offensive players and shows little signs of slowing down, putting a whopping 23 shots on goal the last four games,

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Jan 2: Ovechkin scored his 31st goal of the season in Thursday's overtime loss to Carolina. He also finished the game with nine shots on goal and five hits. Ovechkin played Thursday's game on the second line, a move done to help the superstar break out of a four-game scoring drought. It worked as the goal gives Ovie 39 points in 42 games on the season. His team-worst minus-15 rating is tough to swallow, but his goal scoring ability makes up for any defensive liabilities.

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Jan 1: Ovechkin will be moved to the second line for Thursday's game against Carolina, the Washington Times reports. Ovechkin hasn't scored a point in the past four games, and the Capitals have been a mess over the last few weeks. This change is probably just temporary, so the fantasy impact is minimal. Ovechkin will be skating alongside Mikhail Grabovski and Eric Fehr on Thursday.

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Dec 21: Ovechkin's goal streak now stands at four games after he scored his 30th goal of the season in Saturday's OT loss to the Devils. Those 30 goals have come in 34 games. The 50-in-50 whispers are likely to start again -- this guy is red hot. He has six points (four goals, two assists) on this four-game run and eight goals in his last six games.

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Dec 15: Ovechkin scored two goals, including a power-play tally, Sunday against the Flyers. He also had seven shots on goal. Ovechkin leads the league in goals, power-play goals, and shots on goal, which is not surprising. The one concern is that he has a minus-11 rating.

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Dec 10: Ovechkin scored four goals, including the game-tying score with 32.4 seconds left in regulation, to help lead the Capitals to a 6-5 shootout victory over the Lightning on Tuesday night. Washington trailed 3-0 just 12 minutes into the game until Ovechkin's heroics helped spur an improbable comeback. Dating back to last season, the Russian star now has a ridiculous 48 goals in his past 50 regular season games.

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Dec 7: Ovechkin's 22nd goal of the season Saturday stretches his current point streak to three games (two goals, one assist). He now has 31 points in 27 games this season. Ovie has been a model of consistency this season -- he's never gone more than two games without a point. He's head-to-head gold and perfectly platinum overall.

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Nov 30: Ovechkin sniped his 21st goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Islanders. The goal stood as the winner. That's 21 in 25 games, so the talk of 50-in-50 isn't roaring. But that could easily change with a multi-goal game in the near future. The goal does move him into sole possession of the league lead in that category. You know what to do.

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Nov 23: Ovechkin notched his 20th goal of the season in Saturday's shootout loss to Toronto. Those 20 goals have come in just 22 games. So ... when does the 50-in-50 discussion start? Right now -- this guy is flat-out on fire. We hope this early-season outburst isn't just pre-Olympic inspiration. We'd hate to think there might be a letdown after Sochi. We'll cross that bridge when we get there.

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Nov 22: Ovechkin had two goals during Friday's loss to the Canadiens on Friday. Montreal jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and Ovechkin cut it to two with just 22 seconds to go in the opening period. He tallied his second goal of the night midway through the third period but could do no more. He now has 19 goals and seven assists on the season.

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Nov 17: Ovechkin scored the first two goals of the game in the first period Sunday against St. Louis. Those two goals would end up being all the Caps needed in a 4-1 win. With 17 goals on the year now, Ovi's tied with Alexander Steen at the pinnacle of professional hockey.

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Nov 5: Ovechkin returned in style Tuesday, scoring two power-play goals and assisting on another in a 6-2 victory over the Islanders. Well, it seems that upper-body injury that kept him out for two games is a thing of the past. Feel free to redeploy Ovi as usual.

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Nov 5: Ovechkin (upper body) will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Islanders, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. Ovechkin was able to return to practice Monday and had a final evaluation Tuesday morning. He missed a pair of games over the weekend for the Capitals, but it appears he is good to go for the time being in a nice matchup against the Islanders.

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Nov 4: Ovechkin (upper body) participated in practice Monday and is likely going to play Tuesday against the Islanders, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports. Ovechkin did not play the weekend games for the Capitals, but was able to participate in full contact drills in practice Monday. The Caps will evaluate him Tuesday and give the final decision on his playing status prior to the game.

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Nov 2: Ovechkin (upper body) will sit out Saturday's game against the Panthers, Adam Vingan of the Washington Post reports. The Capitals' attack didn't miss a beat with their top scorer out of the lineup Friday, scoring a season-high seven goals in a blowout win over the Flyers. The Panthers don't represent any sort of formidable threat either, prompting coach Adam Oates not to rush Ovechkin back while he remains less than 100 percent with the injury. Ovechkin's ailment isn't considered to be more than a day-to-day issue as of yet, so owners in weekly leagues should proceed with the assumption that he'll return to action next week.

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Oct 31: Capitals coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin (upper body) could play Saturday against the Panthers, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. Nothing's set in stone, but the fact that Ovechkin has a chance to play Saturday just further suggests his injury is not overly serious. If the team has any reservations about Ovechkin's heath, however, they could hold him out until Tuesday.

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Oct 31: Ovechkin (upper body) will not play Friday against the Flyers. An unspecified upper-body injury kept Ovechkin from Wednesday's practice, and he'll stay back in Washington rather than travel to Philadelphia for Friday's game. It seems the Capitals are exercising caution with their star winger, as they list him as just day-to-day, but it wouldn't be much of a surprise if Ovechkin missed Saturday's tilt against Florida as well.

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Oct 30: Ovechkin sat out Wednesday's practice with an upper body injury, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. The good news here is that the Caps don't play again until Friday when they take on the Flyers, so it's definitely possible that Ovechkin could be able to play at that point. The star winger has been red hot to start the season, racking up 10 goals and five assists in his first 12 games, so fantasy owners shouldn't need to be reminded to monitor his status closely over the next few days.

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Oct 27: Ovechkin was held off the score sheet for just the third time this season as Washington dropped a road contest to Calgary on Saturday. As if you need us to tell you, this is a minor blip; you should keep the NHL's co-leader in goals active.

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Oct 24: Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 10th goal, assisted on another and went plus-2 in Thursday's win over Edmonton. The positive plus-minus is particularly nice for fantasy owners, who had seen Ovi go minus-5 in his first nine games despite 13 points. Still, it's awful hard to complain about plus-minus when you have a guy scoring as prolifically as Ovechkin has been. He's scored a goal in all but two games this year.

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Oct 22: Ovechkin overtook the NHL goal lead Tuesday, scoring his eighth and ninth in a shootout win over Winnipeg. Ovechkin is just ridiculous right now, as he's averaging a goal a game and has taken a whopping 61 shots -- also a league-leading total.

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Oct 16: Ovechkin was present at Wednesday's morning skate, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin left Tuesday's practice with what was reportedly just general fatigue, so there wasn't much concern in the first place, but it's still reassuring that he was able to skate. All indications point toward him being in the lineup against the Rangers.

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Oct 15: Ovechkin left Tuesday's practice 20 minutes into practice after feeling "a little tired" from Monday's game, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin's early exit from practice can be considered a maintenance day, as coach Adam Oates didn't want to take the chance of overexerting his talented forward this early into the season. He's in no danger of sitting out Wednesday against the Rangers.

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Oct 10: Ovechkin scored another goal Thursday in a loss to Carolina, making it four straight games with a goal -- and five markers overall -- to start the year. Ovi also contributed four PIM, a plus-1 rating and eight shots on goal on the night, further thrilling his fantasy owners.

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Oct 5: Ovechkin scored his fourth goal in three games this season when he notched a power-play marker Saturday in a 2-1 loss to the Stars. You guessed it -- yet another one-timer. Ovie sure looks like he's ready to put up another MVP-like season. Set and forget.

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Oct 4: Ovechkin scored two goals and notched an assist in a 5-4 shootout win over the Flames on Thursday. The goals were Ovechkin's second and third of the season. He has five points in just the first two games of the season. Ovi had a slow start to last season but has been hot so far this year.

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Oct 1: Ovechkin scored a goal and added an assist, but went minus-2 in Tuesday's season-opening loss to the Blackhawks. It was an active game for Ovi, who fired nine shots on goal and collected both of his points on the power play. After looking rejuvenated in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, he's returned to the cream of the crop in fantasy.

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Sep 26: Ovechkin announced Thursday that he will travel to Greece to take part in the 2014 Sochi Olympic torch ceremony. Ovechkin will not miss the Capitals' season opener on Tuesday. He will be the first Russian to carry the Sochi torch. Ovi had a slow start to last season but heated up in the second half. He will hope to avoid a first-half slump this year.

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Sep 18: Ovechkin escaped injury Tuesday when a section of glass fell on him after he missed a hit along the boards during the Caps' preseason matchup against the Bruins. Ovi narrowly escaped serious injury on Saturday when he took a stick to the face in Winnipeg. Ovechkin must be giving Washington's front office heartburn but their star winger appears to be okay after a couple close calls.

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Sep 16: Ovechkin took a stick to the face in the Capitals' preseason opener in Winnipeg on Saturday but appears to be okay. Ovechkin made light of the injury, posting a self portrait on Twitter with the caption "just had plastic surgery." There is no indication of any lasting damage, but Ovi will sport some stitches until he is healed up.

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Jun 16: Ovechkin (broken left foot) said he's progressing well in his recovery and remains on track to return in time for training camp, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Ovechkin said he was walking without any issues and plans to test out the foot further by playing tennis in the near future. The Hart Trophy winner sustained the hairline fracture to his foot in Game 6 of the first-round series with the Rangers, but played through the injury in a Game 7 loss.

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Jun 16: Ovechkin is the league MVP after being awarded the Hart Trophy on Friday. Ovi won the Hart based on a late season surge that saw him score 27 goals in the last 32 games of the season. His season was off to a rocky start after being moved to right wing but that experiment ended and Ovechkin clicked as the season came to an end.

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May 16: Ovechkin played the final two games of the Capitals' playoff series against the Rangers with a hairline fracture in his left foot, the Washington Post reports. Since skating could not make the injury worse, Ovechkin played through the issue, both in those two games, as well as the the quarterfinals of the World Championships. The good news is that the fracture will simply requires rest to heal and Ovechkin has the entire offseason ahead of him to that end.

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May 14: Ovechkin was nowhere to be seen on the score sheet of a 5-0 Game 7 loss to the Rangers in Washington on Monday night. Ovechkin failed to appear on the score sheet for the fifth straight game of the postseason. He chose an awful time to cool down and the Caps paid the price as their season is done. Ovi was nominated for several awards due to a hot March and April but the postseason will leave a bitter taste in his mouth.

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May 9: Ovechkin was named one of the three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award which is presented each year to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by his fellow players. He's up against Martin St. Louis and Sidney Crosby; all three have previously won the award. Ovechkin led the NHL in goals with 32, including a league-leading 16 power-play goals.

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May 4: Ovechkin registered seven shots, seven hits, and got an assist on the game-winning goal in Saturday's 1-0 overtime win against the Rangers. The goal was mostly a product of Mike Green's solo work on the shot, but Ovechkin will happily take the assist and a 2-0 lead in the series. He's in top form and has been for quite some time.

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May 2: Ovechkin scored a power-play goal in the second period Thursday against the Rangers, tying the game and energizing the Caps, who went on to take a 3-1 victory in Game 1. Well, he didn't win the Rocket Richard Trophy for nothing. Ovechkin has long since turned back into himself, and the Caps will be relying on him to produce consistently if they want to move forward in the playoffs.

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Apr 25: Ovechkin scored on a backhand in the third period of a 2-1 overtime loss to the Senators on Thursday night. Ovi now has 32 goals on the season. He skated for 17:47 in the game, meaning the Caps don't want to rest him and risk a cool down before the playoffs. The Caps play their final regular-season game at home against the Bruins on Saturday.

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Apr 23: Ovechkin scored in the third period of a 5-3 win over the Jets on Tuesday night. Ovi now has 31 goals on the season and has scored in five of his last six games. The Caps have clinched the Southeast Division Championship title and Ovechkin's playing time may be in jeopardy if Washington wants to preserve him for the playoffs.

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Apr 20: Ovechkin scored two goals and had an assist in a 5-1 win over the Canadiens on Saturday night. Ovi currently leads the league in goals with 30. He has stepped up majorly for the Capitals who are fighting to keep their playoff chances alive. After a slow start to the season, Ovechkin has fired it up the last month and a half and is in the discussion for MVP this year.

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Apr 16: Ovechkin scored on a slap shot in the second period of a 5-1 win over the Leafs on Tuesday. The goal was Ovi's 28th of the season, good for first in the league. He has scored in 14 of his last 18 games. No player has been hotter than Ovechkin as the regular season winds down.

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Apr 13: Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in a 6-5 overtime win over the Lightning on Saturday. Ovi has nine points in his last five games, including seven goals and two assists. He has become part of the MVP conversation in the NHL this year.

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Apr 9: Ovechkin scored a goal in the second period of a 3-2 win over the Canadians on Tuesday night. The goal was Ovechkin's 26th of the season and he is now tied for the league lead in goals. Ovechkin scored just 10 goals in his first 27 games. After Tuesday, he has scored 16 goals in his last 13 games.

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Apr 7: Ovechkin scored two goals in a 4-2 win over the Lightning on Sunday. Ovi has been absolutely on fire the last few weeks. He has scored eight goals in his last five games and added two assists on top of that. The Caps continue to battle for first place in the Southeast and Ovechkin's hot streak has done nothing but help that effort.

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Apr 6: Ovechkin scored three goals in a 4-3 win over the Panthers on Saturday. Ovi has seven goals and nine points in his last five games. He hasn't gone scoreless in consecutive games since early March. Ovechkin has stepped up right when the Caps needed it, and has led them to first place in the Southeast.

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Apr 2: Ovechkin scored two goals and assisted on another in Tuesday's win over Carolina, stretching his points streak to nine games. We've been seeing classic Ovi lately -- plenty of scoring and plenty of physical play. He's now jumped over the point-per-game mark, with 37 in 36.

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Apr 1: Ovechkin scored on a slap shot in the third period of a 5-4 loss to the Flyers on Sunday. Ovi has scored at least one goal in eight of his last 10 games. He has nine goals and 14 points over that span. The Caps face the Canes on Tuesday with their playoff hopes on the line.

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Mar 30: Ovechkin extended his point streak to seven games and 11 points (seven goals, four assists) when he picked up a goal in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over Buffalo. He also scored in the shootout. He fired a whopping 10 shots on net in the win and has 39 over the seven-game streak, and those 10 shots move him ahead of Evander Kane into the league lead in shots on goal.

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Mar 28: Ovechkin left the ice after being struck on the chin by a puck at Thursday's practice, the Washington Post reports. While Ovechkin is slated to receive stitches, so far there is nothing to suggest that his status for Saturday's game against the Sabres is in any danger.

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Mar 24: Ovechkin scored a goal in the first period, as well as during the shootout, of a 3-2 win over the Rangers on Sunday. Ovi has now scored in five consecutive games and has seven goals over that span. There is no clear indication of what has lit a fire under Ovechkin as of late, but the Caps aren't complaining as they sit just two back in the playoff chase.

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Mar 22: Ovechkin scored two goals in a 6-1 win over the Jets in Winnipeg on Friday night. Ovi now has 15 goals on the season. He has scored in each of his last four games and has seven points over that span. He now ranks among the top 15 scorers in the league.

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Mar 21: Ovechkin notched a goal and two assists Thursday in a win over the Jets, just his second multi-point game in his last seven contests. He'd been picking it up a bit lately, notching four points in his last four games, but this multi-point explosion -- once so common it seemed like they came every other game -- is a blessed rarity at this point.

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Mar 21: Ovechkin scored his team-leading 13th goal in a 4-0 win over the Jets in Winnipeg on Friday night. Ovi has heated up lately, scoring in each of his last three games and in four of his last five. He also added two assists in a three-point effort Thursday. Ovi's hot streak couldn't come at a better time for the Caps who are facing elimination from the playoffs.

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Mar 20: Ovechkin scored a power-play goal in the second period of a 2-1 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. The goal was Ovi's 12th of the season. He has now scored in back-to-back games, the first time he has done that since early February. While Ovi has shown signs of life as of late, the rest of the Caps haven't, having lost five of their last seven games.

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Mar 17: Ovechkin scored in the first period of a 5-3 win over the Sabres on Sunday. The goal was Ovechkin's 11th of the season. He has scored in two of his last three games and may be heating up at an absolutely pivotal time for the Caps. Ovi and the Caps face the first-place Penguins on Tuesday.

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Mar 14: Ovechkin scored in the third period of a 3-2 win over the Canes on Thursday night. Ovechkin now has 10 goals on the season, good for just 41st in the league. His goal totals have declined over the last three seasons and his status as an elite offensive skater is in question. Ovechkin will have to have a dominant remainder of the season to live up to the expectations his abilities have created.

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Mar 7: Ovechkin notched three points on a goal and two assists in a 7-1 win over the Panthers on Thursday night. The goal was Ovechkin's ninth of the season and came on a power play in the second period. Ovi doesn't rank in the top 30 of any major offensive category. In fact, Ovechkin has earned more than one point in just four of 22 games this season.

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Feb 23: Ovechkin notched four points on three goals and an assist in a 5-1 win over the Devils on Saturday. Ovechkin now has eight goals on the season, good for 13th in the league. Saturday was Ovi's first hat trick since January 2011 and the 11th of his career.

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Feb 14: Ovechkin ended his five-game points streak Thursday, as he was held off the board and posted a minus-2 on five shots in a win over Tampa. Despite the setback, Ovi has been showing more and more flickers of his old self. You can see that he's been more active on the ice from his shot totals alone: After taking five shots in just one game of his three-point January, Thursday marks the fifth time in seven February games that he's fired five or more on goal.

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Feb 7: Ovechkin scored a power-play goal in the third period of a 5-2 loss to the Penguins on Thursday night. The goal was just Ovechkin's third of the season and came in mop-up duty of a tough loss. Ovechkin missed the net on a breakaway just a few minutes after scoring the power-play goal. Ovi does have seven points in 10 games this year, but has yet to live up to expectations.

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Feb 1: Ovechkin will return to right wing Friday against the Flyers, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin didn't find a lot of success from the right wing in the first three games of the season, but he'll be back there Friday, skating alongside Mike Ribeiro and Wojtek Wolski.

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Jan 31: Ovechkin scored just his second goal of the season Thursday in a loss to Toronto. Ovi is really falling off a cliff as things currently stand. Not only is his scoring way down from last year (which was way down from the year before, which was way down from the year before that), but he's not even shooting at the same rate; Ovi's averaging just 3.1 shots per game this year, as opposed to 3.9 last year and 6.7 in his prime.

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Jan 27: Ovechkin scored a power-play goal against the Sabres on Sunday, which turned out to be the game-winner as well. This is Ovechkin's first goal of the season which, after last year's disappointing campaign, is mildly concerning, but the season is still young.

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Jan 25: Ovechkin will return to left wing Friday against the Devils, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin skated at right wing in the team's first three games of the season, but after talking it over with coach Adam Oates, he will move back to left wing Friday. The 27-year-old Ovechkin has one assist and a minus-1 rating so far in 2013.

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Jan 19: Ovechkin skated on the right wing instead of his usual left in Saturday's game against Tampa Bay. He fired four shots in the first period, but was held without a shot for the rest of the night. We're not sure how long the right wing experiment will last. Anders Lindback stood tall in the Bolts net and kept his team in the game early. Ovechkin may be in the best shape of his career -- let's hope this translates into a return to first-round excellence.

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Jan 16: Caps coach Adam Oates indicated Wednesday that Ovechkin may be used on the penalty kill, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post. Oates cites Ovechkin's knowledge of and presence on power plays as a reason for giving Ovi penalty-kill time. Oates also thinks Ovechkin could learn a bit more about how to execute power plays while defending them. Oates has treated Ovi a lot like Ilya Kovalchuk was treated last year with the Devils, i.e. switching wings and seeing time on the PK.

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Jan 14: The Caps are working out Ovechkin at right wing during training camp, according to Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times. Ovechkin could start the season at left wing but the Caps wanted to take a look at him on the right side before the season started. New Caps coach Adam Oates moved Ilya Kovalchuk from left wing to right wing last year with the Devils, resulting in a 23 point increase for Kovalchuk. The Caps will hope for the same magic with Ovi.

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Jan 8: Ovechkin returned to the United States Monday and is participating in an informal practice Tuesday. Ovi had 40 points in 31 games in the KHL, including 19 goals. His goals total went from 65 in 2007-2008 to just 38 last year but it appears Ovechkin may have found his stride in the KHL.

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Dec 27: Ovechkin currently sits fifth in KHL scoring with 34 points in 26 games. He has 15 goals. He's been flat-out Lady Byng-like, though -- he has just six penalty minutes in those 26 games. Still, his team sits first in the Western conference and first overall, so we'll forgive him his gentlemanly play.

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Oct 29: Ovechkin sat out Monday's game for Dynamo Moscow with an illness, reports. Consider Ovechkin nothing more than day-to-day for Dynamo Moskow, as he still felt well enough to attend the game and sit in the stands. He's netted 14 points in his first 14 games with the Russian club.

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Oct 20: Ovechkin, who is playing in the KHL during the lockout, spoke out critically Saturday about the NHL and its latest offer to the players, reports TSN.ca. "The NHL gave fans and media hope. But in reality it is a deception," said Ovechkin. "The league is trying to show that it is working to try and save the season, but they are not offering anything new." He was particularly critical of the commissioner -- "Yes, he made an offer and said it was good. But good for who, for Bettman?" -- and then reiterated his thoughts that many Russian players may not return to the NHL if the league cuts salaries. Ovie has five goals and seven assists in 12 KHL games this season.

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Sep 19: Ovechkin has signed a deal with KHL team Dynamo Moscow, according to reports by the Washington Post. Ovechkin, who is expected to play in the KHL if the NHL Lockout doesn't end by the start of the regular season, has reportedly signed a deal with Dynamo Moscow. The deal is worth $6 Million, $3 Million less than he was set to make with the Caps this season.

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Sep 7: Ovechkin will play in the KHL if the NHL lockout doesn't end before the season is set to begin, CSN Washington's Chuck Gormley reports. This isn't a surprise, and his former club, Dynamo Moscow, will be the favorite to sign Ovechkin if he does end up in the KHL. He's under contract with the Capitals, so there's no real danger of him missing time if the NHL season starts late. Any Russian team that signs Ovechkin during a lockout would only be able to keep him until the NHL resumes play.

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Aug 25: Defending KHL league champion Dynamo Moscow will attempt to sign Ovechkin if there's a lockout, reports Sportsnet.ca. The story cites Russian newspaper Ria Novosti. "We will talk with Ovechkin," Dynamo general manager Andrey Safronov told the paper. "It will be up to the head coach." Ovie has a history with the club -- he played there for four seasons from 2001-02 to 2004-05 when the team played for the Russian Superleague, the predecessor of the KHL.

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May 12: Ovechkin was all but a no-show for Saturday's Game 7 at New York, managing just two shots on goal in the 2-1, season-ending loss. We'll give the Rangers credit for playing a stifling defense, but the game's biggest players are supposed to step up in Game Sevens, and Ovie didn't answer the call Saturday night. He was frequently out of position and sloppy with the shooting opportunities that he did see. Of course, this game will be largely forgotten in September when fantasy draft day arrives; he's still an elite player, though not at the level he was a few years ago.

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May 9: Ovechkin scored a power-play goal early in the first period of a 2-1 Game Six win over the Rangers on Wednesday night. The goal was Ovi's fifth of the postseason. He has nine points in the playoffs, good for 10th in the league. He has scored in three of his last five games.

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May 6: Ovechkin is unlikely to face any supplemental discipline for his hit on the Rangers' Dan Girardi in Saturday's Game 4, the Washington Post reports. Girardi was not injured by the hit, but insisted that Ovechkin made contact with his head first. "I didn't feel and I didn't see contact with the head at all," Ovechkin replied. He recieved a minor penalty for the hit, but Ovechkin doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing Monday's crucial Game 5.

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May 5: Ovechkin opened the scoring for the Capitals in Saturday's 3-2, Game 4 win over the Rangers. It was his fourth of the postseason, a mark that leads his team. He was strong in the first period, recording three shots and about six-and-a-half minutes of ice time. But from that point, coach Dale Hunter reined him in and the winger finished with 15:09 of ice. The Caps are far more successful when he skates under 20 minutes a night and for now, Ovie seems to be OK with that ... as long as they're winning, we suspect.

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Apr 30: Ovechkin fired home the game-winning power play goal in Monday's Game 2 victory over the Rangers on Monday; he had seven shots on goal. The goal was Ovechkin's first of the series and came on a laser of a wrist shot that Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist probably did not see. Look for Ovechkin to continue asserting himself in this series if Washington is going to top the Rangers.

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Apr 28: Ovechkin was held with no points in Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Rangers. He finished minus-1 with three hits. He has already become the target for Rangers' faithful who started counting down at the eight-minute mark of each period only to scream "Ovi Sucks!" By the way, those three hits move him into the NHL postseason lead in that category with 34. Not exactly the kind of production you need in your playoff pool. He needs to be better.

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Apr 22: Ovechkin scored the equalizing goal in the third period of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Bruins on Sunday. The goal was just Ovechkin's second of the playoffs and came on a slap shot with 3:52 left in the third period of what was then a 3-2 game. Ovechkin has five playoff points, two goals and three assists. The Caps play the Bruins on Wednesday to see who will advance.

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Apr 19: Ovechkin had an assist on an Alexander Semin goal late in the second period of a 2-1 win over the Bruins on Thursday night. Ovechkin now has 54 career playoff points, good for fifth in Caps franchise history. Ovi led the team in shots Thursday with four, but failed to get one in. He apparently missed a few minutes towards the end of the game due to equipment failure.

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Apr 16: Ovechkin scored 48 seconds into the second period of a 4-3 game three loss to the Bruins on Monday night. He also had an assist on the night. The goal was Ovechkin's first of the playoffs. He had six shots on the night. Ovi's assist was his second in his last two games and helped give the Caps a short-lived lead. The Caps and Bruins resume their slugfest on Thursday.

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Apr 14: Ovechkin tallied an assist Saturday in Washington's 2-1 double-OT win over Boston. He was fully engaged on Saturday, something that was missing from his game earlier in the season. But the fact remains he had seven hits and just a single shot in a Game 1 loss to the Bruins and now has a total of 12 hits to just four shots through two games. The Caps -- and those of you who selected Ovie in playoff formats -- need those two totals to reverse themselves going forward.

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Apr 5: Ovechkin scored his 37th goal of the season in the second period of a 4-2 win over the Panthers on Thursday night. The Caps clinched a playoff berth with the win. Ovechkin has scored four goals in his last six games, although he was scoreless in his previous two games going into Thursday night. He has already scored five goals more than last season, in two fewer games.

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Mar 29: Ovechkin had two assists in the third period of a 3-2 shootout win over the Bruins on Thursday night. Ovechkin now has three two-point games in his last four starts. Ovechkin has been on fire as the season comes to an end. He is performing at a high level, scoring four goals in his last five games. The pressure is on for the Caps and it looks like Ovi is up to the test.

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Mar 25: Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over the Wild on Sunday night. Ovechkin has now scored in five consecutive games and in six of his last seven. Sunday was also Ovi's third two-point game in his last four games. His timing couldn't be any better as the Caps are two points behind the Panthers in the Southeast.

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Mar 23: Ovechkin scored two goals in a 4-3 loss to the Jets on Friday night. Ovi's goals were good for 34 and 35 on the season, placing him eighth in the league. He has now scored six goals in his last four games. Ovechkin is staying hot but the Caps blew a 3-0 lead at the point in the season where it matters most.

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Mar 22: Ovechkin scored 26 seconds into the first period of a 2-1 shootout loss to the Flyers on Thursday night. Ovechkin has now scored in four of his last five games. The goal was Ovi's 33rd of the season, topping his total from last year. The Caps play the Jets on Friday night in what will be consecutive back to backs.

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Mar 19: Ovechkin scored twice in a 5-3 win over the Red Wings on Monday night, upping his goal count to 32 on the season. Both of Ovi's goals came on power plays in the first period. He has now scored in three of his last four games, including two, two-goal games. The Caps next play in Philly on Thursday night.

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Mar 18: Ovechkin scored late in the second period of a 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday night. The goal was Ovechkin's 30th of the season. He now has four goals in his last six games. The Caps play the Red Wings in Detroit on Monday night.

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Mar 15: Ovechkin, who left practice Thursday after a collision with teammate Mike Knuble, will suit up for Friday's game against the Jets, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin was down on the ice for a couple of minutes before leaving Thursday's practice, but coach Dale Hunter said that his star forward did not suffer a head injury and simply "lost his wind" as a result of the collision.

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Mar 15: Ovechkin collided with a teammate during practice Thursday morning and left practice. No word yet on if he will be included on any injury report. Practice video replays show Ovi looking dazed and wobbly as he left the ice. The Caps play tomorrow might in Winnipeg and owners will want to monitor Ovechkin's status as game time approaches.

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Mar 13: Ovechkin scored twice in Tuesday's shootout win over the Islanders, giving him three goals in the last four games. Ovechkin has certainly had his troubles this season, as have the Capitals, but the Average 8 played well in Tuesday's contest, sparking a Washington rally. With the Caps needing him the most, Ovechkin should feel obligated to carry the team, but whether he will is an entirely different matter.

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Mar 8: Ovechkin scored at 4:09 in overtime to give the Caps a 3-2 win over the Lightning on Thursday. The goal was Ovechkin's 27th of the season and his fourth in the last ten games. The Caps are two points behind the Panthers in the Southeast and need Ovechkin to have a strong finish to the season.

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Feb 28: Ovechkin scored in overtime to give the Capitals a 3-2 win over the Islanders on Tuesday night. Ovechkin's goal was number 26, good for 17th in the league. He has four points in his last three games, including two goals.

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Feb 25: Ovechkin picked up two assists Saturday in a win over Toronto. Coach Dale Hunter cut back his ice time in the third when the game appeared to be well in-hand, a sign that the lower-body injury that kept him out earlier in the week isn't quite healed.

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Feb 24: Ovechkin scored in the second period of a 4-1 win over the Canadiens on Friday night. Ovechkin returned to action after missing Wednesday's game against the Senators. The goal was Ovechkin's 25th of the year, good for 19th in the league.

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Feb 24: Ovechkin (lower body) will play Friday against Montreal, Marc Antoine Godin of La Presse reports. Ovechkin missed Wednesday's contest against Ottawa, and he sported a non-contact jersey in practice Thursday. He's still outside of the top 50 in the league in points (45), but his 24 goals are helping fantasy owners. Though owners are likely expecting more, they can now safely insert Ovechkin back into lineups.

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Feb 23: Ovechkin (lower body injury) is day-to-day, according to coach Dale Hunter, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. The Caps will see how Ovechkin feels Friday, but he's decidedly iffy for the team's tilt that evening against Montreal.

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Feb 23: Ovechkin (lower body injury) was sporting a no-contact jersey Thursday morning as he did some skating, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin did not appear to be moving at top speed Thursday, which suggests that he should be considered iffy for Friday's game against the Canadiens.

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Feb 22: Ovechkin (lower body) will miss Wednesday's game against Ottawa, TSN.ca's Brent Wallace reports. At this point, Ovechkin is listed as day-to-day with his unspecified lower body injury.

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Feb 22: Coach Dale Hunter said that Ovechkin is dealing with a lower body injury, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. As a result, Ovechkin's status for Wednesday's game against the Senators is questionable.

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Feb 22: Ovechkin left Wednesday's morning skate (in advance of the Caps' night game against Ottawa) early due to an unspecified issue, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. While the Caps have not reported an injury here, the report notes that while Ovechkin was on the ice Wednesday, he appeared to be testing something out, before pulling up after a few strides and heading off the ice.

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Feb 17: Ovechkin scored a power-play goal early in the third period of a 2-1 win over the Panthers on Friday night. The goal was Ovechkin's 24th of the year. He has four goals in his last six games with six points over that span. Ovechkin had 85 points in 79 games last year but has just 45 points through 54 games this year.

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Feb 9: Ovechkin notched a goal and an assist -- both on the power play -- and scored in the shootout Thursday against the Jets, but the Caps still lost in the skills competition. Despite the loss, he was named first star in his home arena. That's a couple two-point games in a row for Ovie after a couple scoreless games in a row, which is pretty much how his season has gone. He's gone on little runs, but hasn't dominated consistently the way he once did.

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Feb 7: Ovechkin scored two goals in a 4-0 win over the Panthers on Tuesday night. Ovechkin scored a power-play goal in the first period and on a wrist shot in the second. The goals were Ovechkin's 21st and 22nd on the season and came in his third game back from a suspension.

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Feb 3: Ovechkin has served his three-game suspension and will return to action Saturday against Montreal. Ovechkin hasn't played hockey in nine days.

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Jan 24: Ovechkin, currently serving a three-game suspension, says he has chosen not to play in this weekend's All-Star Game, ESPN reports. We'll see if the NHL has something to say about one of its best players choosing to sit out, as Gr8 doesn't appear to be suffering from any sort of ailment, but instead is saying if he's currently banned from league play there's really no use in him playing while on suspension. If anything, this probably removes the rare chance Ovechkin could get hurt in the game, so unless there's any more fallout you can expect to see him on the ice again February 4 against the Canadiens.

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Jan 23: Ovechkin has been suspended three games for his hit on Zbynek Michalek in Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. He left his feet before hitting Michalek into the glass Sunday afternoon and the suspension is yet another impressive measure in a growing list for league discipline czar Brendan Shanhahan. Ovechkin owners should go ahead and reserve him with a short week prior to the All-Star break.

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Jan 22: Ovechkin scored a goal and notched two assists in an overtime loss Sunday against the Penguins. The game ended a cold streak for Ovechkin with just three points in five games. He now has 20 goals and 19 assists in 47 games this year.

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Jan 18: Ovechkin scored a power-play goal in the second period of a 3-0 win over the Canadiens on Wednesday night. The goal was Ovechkin's 19th of the season, good for 18th in the league. After scoring two goals in back-to-back games December 30 and 31, Ovechkin has scored three goals in his last eight games.

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Jan 14: Ovechkin scored on a wrist shot early in the first period of a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay on Friday night. The goal was Ovechkin's 18th of the season and first in four games. His last goal came back on January third. Ovechkin now has 18 goals, good for 15th in the league.

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Jan 3: Ovechkin scored a power play goal in the first period of a 3-1 win over Calgary on Tuesday night. Ovechkin now has a point in seven straight games. The goal was his 17th of the season. He also had an assist in the game, his 16th of the year.

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Dec 31: Ovechkin scored twice Saturday and now has seven in his last eight games, including a six-game point streak (six goals, three assists). He's back -- there's no doubt about it. The rocket is about to launch. Enjoy the ride.

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Dec 31: Ovechkin scored twice on Friday night to help the Capitals to a 3-1 victory over Buffalo. He now has points in five straight games with four goals over that span. He just might be waking from his season-long slumber and now has four goals and three assists over his last five games. One encouraging sign from a fantasy-perspective is that Ovechkin is continuing to shoot the puck a lot as he's fired an average of four shots on net per game in those five games.

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Dec 29: Ovechkin assisted on both of Alexander Semin's goals to help the Caps finish off the Rangers 4-1 on Wednesday night. He now has points in four straight games. Up to this point, it's been arguably Ovechkin's toughest year since he entered the league in 2005. He sits in a tie for 44th place in goals scored with 12 which is not where he usually finds himself. Washington is starting to play a bit better hockey under new head coach Dale Hunter, which should translate into better fantasy numbers for Ovechkin.

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Dec 26: Ovechkin posted his second goal in three games during Monday's 4-2 loss to Buffalo. Ovechkin has three points in the last three games and is showing a semblance of the talent that made him the No. 1 overall pick in most leagues. His numbers remain average, but he has been picking up his pace of late.

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Dec 20: Ovechkin posted his 11th goal of the season in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Nashville, putting seven shots on goal for the second-consecutive game. Those of you in leagues that count shooting percentage aren't too happy with the great 8, as one goal on 14 shots isn't terribly great. However, the shooting percentage might not be the lone reason owners are sour on Ovechkin. His numbers are pedestrian for most players, but his goal Tuesday was a trademark rush around defenders with a finish from close range.

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Dec 18: Ovechkin's disappointing season continued Saturday as he was held off the score sheet in Washington's 2-1 loss at Colorado. He has just two goals in his last 10 games. Ovie has never, ever -- did we say never? -- failed to exceed a point per game over the course of an NHL season, but he's headed for about a 60-point campaign right now (10-12-22 in 31 games). The primary reason for his decline is shooting percentage. Through the 2009-10 season, his career mark was 12.5%; since then, it's a hair under 8.7%, and that's a huge dropoff. We're also a long ways from his days of firing 6 1/2 shots per game (as he did in 2008-09).

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Dec 16: Ovechkin scored his 10th goal of the season with 1:14 remaining in the third period Thursday, breaking a scoreless tie to help the Capitals leave Winnipeg with a 1-0 win. Ovechkin hasn't exactly found his scoring touch since Dale Hunter took over as the Caps' coach, as this was just his second goal to go with three assists in the eight-game-old Hunter era, but it was certainly a big one. Ovie still hasn't had a multi-point game since way back on Nov. 4, the longest such drought of his career.

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Nov 25: Ovechkin scored his first goal at home in a 6-3 loss to the Rangers Friday afternoon. Ovechkin broke a six-game streak without a goal with his lone goal Friday. Ovechkin has had a point in three consecutive games. He has 17 points on the season, good for 50th in the league.

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Nov 21: Ovechkin posted an assist in Monday's 4-3 win over Phoenix, snapping a career-worst four-game points drought. Ovechkin's style of play and refusal to adapt his game has been the subject of much discussion, but a four-game drought from the Great 8 is unheard of. Much like his teammate, Nick Backstrom, we can't see any drought lasting this long again. Ovechkin is off to a rough start and is frustrating owners as much as he is Bruce Boudreau.

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Nov 19: Ovechkin was held off the score sheet Saturday. It was the fourth straight game that he's been held without a point. That matches the longest slump of his career (Feb. 15 - 21, 2007). He looks disengaged and uninterested despite a game-high eight shots. He continues disappoint this season. You can't sit him -- he's Alexander the Gr8. But feel free to complain a lot. You're entitled.

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Nov 12: Ovechkin scored the equalizer in the second period of a 3-1 win over the Devils Friday night. Ovechkin now has at least one point in five of his last six games. He has two goals and three assists during that stretch. Ovechkin looks to be heating up after a slow start to the season that left him with just one goal thru the Caps' first five games.

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Nov 5: Ovechkin sniped his sixth goal of the season in Saturday's loss to the Islanders. He's on a four-game, seven-point scoring streak and has 13 points in 12 games. It's a nice little stretch for Ovie who has seen his ice time drop, particularly in important situations. Earlier in the week, cameras caught Ovechkin muttering obscenities toward his coach, Bruce Boudreau, after being told to sit during a key late-game situation. Boudreau is intent on getting his best players to focus on two-way team play and Ovie is one of his targets. It could make for interesting reading going forward.

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Oct 30: Ovechkin lit the lamp twice, including one tally on the power play, but Washington couldn't slow the vigorous Vancuover offense Saturday in a game won by the Canucks, 7-4. It's no secret that PA announcers haven't been calling Ovie's number quite so often this season. He's still highlight-reel fun on a nightly basis, but he's getting understandable attention from opposing defenses, and his shooting percentage, while better than last year's catastrophic 8.7%, is still well below the marks in his seasons of 50+ goals. He has nine points in as many games so far, and if he wants to return to the 100-point plateau (trust us; he does), he has some catching up to do.

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Oct 14: Ovechkin deflected a Mike Green shot into the net to give the Capitals their first lead of the night in the third period of the Caps overtime win in Pittsburgh Thursday. The goal was Ovechkin's first of the season. This year was the first time in Alex's seven-year career that he had to wait until the third game of the season to score his first goal. The goal was significant because the Penguins scored the equalizer with just 3:45 left in the third period, after peppering the goal with 18 shots in the third period alone.

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Oct 8: Ovechkin has returned to Washington and is expected to be in the lineup Saturday. Ovechkin was in Moscow this past week attending the funeral of his uncle.

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Oct 3: Ovechkin is headed to Moscow following the recent death of his uncle, Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reports. The Caps expect him back in time for the start of the regular season, but will provide any support necessary for him following his loss.

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Sep 25: Ovechkin is in the "best shape" of his career and has approached camp this year in a more business-like manner, reports the Toronto Star. He admitted that last year, he arrived at camp in less than peak form with a strategy of building his fitness for the playoffs. We all know how that turned out. Now, the Caps' strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish says Ovie is ready to go much sooner than he had been in the past. "I already know he's in shape; I can tell," said Nemish. "We've worked several times on the ice and, without a doubt, he's in the best shape I've ever seen him." Ovechkin himself says his body is "perfect" and his business-like approach to camp has the team ready for the season: "I think the expectations are always high for this team, especially now as we get more mature, older and more experienced . . . I think everybody understands it's not time for excuses." He should be in the top few on your list this draft and could finish on top of all categories. He's ready.

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May 6: Ovechkin will join Team Russia at the World Ice Hockey Championship in Slovakia, reports the Associated Press. He had 10 points in nine postseason games and should significantly improve Russia's offense. Russia faces the defending champ, Czech Republic, on Sunday.

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May 4: Ovechkin grabbed an assist in Wednesday's season-ending loss to Tampa Bay, finishing the series with two goals and two assists. Ovechkin played just over 25 minutes in the loss, finishing a plus-1 with five shots on goal. He and the Capitals have fallen woefully short of expectations yet again and it's not helping his reputation as a poor team player that can't get it done in the postseason. Expect another outstanding season followed by a disappointing playoffs next year.

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May 3: Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 Game 3 loss to Tampa Bay. Ovechkin now has goals in back-to-back games and five in the postseason, but his team is still down three games to none. Unless the Caps have a major miracle in them, Ovechkin's season is going to end in the coming days.

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May 1: Ovechkin had a late goal with the goaltender pulled to force overtime, but Washington eventually lost 3-2 and are now down two games to none. Ovie continues to provide timely goals and a lot of production this postseason with seven (4G,3A) points. He is trying all he can to carry the team on his back, but he can't do it all. If he and the boys want to avoid another early exit, they better start with a must-win Game 3.

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Apr 23: Ovechkin had a goal and assist to help push the Caps into the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday. Ovechkin was Mr. relevant in helping his team advance. In five games he had six (3G,3A) points and continues to be the motor that runs the team.

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Apr 18: Ovechkin scored and added a helper Sunday at Madison Square Garden, but it was not enough as the Caps fell 3-2 to the Rangers. Ovechkin continues to build on his strong start to the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. His two points Sunday gives him four (2G,2A) in three games while averaging over 20 minutes of play. He was held to only one shot Sunday and it was a pretty tip on the backhand that tied the game at one. After a very slow start to the season, Ovie has picked it up down the stretch and into the playoffs where it counts.

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Apr 13: Ovechkin scored late in the third period to tie the game before Washington emerged victorious in overtime in Wednesday night's 2-1 win over the Rangers. It wasn't a pretty goal to the tie the game, but it was a big one. The Capitals lead the Rangers 1-0 in the best-of-seven series. Game two is Friday night in Washington.

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Apr 6: Ovechkin struck for a goal and two assists Wednesday night as the Caps dumped the Panthers 5-2. He's now scored a goal in three straight games and has Washington humming along nicely heading into the playoffs.

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Apr 2: Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season and added two helpers in Saturday's win over the Sabres. The goal was the game winner. Alexander the Great is back. He has four points in three games since his return from injury and his 81 points overall are still good enough for sixth in the league. We know it's a disappointment -- you drafted him for 110. But we like his value heading into the postseason -- a Cup could be in the offing.

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Mar 31: Ovechkin registered an assist to help the Caps defeat the Blue Jackets 4-3 in OT Thursday night. It was Ovie's first point since coming off a three-game absence due to a mystery ailment. He saw 20:51 worth of ice time and fired five shots on net. Feel free to get him back into your lineups if you've been holding off until now.

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Mar 29: Ovechkin (undisclosed) returned to the Washington lineup for Tuesday's game against Carolina. Ovechkin played 19:20, had five shots on goal and failed on his shootout attempt. He's safe to activate for the stretch drive.

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Mar 29: Ovechkin (undisclosed injury) returned to the Caps' lineup Tuesday against the Hurricanes. Ovechkin's batteries are presumably recharged heading into the stretch, as the Caps gave him a break from game action (he last played March 18) to rest his late-season aches and pain.

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Mar 28: Ovechkin (undisclosed injury) says that he is ready to play, but it's not his decision as to whether or not he will suit up Tuesday against Carolina, Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reports. Ovechkin's last game was March 18, but it looks like he's ready to go and now it's up to the Caps to decide when to turn him loose for the stretch run.

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Mar 26: Coach Bruce Boudreau said he expects Ovechkin (undisclosed injury) to practice with the rest of the team Monday, The Washington Post reports. Ovechkin skated Friday for the third consecutive day and is ready to progress to full-squad practices with his teammates. If all goes well, he should return to action sometime next week.

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Mar 24: Ovechkin (undisclosed) skated Wednesday and expects to return within 5-to-7 days, the Washington Post reports. This marks a basically identical progression from Ovechkin's initial prognosis, but it's good to see that everything is going as scheduled so far.

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Mar 21: Ovechkin, who will miss Tuesday's game against Philadelphia with what is being described as a nagging, undisclosed ailment, will be sidelined for "a short period of time," NHL.com reports. For his part, Caps GM George McPhee indicated that Ovechkin should be sidelined 7-10 days. "He just needs to take some time off to get completely healed up," McPhee said. It's unclear if that factors in the two days he has already had off since the Caps last played, but either way, this timetable puts the sniper's availability for the team's Friday and Saturday games in some doubt.

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Mar 21: Ovechkin won't travel with the Caps to Philadelphia for Tuesday's game, Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reports. While Ovechkin is not dealing with a specific reported injury, with just one game in six days, evidently the Caps feel that it's a good time for their star to rest his nagging aches and pains.

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Mar 18: Ovechkin grabbed two assists and finished with a plus-3 rating in Friday's win over New Jersey. Ovechkin has been one of the league's hottest players the last month with points in all but two games since February 16.

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Mar 16: Ovechkin scored his 29th goal of the season Wednesday night, but it was not enough as Washington fell to Detroit 3-2. His goal tied the game at 2 apiece in the second period, but Washington couldn't muster anything else after that.

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Mar 11: Ovechkin notched his 28th goal of the season Friday night in a 2-1 Washington win over Carolina. To say Ovechkin's hot would be an understatement. He now has points in seven straight games and 11 of his last 12.

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Mar 9: Ovechkin grabbed two goals and an assist in Wednesday's win over Edmonton, extending a points streak to five games. Ovechkin has been his old self of late with eight points in the last five games. The Caps are making a push for home ice in the first round and the Southeast Division title, so expect this type of production to continue.

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Mar 1: Ovechkin scored the overtime winner Tuesday while adding an assist on Washington's other goal during the win over the Islanders. Ovechkin ended the contest just before the two minute mark of overtime and is playing inspired hockey of late as the Caps hunt down division-leading Tampa. Ovechkin has always finished strong, so more production can be expected from the dynamic star.

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Feb 22: Ovechkin's lone goal coming on the man advantage helped the Caps down the Pens 1-0 Monday. Ovechkin has started to heat up lately as he has points in four (3G,3A) straight. All he ever needs is to bury a few and the flood gates can just explode wide open.

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Feb 21: Ovechkin scored the lone goal Monday in Washington's win over the Penguins. This was Ovechkin's 24th goal of the season. By his standards, he's having an off year, but you still need to have him in your lineup whenever he plays.

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Feb 18: Ovechkin was just one of two Caps to score in the team's 3-2 loss to the Sharks on Thursday night. He also pitched in an assist. Ovechkin now has 60 points (23 G, 27 A) on the season. For most skaters across the league, that would be a great total, but the perennial fantasy stud is in unfamiliar territory this season as the ninth-ranked point producer, so far, in 2010-11.

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Feb 17: Ovechkin delivered a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the Ducks. This was the Russian superstar's first multi-point effort in five games. It's a real possibility that Ovie finishes with a career-low in points this season, but he's still a top weapon in fantasy leagues given his point-per-game average in 2010-11.

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Feb 12: Ovechkin ripped a wrist shot blocker side on Kings' goalie Jonathan Bernier in the first period of Saturday afternoon's game. Ovechkin is the type of player who can put together multi-point games at any given moment and is a bonafide superstar. So even though he has had a tough year considering his track record, you just have to keep rolling with him

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Feb 10: Ovechkin's one-goal, three-assist outburst on February 4 stands as his only performance with points in the last six games. It's been a down year by Ovechkin standards as the player commonly picked No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts is on pace to finish with 81 points this season. You see, Ovie has set the bar so high in recent years that watching him finish with "only" a near point per game average would be a disappointment and a true regression from the 100-point level that we're used to seeing from the Gr8.

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Jan 30: Ovechkin won his third consecutive breakaway challenge, and registered 98.2 mph on his hardest shot in that challenge during the All-Star festivities in Raleigh Saturday, The Washington Post reports. Ovechkin's most impressive breakaway was when he juggled the puck down the ice and then shot it like a baseball bat, hitting it out of the air with the shaft of his stick, although he could not put it in. He did not use props this year for, but he said he was "glad fans like it."

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Jan 22: Ovechkin scored three goals Saturday to give him 19 on the campaign. It was a performance we are used to seeing, but not so much this year. Ovie had two even-strength goals and an empty netter to cap off the 4-1 win. He was plus-3 adding eight shots on goal. Maybe that's what he needed to catch some fire.

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Jan 18: Ovechkin scored his 16th goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to Philadephia. Ovechkin had just one goal in his previous seven games prior to Tuesday. After scoring 56 goals two seasons ago and 50 last season, Ovechkin is on pace to finish 2010-11 season with under 30.

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Jan 16: Ovechkin was held without a point in Sunday's 3-1 win over Ottawa. He is really starting to become a bust for owners who drafted him with the expectations of producing like last season. With a stretch of nine games without a goal and just inconsistent play, Ovie is just not producing like we are accustomed to. Sunday he had three shots on goal, was a plus-1, and had two hits. He currently is pointless in three straight games and has just 45 (15G,30A) points on the year; very disappointing.

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Jan 12: Ovechkin was named to the 2011 All-Star Game in Raleigh and will be accompanied by teammate Mike Green. Ovie's not had a great start to the season, but he is capable of racking up points quickly. Ovechkin may be one of the Captain's, but we will not find out until later in the month. He has only 15 goals and 30 assists with 202 shots, a plus-9 rating and 31 penalty minutes through 43 games. Not what we are accustomed to, but the floodgates may open at any time.

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Jan 12: Ovechkin and the rest of the Caps couldn't muster any offense in a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. He finished the night with a minus-2 rating and only two shots on net.

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Jan 8: Ovechkin picked up a goal and an assist in Saturday's win over Florida. The sniper has three goals in the last five games after going eight games without. But interestingly, it's just his second multi-point game in his last 18 games. That, coupled with news earlier this week that he had recently received a cortisone shot of some sort, lends more credence to the thought he's hiding some sort of injury.

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Jan 1: Ovechkin fired six shots during Saturday's Winter Classic but he was unable to pick up any points in a 3-1 win. He did have a goal but it was waved off when referees decided he had caused incidental contact with goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. He finished minus-1.

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Dec 26: After some minor and major slumps this season, Ovechkin got a few (1G, 1A) points Sunday to snap two slumps he has been in. He has been struggling in the goal scoring consistency column and multi-point games. With no goals in his last eight the Russian winger tallied a goal in the second that eventually was the game-winner. Earlier he set up David Steckel which snapped another streak - 13 straight games with no more than a point - which was zero multi-point games since November 26. Owners need not to worry about production as he will put up points, but be realistic about the situation. Ovie's numbers look like they are going to take a hit this season on the pace he is on, but remember he is one of few players that can catch fire at anytime and rack them up (Something like a kid named Crosby is doing).

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Dec 18: Ovechkin picked up an assist Saturday in a loss to Boston. He had seven shots but couldn't solve Timmy Thomas. He's just not the same player he was last season. He has 11 points in his last 16 games but just two of those were goals. He's still contributing but he's really killing you otherwise. It's not what you'd expect from one of the two two players in the league.

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Dec 16: Ovechkin was able to play Wednesday, three days after taking a shot to the knee in a game against the Rangers. Ovehckin did not put up any points, but he still managed over 25 minutes of ice time in the contest, which is the most he's seen in the past five games. It appears safe to leave the star player in fantasy lineups.

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Dec 12: Ovechkin took a shot from teammate Alex Semin to his right knee area during the third period of Sunday's game against the Rangers. He slowly made it to the Capitals bench, and did not play for the rest of the game, TSN.ca reports. The Caps are off until Wednesday, so there's so time for Gr8 to heal up his wound. He also got into a fight Sunday, perhaps a sign of frustration with the team on a six-game losing streak.

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Dec 11: Ovechkin picked up an assist Saturday. He now has 36 points on the season. We can't help but wonder if he isn't hiding an injury -- 36 points is a nice total but it isn't Gr8-like. There has to be something -- the electricity just isn't as bright of late. He'll spark it up again. No worries.

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Nov 24: Ovechkin assisted on all three Washington goals in a 3-2 win over Carolina on Wednesday night. Washington's had been in quite a funk leading up to Wednesday's win and Ovechkin's poor play has been one of the reasons. Wednesday night was a good sign for Ovechkin's owners.

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Nov 23: Hard to believe that Ovechkin has not been playing at the level we are used to. This is twice this season that he has had a slight slump. He was actually moved to a line with rookie Marcus Johansson and Matt Bradley in Monday's loss. We are just so used to him being productive nightly and he has not scored in four games, adding only two markers in 11. His shots are way down with 34 in his last 11 and has just three points in his last six. Overall he has 26 (10G,16A) points on the campaign with 11 on the man advantage. Owners should not worry but it is strange to see his struggles lately.

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Nov 22: Ovechkin's scoring drought reached four games with a 5-0 loss to New Jersey Monday. To be fair, Washington has been shut out twice during that four game stretch, three of which have been losses. This type of drought may seem monumental in terms of Ovechkin, but Ovie never stays too quiet for long.

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Nov 11: Ovechkin tallied a goal and two assists to add to his total as Washington's offense got on a roll in Thursday's 6-3 win over Tampa Bay. Ovechkin continues to shine with the top line reunited. He finished the night plus-4, adding two shots and a powerplay point.

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Nov 5: Ovechkin tallied an empty net goal and an assist to help the Caps beat Boston 5-3 Friday. Ovechkin continues to put up his usual points after a slight slump. He finished with over 22 minutes of ice time, plus-1, with three shots on goal.

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Oct 31: His recent five-game goalless string just a memory now, Ovechkin scored twice on the power play and added an assist as Washington mauled Calgary Saturday, 7-2. He has three tallies in his last two games, and is back above the point-per-game mark (7-6-13 in 11 games).

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Oct 28: Ovechkin showed up on the stat sheet Wednesday after recording an assist on one of Nicklas Backstrom's two goals, but has gone five games without a goal. Ovie finished the night with five shots on goal, a plus-one rating, and two penalty minutes. Over the last five games, he has not lit the lamp and has just two assists, but on average has taken more shots in the last five. He is too talented to worry about, but consistency is one thing that is currently lacking.

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Oct 23: Ovechkin was held in check by the Thrashers on Saturday, making it three straight games that he's gone pointless. Ovechkin has fired 19 shots on goal and averaged 24:34 of ice time during the mini slump, so it's not as if the perennial fantasy stud is missing out on opportunities to get on the score board. This just goes to show that even the best struggle at times; no need to sound the alarms just yet.

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Oct 13: Ovechkin scored his fourth goal in as many games as Washington squeaked out a 2-1 win over the Islanders on Wednesday evening. He also added a powerplay assist on Nicklas Backstrom's winning goal late in the third period. Ovechkin now has seven points (4G, 3A) in his first four games.

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Oct 11: Ovechkin posted the overtime goal in Monday's 3-2 victory over Ottawa Ovechkin is off to a great start with three goals in as many games. Expect stats like these to be the norm for Ovechkin.

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Oct 9: Ovechkin scored twice and added an assist Saturday against the Devils. He has four points in his first two games and looks as dominant as ever. We don't need to tell you what to do.

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Apr 29: Ovechkin had an assist, but it wasn't enough to avoid elimination as his Capitals lost 2-1 to visiting Montreal in Wednesday series finale. Ovechkin thought he had tallied earlier in the game, which would have tied the score at that point, but the goal was waved off due to a weak goalie interference call. In the end, one blown call doesn't change the fact that Ovechkin and the Caps didn't play with the intensity required to win in the playoffs. No doubt this team will be back in next season's playoffs - until then, there is always golf.

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Apr 28: Ovechkin did not participate in Wednesday morning's skate and did not skate Tuesday either, but he's fully expected to play in Wednesday's Game 7 against the Canadiens, the Washington Post's Tarik El-Bashir reports. Ovechkin would likely need to have a limb or two amputated to keep him out of a Game 7 at home. There is nothing to worry about here.

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Apr 26: Ovechkin finished a minus-1 with eight shots on goal in Monday's Game 6 loss to Montreal. This was the first time in four games Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet. Look for him to have an inspired effort Wednesday at home in Game 7 as the Caps aim to avoid an embarrassing collapse following a stellar season.

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Apr 21: Ovechkin scored twice and added a helper on Wednesday as Washington took a 6-3 decision against the host Canadiens. Ovechkin helped the Capitals take a commanding 3-1 series lead and has elevated his game after a lackluster Game 1 (no shots, no points). He is looking like the dominant player that all NHL teams fear to face. Expect him to continue to factor strongly in all aspects of the Capitals offense during these playoffs.

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Apr 17: Ovechkin rebounded from a flat Game 1 against Montreal with a powerful performance in Game 2 on Saturday night. He scored a goal, set up three and had six shots in an OT win. He was a man possessed early -- he had five hits in the first seven minutes alone. And his third-period work keyed the Caps' rebound to the win. He plays well when he's peeved and showed everyone his no-shot effort in Game 1 was a complete anomaly.

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Apr 9: Ovechkin had two goals and an assist in a win over Atlanta on Friday night. For the fourth time in five NHL seasons, Ovechkin has reached the 50-goal plateau. The Caps haven't showed any signs of resting their regular before the playoffs, but keep an eye out for word of any plans to potentially sit Ovechkin for the regular season finale against Boston on Sunday afternoon.

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Apr 6: Ovechkin scored twice in Tuesday's win over Pittsburgh. Ovechkin now has 48 goals on the season. He and Sidney Crosby are tied for the lead league late in the season.

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Mar 28: Ovechkin netted a goal and added a helper in Sunday's 5-3 loss to Calgary. Ovechkin scored his 46th goal on Sunday and now has 100 or more points for the fourth time in his young career.

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Mar 20: Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal Saturday in his return from suspension. He took a long pass off the boards from Niklas Backstrom, skated in on a breakaway and fired it easily past Tampa's Antero Niittymaki. It was his 45th of the season and his NHL-leading 97th point. Get him back in there.

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Mar 15: Ovechkin has been suspended two games for his hit on Chicago's Brian Campbell on Sunday, the Washington Post reports. Those in weekly leagues will probably have to sit Gr8, as even one game of Ovechkin -- he's eligible to return Saturday at Tampa Bay -- doesn't compare with three or four of an average forward. Ovechkin will miss Tuesday's game at Florida and Thursday's game at Carolina.

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Mar 14: Ovechkin is out of the Capitals' game against Chicago on Monday after receiving a five-minute major and a game misconduct in the first period, the Associated Press reports. Ovechkin received the game misconduct for slamming Blackhawks' defenseman Brian Campbell into the boards from behind.

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Mar 12: Ovechkin set up both Washington goals Friday against Tampa Bay. He's at 96 for the season, six ahead of Henrik Sedin. He has at least two points in his last three games.

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Mar 8: Ovechkin potted two goals Monday against Dallas. He suffered a bit of a mini-slump after returning from Vancouver, with just one point in three games. He had 10 shots on goal in Monday's contest and appears to have shaken any doldrums plaguing him.

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Mar 6: Ovechkin, who was held off the scoresheet Saturday despite firing seven shots, has just one point in three games post-Olympics. He looked tired out there Saturday, falling a half-dozen times. He'll snap back but it looks like there's a bit of a hangover happening here.

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Feb 7: Ovechkin was dominant for the Caps' on Sunday, scoring three goals and recording an assist in 25 minutes of play in a come from behind win over the Penguins. Ovechkin, the leagues leading goal scorer, and the Capitals have been on a tear as of late, winning 14 straight games since mid-January. The hat trick was Ovechkin's first of the season.

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Feb 4: Ovechkin reached 500 points for his career in Thursday's win over the Rangers, scoring twice and adding an assist. He also passed Henrik Sedin for the NHL lead in points - Ovechkin's got 80.

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Jan 31: Ovechkin's 35th goal was the game-winner and extended Washington's win steak to 10 games in Sunday's 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay. Ovechkin also added an assist in Sunday's game. During the Capitals 10-game win streak Alex-the-great has 20 points (8G, 12A).

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Jan 27: Ovechkin notched a goal and a pair of helpers in Wednesday's 5-1 beating of the visiting Ducks. Since Ovechkin became captain on Janunary 5th, Washington has won 11 of 12 games and scored at least four goals in all but one of them. Not only is a great individual player, but it appears his leadership is fantasy productive too.

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Jan 21: Ovechkin collected three points, including two goals and an assist, Thursday night against Pittsburgh. His second-period power play goal knotted the score at three apiece and turned the momentum in the Caps' favor. Chalk this game up as a win not only for Washington over its rival, but also for Ovechkin over Sidney Crosby.

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Jan 17: Ovechkin scored his first career penalty shot goal on his 2,000th career shot to help Washington to a 5-3 victory on Sunday, the Associated Press reports. Ovechkin snapped an 0-for-5 career slump in penalty shots by beating Ray Emery with a backhand move with 4:12 to play. Ovechkin is by far the fastest player to reach 2,000 shots since the NHL started keeping the stat in 1967. He's done it in 4 1/2 seasons?no one else has done it in six. Was the first successful penalty shot cause for celebration? Yes?but mainly because it was Washington's fifth goal of the game, which triggers a promotion that gives wings to all the fans at the game."We just want to give fans free chicken wings and give them free food, you know?" Ovechkin said with a smile. Ovechkin continues to do it all and has 14 points (4G, 10A) in the last six games and 64 points (30G, 34A) in just 40 games.

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Jan 5: Ovechkin will play on Tuesday night despite sitting out the morning skate, CSN Washington reports. There's no injury being reported here, so Tuesday's break appears to be some maintenance for the star winger. Ovechkin was held without a point in his last game against Los Angeles on Saturday.

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Jan 2: Ovechkin fired seven shots at L.A.'s Jonathan Quick on Saturday but came up empty. The Capitals lost. He has played seven games this season where he didn't get a point and the Caps have lost six of them. He does have 187 shots, third-best in the NHL.

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Dec 28: Ovechkin posted his fourth-consecutive multi-point game with a goal and an assist in a loss to Carolina Monday. Ovechkin's buzzing right now and has the Caps near the top of the league standings. He has 11 points in the last four games (5-6-11).

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Dec 23: Ovechkin registered a goal and two assists in Wednesday's win over Buffalo. He's been on fire since returning from injury/suspension, with 14 points in eight games and six goals over that span. As long as backchecking isn't a category in your league, expect this kind of production.

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Dec 20: Treated to a second-intermission tongue-lashing by coach Bruce Boudreau, Ovechkin responded with two goals and an assist in the third period as Washington came back to beat Edmonton on Saturday, 4-2. The two markers bring him to within one of the league lead, and the three points mean that he's now back in the NHL's top five scorers, despite missing more than 20% of his team's games.

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Dec 12: Ovechkin factored in all three Washington goals Saturday. He scored one and set up the other two. He's the best in the league; we don't need to tell you a thing.

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Dec 11: Ovechkin recorded two assists in Friday's win over the Hurricanes. He now has four points (2 G, 2 A) in three games since returning from suspension. Ovie has fallen a bit behind in the scoring race but he still ranks second in the league in goals scored with 20.

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Dec 7: Ovechkin scored twice in Monday's win over Tampa Bay. Ovechkin returned from his two-game suspension following his dirty knee-on-knee hit last week. He picked up where he left off, scoring two of the team's three goals in Monday's win. He's a decent player that may score a few goals.

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Dec 7: Ovechkin will make his return Monday in Tampa Bay, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin is "very excited" to get back on the ice after sitting out two games when he was suspended for a knee-to-knee hit. I am sure all owners are happy to hear that he will not miss additional time because of his knee. Get him back in your lineup.

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Dec 3: Ovechkin (knee) skated again with the team Thursday, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin does not seem to be hurt by the knee-toknee shot. Bruce Boudreau confirmed his winger will return to the lineup Monday in Tampa Bay after the suspension ends.

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Dec 2: Ovechkin (knee) was the first on the ice for practice Wednesday, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin who is battling the sore knee was wearing an orange, no contact jersey. He told the media that the suspension will only fire him up more. This is how he plays, but with two injuries and now this suspension in the first half of this season, the wild bull may want to tone it down a bit and think of his team.

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Dec 1: Ovechkin (knee) has been suspended two games for his knee-on-knee hit of Tim Gleason on Monday night, the Washington Post reports. He was dealing with a little bit of soreness on Tuesday morning, but Ovechkin will get a mandatory two-game rest and miss Thursday's contest against Florida and Saturday's game against the Flyers as a result of the collision. Fortunately for Ovechkin, neither he nor Gleason appear to have suffered a serious injury.

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Dec 1: Ovechkin (knee) is considered day-to-day with a sore knee, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin spoke to the media briefly Tuesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex after a brief skate on his own. He said the right knee is "not that sore." He also mentioned he will "probably" hear from the league disciplinarian Colin Campbell sometime Tuesday. He may face a suspension, and Ovie said, "If it happens, it happens. I can't do nothing about it."

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Dec 1: Ovechkin (knee) skated briefly before the team practiced Tuesday, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin suffered what seemed to be a right knee injury after running into a Carolina player during Monday's game. The Caps or Ovechkin have yet to comment on the injury. When we hear something, you will as well.

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Nov 30: Ovechkin, who left Monday's game with a knee injury, will ice his knee Monday night before heading back to Washington D.C. on Tuesday to be examined, 106.7FM The Fan in D.C. reports. Ovechkin may undergo an MRI to determine whether he sustained any significant damage. It sounds like we may not know many more details until Tuesday, but we'll keep our eye out for any nuggets.

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Nov 30: Ovechkin was helped off the ice on Monday night after a knee-to-knee collision with Carolina's Tim Gleason. No word yet regarding the extent of the damage for Ovechkin, but he was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the collision.

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Nov 28: Ovechkin was the first star of Saturday's shootout win over the Canadiens after scoring his 18th goal of the season and setting up the goal that forced the shootout. The game-tying goal came with 12 seconds left. And he fired eight of the Caps' 23 shots. You know what to do.

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Nov 25: Ovechkin was ejected from Wednesday's game after boarding Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta during the third period, the Associated Press reports. We'll have to wait and see if the league imposes any sort of discipline here. Ovechkin potted his 17th goal of the season during the first period to open the scoring on Wednesday night.

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Nov 21: Ovechkin scored his 16th goal of the season in Saturday's loss to Toronto. The shot was world-class. He took a sweet pass from Mike Green and beat Vesa Toskala with a quick, hard shot at full speed.

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Nov 17: Ovechkin (shoulder) returned to the Washington lineup on Tuesday night against the Rangers and scored a goal. It didn't take him very long to unleash an absolute bomb from the point that New York netminder Henrik Lundqvist had no chance on. It was his only shot in 19:23 of ice time. Activate him right away.

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Nov 17: Ovechkin (shoulder) will play on Tuesday night against the Rangers, Tarik El Bashir of the Washington Post reports. Unless he suffers a last-minute setback during pre-game warmups, Ovechkin will play for the first time since suffering the injury back on Nov. 1 against the Blue Jackets.

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Nov 16: Ovechkin (shoulder) was back on the top line Monday at practice and is likely to return Tuesday in New York, the Washington Post reports. On Ovechkin, Coach Bruce Boudreau said, "As of today he is in." Barring any setbacks, Ovechkin will return to the lineup Tuesday. Check back before Tuesday's game, but looks like number eight will play Tuesday so keep him active.

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Nov 14: Ovechkin (shoulder) will not play on Saturday night, Tarik El Bashir of the Washington Post reports. He's drawing closer to a return, but apparently Ovechkin needs a little more time to heal up before getting back into the mix again.

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Nov 14: Ovechkin (shoulder) stayed on the ice for extra work on Saturday morning, but he's expected to be a game-time decision on Saturday night, the Washington Post reports. Typically, the extra work after the practice is left to players that are going to be scratched that night, but Ovechkin's status will remain up in the air until just prior to game time.

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Nov 14: Ovechkin (shoulder) is expected to play Saturday in New Jersey, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Ovechkin has been coming along nicely in practice this week, participating in all aspects of practice. Check back for a definite word on Ovie's status prior to Saturday evening.

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Nov 13: Ovechkin (shoulder) will not play Friday but is a possibility for Saturday, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin is progressing very well and Bruce Boudreau said "He feels great." During Friday's morning skate he was going full speed and shooting the puck with velocity. He looked like he could go, so do not be surprised if he comes back Saturday. Check back for Saturday's practice updates.

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Nov 11: Ovechkin (shoulder) continues to make progress and is 'questionable' for the weekend, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin will miss Wednesday's game, but may be able to make his return this weekend. Coach Bruce Boudreau hinted he may join the team practice tomorrow and if he gets the okay for him to play, "I got to believe I'm not going to sit him." He elaborated that being cautious is important, so we will continue monitoring the situation.

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Nov 10: Ovechkin (shoulder) skated Tuesday with the strength and conditioning coach before the team practice, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin is expected to miss Wednesday's contest, but GM George McPhee said he was encourageed with his progress. Ovechkin said a bout a week, but that does not mean the raging bull will be held outt his weekend. McPhee said "we will take it a day at a time and go from there."

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Nov 9: Ovechkin (shoulder) said he was joking when he told a reporter that he could be out more than a month, Yahoo Sports! reports. The Capitals star practiced lightly Monday and said he would actually miss about a week. He has been out since Nov. 1st.

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Nov 9: Ovechkin did practice Monday for about the last 15 minutes, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin did a light workout on his own Monday, but his return to the team Wednesday is being very optimistic.

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Nov 7: Ovechkin and his strained left shoulder have been placed on IR, reports the Washington Post. The Capitals are making room on their roster for Eric Fehr. Ovechkin is still eligible to return for Wednesday's game against the Isles, his hopeful return date.

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Nov 5: Ovechkin (shoulder) practiced Thursday , but is expected to miss back-to-back games this weekend, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin's injury is a strain near his left shoulder and as it is improving, he will likely sit out both games against Florida this weekend. There is no reason to rush and risk such an investment back into the lineup, although the team struggled Wednesday without their superstar.

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Nov 4: Ovechkin (upper body) missed Wednesday's morning skate and will miss Wednesday's game, the Washington Post reports. Although Ovechkin will miss his first game of the season, Coach Bruce Boudreau was encouraged my Ovechkin telling him he feels a lot better Wednesday. It is believed that he has a strained left shoulder, but he is not wearing a brace or sling. He will travel with the team and continue receiving treatment from the team's head trainer.

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Nov 3: Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau said that he's hopeful that Ovechkin (upper body) won't be sidelined more than two weeks with his injury, NHL.com reports. It could be significantly less than two weeks, as Ovechkin has only be ruled out of Wednesday's game. Beyond that, it's possible that he'll return to action this week, but for now you'll have to deal with the day-to-day label and very limited insight regarding the specific nature of Ovechkin's injury.

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Nov 3: Ovechkin (upper body) will miss Wednesday's game, but will travel with the team, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin addressed the media Tuesday letting them know his injury is "no better or worse." He went on to add he is not counting out the back-to-back games this weekend against Florida and he wants to be with the team, so he will travel while healing.

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Nov 2: The Capitals are saying Ovechkin is "week-to-week" with an upper-body strain, the Associated Press reports. That's a little worse than originally thought, but Ovechkin is a pretty tough guy, so unless the injury is structural we could see him missing only a couple of games. If you need to make a decision on Monday, it's going to be best to sit him down a week.

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Nov 2: Ovechkin (upper body) will likely miss Wednesday's game Ovechkin told Slava Malamud of Moscow-based Sport-Express, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin did not say where the injury is, but is believed to be the left arm or shoulder. He also told Malamud that the tests came back negative, so the injury is expected not to be too serious. The Caps must be concerned and deal with this injury accordingly. The bull seems like he is untouchable (only missing two games in his career), but looks like the injury bug caught him this time. Bruce Boudreau went on to state that he is likely probable for the weekend and also said he was not sure he would be skating at practice Tuesday.

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Nov 2: Ovechkin (upper body) arrived at the Caps' practice facility on Monday morning, but declined to speak to reporters, the Washington Post reports. The Caps are not practicing on Monday, so it's believed that Ovechkin is receiving treatment for his undisclosed upper body injury. Hopefully, we'll know more regarding his status by Monday afternoon. Beyond that, Washington will practice on Tuesday before returning action on Wednesday night.

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Nov 1: Ovechkin left Sunday's game against Columbus with an undisclosed injury early in the second period, the Associated Press reports. Ovechkin was able to skate off the ice on his own, but his return is questionable. More as we know it.

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Oct 30: Ovechkin scored his 14th goal of the season in Friday's loss to the Islanders. It came on the power play. It's almost shocking when Ovechkin only scores one goal. We have been spoiled by the young sniper's prodigious skills. Count your blessings if you managed to land him this season.

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Oct 29: Ovechkin potted two goals for the second game in a row Thursday, his 12th and 13th on the season. Alexander the Great also added an assist. He's got 22 points in 12 games this year.

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Oct 27: Ovechkin scored twice in Tuesday's win over the Flyers. The Caps star also finished the game a plus-3. In 11 games this season he has 11 goals and 19 points.

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Oct 24: Ovechkin only had an assist against the Islanders on Saturday. We all expect Ovechkin to score multiple goals every time he's on the ice, so we're taken back when he's not lighting the lamp. Nothing to worry about here and his assist did come on the game winning goal in overtime.

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Oct 22: Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet Thursday for the second time all year. It broke a three-game multi-point streak. Unusual to see Washington score five goals without his help.

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Oct 17: Ovechkin posted his second-consecutive two-goal game, scoring twice in Saturday's shootout win over Nashville. Ovechkin's been red hot this season and he's shown himself to be a decent hockey player. Our instincts say to keep an eye on this guy, he could do pretty well this season. He also added a goal in the shootout, something he doesn't do quite often.

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Oct 15: Ovechkin scored two goals and took 13 shots in Thursday's win over the Sharks. Ovechkin has now taken a staggering 55 shots in his first seven games of the year, and has been rewarded with seven goals.

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Oct 12: Ovechkin recorded two assists in Monday's loss to the Devils. He led all skaters with seven shots. When he is not putting the puck in the net himself he is making plays for his teammates. Ovechkin now has 12 points in his first six games. Sit back and enjoy the show.

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Oct 6: Ovechkin had two goals and an assist in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Flyers. Just another day at the office for Ovechkin. The star Russian leads the league early on with five goals, and if he doesn't get injured, it's going to remain that way for the entire season.

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Oct 3: Ovechkin scored a goal and picked up two assists in Saturday's win over Toronto. Two games and six points, plus two minor penalties and a truckload of shots. This guy is a phenomenal fantasy performer; apply liberal amounts to your roster and reap the benefits.

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Oct 1: Ovechkin tallied two goals and an assist in Thursday's season-opening win over the Bruins. Just another day at the office for Ovechkin, who also contributed a +2 and a couple PIMs.

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Sep 23: Ovechkin registered two goals and an assist in Wednesday's 6-2 win over Chicago. Alexander the Great looks to be well into season shape after a strong performance and is even hungrier to make a run at the Cup this season. He will definitely be a top pick in your draft and getting a winger like Mike Knuble may only help him more.

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Jun 19: Ovechkin won the MVP award Thursday night over Evngeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk. He also took the Lester Pearson Award for league's most outstanding player. He's also fantasy's most outstanding player, having potted 46 or more goals each year in his four NHL seasons. He's durable too, missing only four total games in four seasons. If you have him, Malkin, or Sidney Crosby in any keeper league, you're doing pretty well for yourself.

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May 12: Oveckin tallied three assists in Monday's Game 6 victory over Pittsburgh, extending a points streak to six games. Ovie has factored in six of the last eight goals Washington scored against Pittsburgh and Monday marked his second-consecutive three-point effort. He has 20 points (10-10-20) in 13 playoff contests, leading all playoff scorers.

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May 9: Ovechkin was involved in all Washington goals Saturday, scoring twice and setting up another in a 4-3 OT loss to Pittsburgh. He is freakishly strong and fast on his release, and even shots from beyond the tops of the circles become goals. He was a target all night long after Friday's hit on Sergei Gonchar; expect more of the same in Game 6 Monday night.

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May 9: The NHL will take no further action against Ovechkin for his hit on Sergei Gonchar in Game 4, TSN.ca reports. Did you really think the league would suspend its marquee player for a key game in a tight series against two other marquee players? In any matter, Ovechkin will be available for you if you need him for Saturday's pivotal Game 5.

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May 4: Ovechkin posted his first playoff hat trick with three tallies in the Caps' Game 2 win over Pittsburgh Tuesday. It can be argued that Ovechkin is the focal point of the Caps' teams, ergo, it should be easier for teams to key in on him. He's basically unstoppable when playing like this, as the Caps are looking at a 2-0 series lead heading back to the Steel City.

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May 2: Ovechkin came to play Saturday, scoring a goal and firing nine shots in a 3-2, Game 1 win over the Penguins. There are rumors that he's injured -- he apparently flew an athletic therapist in from Russia in the last few days, fuelling thoughts he's suffering from some kind of physical malady. You couldn't tell Saturday, though -- he was as good and as physical as he usually is. The Great 8 was named the game's first star by CBC, who broadcast the game in Canada.

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May 1: Ovechkin practiced Friday, according to the Washington Post. As Coach Boudreau insisted, nothing is wrong with the superstar.

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Apr 30: Ovechkin who did not practice Thursday, is not injured, the Washington Post reports. "He'll be practicing tomorrow, okay," coach Bruce Boudreau said Thursday. "Sometimes his body gets beat up because he plays so much. He just plays a lot. So he needs a little bit more rest than other guys. So he's just resting today." Ovechkin is an electrifying player to begin with, but with his less than cordial relations with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, there's an added layer of intrigue to what already looks like like an exciting Pittsburgh vs. Washington series in Round 2 of the playoffs.

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Apr 30: Ovechkin was not at practice Thursday, the Washington Post reports. A team spokesman said Ovechkin is not hurt, but his absence drew interest considering that the likes of Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and Brooks Laich -- other guys that usually see big minutes -- were all out there skating.

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Apr 29: It was announced on Wednesday that Ovechkin is a finalist for this season's Hart Trophy, the Associated Press reports. Ovechkin was last year's recipient of the the league's most valuable player trophy and has a strong chance of claiming the title yet again. Although he lost his scoring title this season to fellow finalist Evengi Malkin, Ovechkin led the league with 56 goals this season and his undeniable offensive presence on the ice is hard to be ignored.

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Apr 23: Ovechkin scored his first of the playoffs Wednesday, but it was the offense Washington could muster and they fell 2-1 to the host Rangers. Ovechkin played like a man possessed firing a game-high 11 shots on net, notching his first of the postseason and giving an animated pep talk to his club on the bench before the third period began. Unfortunately, the Capitals find themselves down 3-1 in the series to a team that has never lost a series when holding a 3-1 series lead. Going back to Washington for Game 5 will be interesting.

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Apr 20: Ovechkin posted two assists in Monday's Game 3 victory over the Rangers. Maybe it was some inside information he gained while scouting out the Rangers' morning skate. Regardless, he showed himself to be less selfish than in the series' first two games, looking to include his teammates in the action. Ovechkin still has not scored a goal this playoff year.

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Apr 15: Ovechkin had two assists in the Caps' 4-3 loss to the Rangers Wednesday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Ovechkin did not find the back of the net, but put 13 shots on goal in the losing effort. He will need to carry this team on his back in order to advance.

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Apr 11: Ovechkin had a goal and assist in Saturday's 7-4 loss to Florida. Ovechkin had another outstanding season, posting 110 points (56G, 54A), but it was not enough to catch Evgeni Malkin for the league lead. Ovechkin is ready for the playoffs and has been red hot to end the season. That cannot be better news for these Capitals who are the number two seed in the East heading into the playoffs.

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Apr 10: Ovechkin was held pointless in Thursday's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay. Ovechkin registered 11 shots on goal and took another five that missed the net. He now trails Evgeni Malkin, 112 to 108, in the NHL scoring race. Both players have just one game remaining.

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Mar 27: Ovechkin opened and closed the scoring for Washington on Friday and added a pair of helpers as they skated past Tampa Bay 5-3. Ovechkin extended his current point steak to five games and 11 points (4G, 7A) and now has a 100 points (53G, 47A) in 73 games.

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Mar 24: Ovechkin added his 51st goal and an assist Tuesday in a 3-2 shootout loss to Toronto. Ovechkin can very well hit the 60 goal plateau on the season at the pace he is on. He also added a plus-1 rating and seven shots on goal Tuesday.

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Mar 19: Ovechkin tallied his NHL-leading 50th goal and added a pair of assists on Thursday. With the three-point effort, Ovechkin moves past Sidney Crosby in points, 93 to 92, and trails the league-leading Evgeni Malkin by just nine points.

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Mar 17: Ovechkin added a helper in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Florida. Ovechkin added a plus-1 rating and four shots on goal in the win. He now has 90 points on the year and is one goal away from hitting 50.

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Mar 14: Ovechkin moved to within one goal of being the first Capitals' player to ever record three straight 50-goals seasons with his 49th on Saturday night. He also had an assist on the night. With the points, he ran his personal-best point streak to 10 games -- he has seven goals and seven assists in that span.

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Mar 8: Ovechkin (heel) scored his 47th goal of the season in the Capitals' shootout loss to the Penguins Sunday. He played over 25 minutes and seems to have put his bruised heel injury behind him. It's looking like Ovechkin will be the only NHLer to record at least 50 goals this season and he has an outside shot at 60 before the season ends.

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Mar 7: Ovechkin (heel) practiced on Saturday and will return to the Capitals' lineup Sunday against the Penguins, the Associated Press reports. It'll be a must-see game with three of the league's top five players on the same sheet Sunday. Feel confident using Ovechkin after he made it through the Saturday practice without incident.

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Mar 6: Ovechkin (heel) was receiving treatment on Friday and he's "probable" for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, the Washington Post reports. The Caps didn't practice on Friday and we wouldn't be surprised if Ovechkin sat out on Saturday even if there's still a good chance that he'll be back in the lineup against the Penguins.

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Mar 5: Ovechkin missed Thursday night's game against Toronto with a bruised heel, the Associated Press reports. Head coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters earlier in the day that Ovechkin would play, but then scratched the All-Star just before the opening faceoff. Ovechkin is considered day-to-day for now.

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Mar 5: Oveckhkin (foot) will play Thursday against Toronto, the Washington Post. Coach Bruce Boudreau let reporters know this morning that Ovechkin will play tonight, but no further comments were given on the foot.

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Mar 4: Oveckhkin took a puck off the foot in practice Wednesday and was taken off the ice immediately, the Washington Post. Ovechkin was helped off by a trainer and a source has said that the injury is not serious. This comes after the main source watched him smash a couple sticks in frustration on the way to the dressing room.

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Mar 1: Ovechkin registered a goal after the game Sunday against the Panthers was over in a 6-2 loss. Ovechkin tallied his 46th goal of the year, which proved not to be any help for the team as they were down 6-1 late in the third period when he scored. He continues to battle for the top spot in points this year night in and night out.

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Feb 28: Ovechkin tallied a goal in the 4-3 overtime win at Boston Saturday. The league leading 45th goal scored by Ovechkin nets him 81 points on the year. He still has plenty of time at the rate he is scoring to capture another scoring title.

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Feb 24: Ovechkin scored his 44th goal of the season and added an assist in Tuesday's loss to the Flyers. Ovechkin now has goals in five of his last six games. And as he does just about every night, his nine shots on goal were a game high on Tuesday night.

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Feb 22: Ovechkin had nine shots on goal, an assist and scored his 43rd goal of the season on the power-play in Washington's 5-2 throttling of the Penguins Sunday afternoon. He also got into a minor altercation with the Pens' Sidney Crosby but it didn't result in any penalties. That will just add more fuel to the fire in an already intense rivalry between these teams and two of the league's top stars.

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Feb 18: Ovechkin scored his league-leading 42nd goal of the season Wednesday to help lift the Capitals to a 4-3 shootout win at home. Ovechkin's goal was of the unbelievable variety as he stole the puck at the blue line and then made a spin move to get free of a Montreal defender. He then was forced to the ice as Kyle Chipchura tried to mug him before chipping the puck past netminder Carey Price from the seat of his pants. It will be on every highlight reel for the next few days and is likely to be considered one of the better goals of the NHL year.

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Feb 15: Ovechkin scored a power-play goal, an even-strength goal and an empty-net goal to record his third hat trick of the season Sunday. He now has 41 goals and is running away with the goal scoring title.

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Feb 14: Ovechkin netted a goal in the Caps' 5-1 victory over the Lightning Saturday. Ovechkin added a plus-1 rating, five shots on goal, and two penalty minutes in the win. The goal he scored was a quick snap that Mike Mckenna did not even see. He continues to amaze all when he is on the ice.

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Feb 5: Ovechkin was "held" to a goal on nine shots in Thursday's loss to Los Angeles. His third-period score brought the Caps to within a goal of the Kings at 4-3, but goalie Jon Quick came up big against Washington. Ovechkin ranks third in the league with 68 points (37, 31), 11 behind Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin and one behind Sidney Crosby.

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Feb 3: Ovechkin added two helpers in Washington's 5-2 win over New Jersey Tuesday. Ovechkin is leading his team to one of the franchise's best seasons ever and if they can get help nightly from their secondary players, this team has a chance to go deep into the playoffs.

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Feb 1: Ovechkin recorded a hat-trick in Washington's win over Ottawa Sunday. Ovechkin and the offense put up seven goals (one empty netter) and there are no signs of slowing this beast. The Caps have been red hot and if they are scoring at this pace look out!

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Jan 31: Ovechkin scored twice in the third period of Saturday's matinee win over Detroit. The goals came within 1:16 of each other and ultimately put the Caps on top for good. Ovechkin is showing no signs of being bothered by a stinger he suffered earlier this week, so expect the production to keep on flowing.

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Jan 28: Ovechkin (undisclosed) says he is "OK" following a collision in Tuesday's loss to Boston. Ovechkin was able to return Tuesday after crashing into the boards, so there wasn't an overwhelming concern regarding his health. Feel free to start him with confidence.

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Jan 28: Ovechkin was not skating at all Wednesday during practice. Ovechkin returned after suffering an undisclosed injury Tuesday, but there is no word on how serious it may be.

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Jan 27: Ovechkin was injured in the second period of Tuesday's loss to Boston when he fell into the boards after a hook from Zdeno Chara. He returned for the third period and finished the remainder of the game. It appears that all Ovechkin owners can now stop holding their breath. He appears to be fine. We will keep you updated on the situation.

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Jan 24: Ovechkin put his feud with Evgeni Malkin to rest Saturday night during the Breakaway Challenge event at the SuperSkills competition. The two men were thought to hate each other following an off-season incident. But Alexander the Gr8 conscripted Malkin to help him put on an outback hat -- complete with a Canadian flag stuck in the brim -- and gaudy white sunglasses before his final shot. Malkin fuelled Ovie up with sports drink before handing over his hockey stick for Ovie to stickhandle using both sticks. Ovie then tossed his own right-handed stick aside and scored using Malkin's lefty stick. He's the league's best showman and arguably its best player, period.

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Jan 19: Ovechkin scored both goals, including the overtime winner, Monday against the Islanders. Ovechkin is pretty good at hockey. His two goals give him a league-leading 32 with Philadelphia's Jeff Carter idle on Monday. One of the only risks with Ovechkin is whether he will hurt himself one of these days with his reckless celebrations and style of play.

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Jan 14: Ovechkin had two goals and an assist in the Caps' 6-3 win over the Penguins Wednesday. In a much anticpated match-up, Ovechkin was a "Russian Stallion" burying two goals and getting 10 shots on goal. He was fired up all game and helped reel in a win for his squad.

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Jan 3: Ovechkin scored the shorthanded winning goal on Saturday to help the Caps beat the Rangers 2-1. Ovechkin had a game high 9 shots on goal and played his usual 27 plus minutes. Alex the Great just sems to always have an answer and Saturday he put another W in the win column for his team.

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Jan 1: Ovechkin collected a goal and two assists in Thursday's 7-4 win against Tampa Bay. Ovechkin's three-point night on Thursday moved him past Sidney Crosby for second place in the NHL scoring race with Evgeni Malkin squarely in his sights. Malkin leads the NHL with 60 points, with Ovechkin and Crosby trailing behind at 53 and 52 points, respectively. Ovechkin registered "just" four shots on goal Thursday, marking the third time in his last 19 contests he's taken fewer than five shots.

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Dec 26: Ovechkin notched a goal in the Caps' 3-2 win over the Sabres. It proved to be the game-winner, but Ovechkin made it 3-1 before Buffalo struck back to get within one. He played a game-high 24 plus minutes with eight shots on goal. He is playing at an amazingly high level.

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Dec 23: Ovechkin helped the Caps rally to pick up two points against the Rangers Tuesday, with two goals and an assist. Ovechkin was "in the zone" and the announcers actually were quoted by saying "he is possessed." After getting down 4-0 early in the second Alex the Great turned it on. He scored the first goal and then the tying goal that eventually sent the game to overtime. He had a game high 13 shots on goal and was playing just about every other shift in the third period. What a performance!

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Dec 20: Ovechkin had 12 shots Saturday against Antero Niittymaki but couldn't solve the Philadelphia netminder. He failed to pick up a point, snapping his point streak at six games. He may not have gotten points but that shot total is gold in leagues that count that stat. It's the second time this season that Alexander the Gr8 has fired 12 shots and the fourth time he's hit double digits in that category.

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Dec 18: Ovechkin added a goal in Washington's 4-2 win over St. Louis on Thursday. Ovechkin had his usual team high of seven shots on goal, and actually played more than Mike Green Thursday, with 22 plus minutes.

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Dec 16: Ovechkin scored twice, including the game-winner in overtime in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Islanders. Ovechkin finished the night a plus-2 and registered a game high six shots on goal. He has five goals in his last four games.

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Dec 13: Ovechkin assisted on a goal Saturday in the Caps' 2-1 win over the Canadiens. Well add another point to the timesheet for Ovechkin. He just keeps on going and going. He also made some great plays at the end of the game to keep the Canadiens from getting an extra attacker on the ice.

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Dec 12: Ovechkin tickled the twine twice in a 5-1 win over the Senators on Friday. Alexander the Great has lived up to his moniker, scoring 15 goals in the past 17 games.

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Dec 10: Ovechkin had a goal (empty netter) and assist in the Caps' 3-1 win over the Bruins on Wednesday. Ovechkin again led the team in shots on goal with five, and is back on his regular line with the return of the other Alexander (Semin). It was huge to get back Semin and blueliner Tom Poti. Ovechkin now has 37 points (15G, 22A) in 27 games this season.

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Dec 7: Ovechkin did have a helper in the 3-1 loss to Carolina on Sunday While playing a team high 26 plus minutes, Ovechkin also had a team high 11 shots on goal. The team did manage to get 39 shots on goal, out shooting Carolina by 14, but the problem was three of theirs went in. Ovechkin must be anxious to get his normal linemates back, and will hopefully be sometime this upcoming week.

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Dec 4: Ovechkin entered the first period late Thursday (undisclosed injury) and lit the lamp for the first goal of the game and added two assists in the Caps 5-2 win over the Isles. Ovechkin again led the team with 11 shots on goal, and led the way with three points. He has been pretty unstoppable lately, considering with all his star teammates out nursing injuries, this team has kept itself together pretty well.

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Dec 4: After missing part of the first period of Thursday's game with an undisclosed injury, Ovechkin returned to the ice for the beginning of the second session. More news about the injury should be available after the game, but it is very encouraging to see Ovechkin return to the contest.

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Dec 2: Ovechkin again led the team with seven shots on goal and added a helper, in their 5-3 loss against Florida on Tuesday. Ovechkin also played a team high 25 plus minutes put they could not hold off Florida Tuesday. Jose Theodore was not at his best, but the offense out shot Florida 26-21. The injuries that have plagued the team are really starting to show, and although he is Alexander the Great, he cannot do it night in and night out without more help.

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Nov 29: Ovechkin led the Caps with six shots on goal in their shutout loss in Columbus on Saturday. Ovechkin's 10 game point streak came to an end Saturday in Columbus. The 20 year old netminder for Columbus, Steve Mason, was brilliant. It looked like the whole team was dragging during the game, and they will get a well needed day off tomorrow.

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Nov 28: Ovechkin scored in Friday's win over Montreal giving him goals in three consecutive games and five goals in that span. Of even more interest is the fact that Ovechkin extended a points streak to 10 games. In those 10 games, all but four contests have resulted in multi-point efforts. This guy is pretty good and should continue to produce.

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Nov 26: Ovechkin had a hat trick and added a helper in Washington's 5-3 win in Atlanta Wednesday. Ovechkin had another huge night Wednesday, with four points adding to his 17 over the last eight games. That gives him 21 in nine games, and the kid is back to putting up amazing totals like last year.

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Nov 24: Ovechkin netted his ninth goal of the season in Monday's 4-3 loss to Minnesota. The goal stretches Ovechkin's scoring streak to eight games. After a slow start to the season (for him), Alexander the Great has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) during his eight-game streak.

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Nov 20: Ovechkin had his goal streak snapped in L.A. on Thursday, notching a helper in a 5-2 losing effort. Ovechkin seemed to be off his game all evening. He just was not skating as smooth and quick as usual, and fanned on a few shots. Let's say it was not his worst performance of the year, but not his best. Give credit to the Kings who really shut him down. He still had a team high 5 shots on goal, but they were limited to only 21 total shots.

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Nov 19: Ovechkin continued his goal streak Wednesday in Washington's 6-4 win in Anaheim. He also added three helpers. With Ovechkin filling up the statsheet, I can only imagine the point totals when he gets back his Russian teammates Alexander Semin and Sergei Fedorov. This squad has been scoring by the truckload and if they can continue they will be scary came playoff time.

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Nov 15: Ovechkin peppered New Jersey's Scott Clemmensen with 11 shots Saturday night. He scored two goals -- including the game winner with one second remaining -- and set up another in a 5-4 win. It's Alexander the Gr8's fourth straight multi-point effort and fifth in six games. His current roll -- 10 points in four games -- illustrates his ability to dominate on the ice and in the fantasy arena. Pure fantasy gold; no, platinum.

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Nov 14: Ovechkin iced Friday's contest with an empty net goal and added an assist. As long as he continues to put up points, the Caps will have a better chance to win. This is two games in a row he has had or been tied for most shots on goal, and another multi-point performance. He now has five goals and ten assists on the season.

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Nov 12: Ovechkin scored a goal and posted two assists in Wednesday's onslaught of the Hurricanes. It all started with a two on one with Alexnder Semin, who sent the puck cross ice to Ovechkin who put a "one for the highlights" move on the goaltender and slid the puck in. From then on it was dominance by his line. They were responsible for four goals and the fifth they were on the ice for a powerplay. Let's hope this begins to get him going and he never looks back.

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Nov 10: Ovechkin posted a goal and an assist in Monday's win over Tampa, giving him five points in the last three games. Alex the Great has started to heat up after a lukewarm start (which would be normal for most players). The goal was his first in a month, so we feel comfortable saying that Ovechkin will score before December begins. You know what to do.

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Nov 6: Ovechkin registered assists in Thursday's 3-2 win against Carolina. The multi-assist effort was his first in the regular season since he got two in Atlanta back on March 21. Ovechkin had only three helpers (and five points) in eight games before leaving for Russia. Thursday night figures to be his breakout night.

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Nov 4: Oveckhkin returns to the lineup Tuesday in Ottawa. It has been reported he has looked sharp in practice both Monday and Tuesday morning and brought back some enthusiasm to the team. This was reported by the Washington Post. Ovechkin is the soul and leader of this team and without him it has been evident. The Caps have looked terrible in the two losses while he was out. This team needs a spark with three games this week, while losing three out of their last five. Ovechkin has not been himself and hopefully the trip to Russia has not taken his mind off of hockey as he took care of his sick grandfather. Point being; the Caps need more offense, as Jose Theodore has done all he can and more to give them a chance to win games. Let us hope his break from the ice will help him get going.

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Nov 4: After missing the previous two games, Ovechkin will be back in the lineup on Tuesday when the Capitals take on the Senators. Ovechkin spent six days in Russia to be with his ailing grandfather but returned to practice on Monday. Ovechkin is off to a slow start, but don't expect him to be down for long. Fantasy owners should be sure to get Ovechkin back in their lineup in time for Tuesday's game.

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Nov 3: Ovechkin returned to practice on Monday after being away from the Capitals for six days to tend to his ill grandfather in Russia. Ovechkin is expected to play Tuesday night against Ottawa. He's off to a bit of a slow start to this season's campaign with only two goals through eight games.

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Oct 31: Ovechkin (personal reasons) has officially been ruled out of Saturday's game at Buffalo, according to Buffalo's WGR Radio. He is expected to return to practice on Monday and is likely to play in Tuesday's game. Ovechkin is currently in Russia spending time with his ailing grandfather.

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Oct 27: Ovechkin could miss two games while he returns home to be with his ailing grandfather in Russia, the Washington Post reports. During the last 48 hours, his grandfather's health has taken an unfortunate turn for the worse. Ovechkin is set to return to the States on Sunday, which effectively knocks him out of Saturday's game against the Sabres.

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Oct 27: Ovechkin returned to Russia on Monday to be with his ailing grandfather, and will not play Tuesday against the Predators, the Washington Times reports. This will be just his second missed game in his four-year career, and he isn't expected to miss any more time than Tuesday's tilt with Nashville. Brooks Laich will take his spot on the Caps' first-line.

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Oct 21: Ovechkin notched an assist on Tuesday in Calgary, but continues his slump. Ovechkin played just under 25 minutes and had only four shots on goal, which is not too impressive. Tuesday was the first time that Coach Boudreau shifted the lines up, but he needs to snap out of this and start putting goals in the back of the net.

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Oct 18: Ovechkin tallied an assist Saturday but continues to struggle picking up points. He has just three points in his first five games and his shooting percentage (below 10 percent) is well off last year's pace of 14.6. It's only a matter of time before he scores in bunches but this has got to be frustrating for fantasy owners hoping for a hot start. Keep an eye on his PIMs, though. He already has eight PIMs in five games, a number that projects to more than 130 over the course of a season. Last year, he had 40.

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Oct 11: Ovechkin (groin) scored twice in Washington's 4-2 win over Chicago Saturday night. He fired six shots, picked up a minor penalty and finished at plus-2, and skated to chants of "M-V-P" every time he hit the ice. He's poised for an outstanding year -- you know what to do.

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Oct 11: Ovechkin (upper leg/groin) played over 23 minutes and took six shots in the Caps' season opener on Friday night. He missed a penalty shot opportunity against Kari Lehtonen in the third period, so Ovechkin missed a golden opportunity to get on the score sheet in the 7-4 loss. Considering that he went consecutive games without a point just twice last season, Ovechkin is a good bet to do some damage against Chicago on Saturday night.

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Oct 8: Ovechkin (upper leg/groin) is expected to play in the season opener on Friday, the Washington Post reports. He left practice early on Tuesday and the team was not on the ice Wednesday, but it sounds like the league's reigning scoring champ will be ready to go when the first puck drops for the Caps on Friday.

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Oct 7: Ovechkin left Tuesday's morning practice after just 15 minutes, the Washington Post reports. This sounds like a precautionary move more than anything else, as Ovechkin wasn't visibly limping when he was walking around the locker room Tuesday. We'll keep an ear open for word of anything else going on here, but expect him to be fine for the season opener unless you hear otherwise.

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Oct 3: Ovechkin opened the game with a short-handed goal and added a pair of helpers as Washington won 5-1 on Friday evening. Ovechkin was plus-2 on eight shots, Ovechkin will be hard pressed to improve on last season's 112 points (65G, 47A), but expect him to be close with possibly more assists.

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Sep 25: Ovechkin netted two goals, one coming from a penalty shot, and an assist in Washington's 5-2 victory over Carolina Thursday. There is not much more we can say about this kid. He is one heck of a player, with the skill set to be at the top of the league in scoring for years to come. He is not only a team player, but a force on offense. He is topping the charts as the top pick in fantasy drafts and not much argument about it.

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Jun 13: Ovechkin took home the Hart Trophy on Thursday when he was named NHL MVP, the Associated Press reports. He also took home the Lester B. Pearson Award as the players' choice for most outstanding player. Ovechkin was easily the MVP in reality and fantasy this season.

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Jun 11: The Capitals have already scheduled a celebration party for Ovechkin if he wins the Hart Trophy, the Associated Press reports. Ovechkin is the odds-on favorite to win the MVP award when the NHL holds its annual awards dinner on Thursday. Ovechkin is in need of a new trophy case, having already captured the Rocket Richard Trophy as well as the Art Ross Trophy. Expect the highest scoring player in the NHL to be at the top of draft boards next season.

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Jun 7: The NHL is backpedaling like crazy after its official online store briefly featured Ovechkin t-shirts with the phrase "2007-08 Hart Trophy winner", reports the Toronto Star. The incident happened Friday afternoon. The shirts came down mighty quick with the league finger-pointing at a third-party distributor -- after all, they said, t-shirts are created for every possible award outcome and the wrong ones are destroyed later. The awards will be handed out June 12 and we seriously doubt these shirts will need to be destroyed.

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May 18: Ovechkin was named to the Media All-Star team at the 2008 IIHF World Championship which concluded Sunday. He also earned a gold medal with Russia's overtime win over Canada. This guy is a stud and even Canadian fans depressed by the loss couldn't help but smile for this gap-toothed scorer -- he brings immeasurable enthusiasm to every moment on the ice. He's the first Russian player to capture the hearts of North American hockey fans. Deservedly so.

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Apr 28: Ovechkin will play with Russia at the IIHF World Hockey Championship, according to the Canadien Press. Russia will be looking to impress after settling for bronze in last year's World Championship. Ovechkin finished the regular season leading the league in both points and goals, with 112 and 65, respectively.

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Apr 22: Ovechkin picked up a goal and an assist in Tuesday' 3-2 overtime Game 7 loss to the Flyers. Ovechkin assisted on Nicklas Backstrom's power-play marker in the first period and he added a goal of his own late in the second. He led all players with nine shots on goal in Tuesday's game. He finishes his first playoff series with four goals and five assists in seven games.

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Apr 21: Ovechkin carried the Capitals by scoring the team's last two goals and putting nine shots on net during Monday's 4-2 victory over Philadelphia in Game 6. While the two goals are great, it's the nine shots that fully indicate that Ovechkin is back to his usual self; though he only mustered 13 shots through the first four games of the series (which included a double overtime game), he now has 15 in his last two games. Look out for an inspired performance by the likely league MVP in Game 7 on Tuesday in Washington.

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Apr 20: Though Ovechkin didn't register a point in Washington's 3-2 Game 5 victory, he finished with a series-high six shots and picked up three hits in the game. Despite Ovechkin's contributions, if you picked him up in your playoff pool, you're looking for goals and assists out of the MVP candidate. With the series on the line again on Monday night, look for Ovechkin to shine.

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Apr 18: Ovechkin had two assists and a minus-1 rating on only one shot in 28 minutes of ice time during Thursday's 4-3 two-overtime loss in Game 4 to the Flyers. To highlight how great of a defensive job the Flyers are doing on Ovechkin, they held the league leader in shots on goal, at 5.4 per game, to only one shot in almost four-and-a-half periods of action. Ovechkin is going to need to step it up and play like and MVP, carrying his team on his back, if the Capitals are going to rally to win the last three games of the series.

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Apr 11: Ovechkin continued his MVP-caliber play by netting the game-winning goal against the Flyers in Friday's 5-4 Game 1 victory. After virtually locking up the Hart Trophy during the regular season, Ovechkin started his run at the Conn Smythe Trophy on Friday. If the Capitals, continue to win, expect Ovechkin to put up the same stats he did during the regular season.

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Apr 5: While he was held pointless Saturday, Ovechkin has all but guaranteed himself the Hart trophy as league MVP by carrying the Capitals to their first playoff berth since 2003. Hockey pundits, particularly in Canada, have spent the last few weeks suggesting Alexander the Gr8 wouldn't get a true shot at the Hart (no matter how awesome his season) if he didn't get his team into the postseason. We think he's pretty much shut those guys up. He's an interesting roll in the playoffs; his success will be tied to the Caps' ability to play their attack game in a much more intense defensive environment.

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Apr 3: Ovechkin set the NHL single-season record for goals by a left winger on Thursday, scoring twice to give him 65 goals. He broke the NHL record formerly held by Luc Robitaille, helping the Capitals move into eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 4-1 win over Tampa Bay. Ovechkin leads the league in scoring with 112 points (65,47).

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Mar 29: Ovechkin notched a goal and an assist in Saturday's 3-0 victory over the Panthers. The goal was his 62nd of the season. Wow. Fantasy goodness.

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Mar 26: Ovechkin scored a Washington-record 61st goal on Tuesday against Carolina, surpassing Dennis Maruk's record of 60 set in 1981-82. With five games left in the season against Southeast Division opponents who have been letting in reams of goals this year, Ovechkin might be the best fantasy play in the NHL over the last week and a half of the season. His next quest might be to surpass Maruk's record of 136 points, set that season, though he's not close this year with only 46 assists

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Mar 21: Ovechkin became the first NHL player in 20 years to score 60 goals when he potted two Friday night against Atlanta. He also added two assists and was plus-4 on the night in a 5-3 come-from-behind win. No one had hit the mark since the 1995-1996 season when two Penguins -- Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr -- both did it. Alexander the Gr8's previous best was 52. And his 106 points equals his previous career best, too. He's trying to lift his team into the playoffs; a Hart trophy will be all but guaranteed if he does.

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Mar 19: Ovechkin is expected to play on Wednesday night against Chicago despite being hit in the foot by a shot on Tuesday against the Predators, the Washington Post reports. Barring last-minute swelling during the pre-game skate, look for the league's leading scorer to be in action against the Hawks on Wednesday.

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Mar 18: Ovechkin picked up a goal and two assists in Tuesday's win over Nashville. The three points on Tuesday push Ovechkin's season total to 102. He has 58 goals. His career high in points is 106 which was set in 2005-06.

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Mar 14: Ovechkin registered a goal and a helper in Friday's victory over Atlanta, extending a points streak to eight games. The man has simply been unstoppable lately, of those eight games, six have been mutli-point efforts and his assault on 60 goals is almost complete. However, Ovechkin's play likely will not be enough to get the Caps into the playoffs.

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Mar 12: Ovechkin potted two power-play goals in the Capitals' 3-2 win over the Flames Wednesday. Ovechkin put 11 shots on Miikka Kiprusoff on the night and put two big ones in the back of the net. Ovechkin now has 56 goals and 42 assists in 71 games this season.

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Mar 10: Ovechkin was named the first star of the week. This the the fourth time Ovechkin has won the award this season and he was also named first star for the month of January. If he can lead the Caps into the playoffs, he might just be named MVP of the league.

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Mar 3: Ovechkin's hat trick helped Washington skate past Boston 10-2 on Monday evening. Ovechkin also added a pair of helpers and now has seven points in his last two games (4G, 3A) which is a many as he had in his previous eight games (1G, 6A). Alexander the Great now has 90 points (52G, 38A) including 28 points on the power play (18G, 10A). He tied his career high in goals and is the first in the NHL to 50 goals this season.

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Mar 1: Ovechkin snapped a seven-game goal drought Saturday with his 49th of the season. He also picked up an assist in a 3-2 loss to Toronto. He has 85 points this season and could actually be one of the first guys to hit 70 goals since Teemu Selanne and Alexander Mogilny did it in 1992-93. You know what to do.

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Feb 29: Ovechkin failed to score for the sixth straight game Friday, only registering an assist in the 4-0 win over New Jersey. Ovie won't be quiet for too long, as this is certainly an abberation. Look for him to bounce back and be tearing up the league in no time. The silver lining is that in this slump, Ovechkin has five helpers in the past four games.

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Feb 10: Ovechkin broke his "slump" Sunday with his 47th goal of the year and a pair of assists. Prior to Sunday's game, Ovechkin had three points in four games ? the first time that's happened since early November. The signs are good for even more success this week as the Caps travel to face defensively inept Atlanta and Tampa Bay.

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Feb 8: Ovechkin was held pointless for the second time in four games in Friday's loss to Carolina. If this guy is as good as everyone says he is, he would have a point every game. Is this really the type of player you want for your fantasy team? Someone who goes pointless twice in a four game span sandwiched between three game winning goals and a five-point outburst. He only has 73 points and 46 goals in 55 games, so ask yourself, is he the player you want on your team? We thought so.

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Feb 3: Ovechkin was held pointless in Saturday's loss to Atlanta despite launching seven shots on goal. No goals on seven shots, man, this guy really is not that good. If we had to guess, Ovechkin won't have too many pointless, let alone goalless nights the remainder of the season. He's probably the best player in the league right, so enjoy the ride.

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Jan 31: Ovechkin collected four goals Thursday night for the second time this season. The superstar reached the 40-goal mark for the third time in as many NHL campaigns. He netted his fourth and final goal in overtime, earning his sixth game-winning score of the year. Ovechkin also assisted on the other Caps goal in the 5-4 win over Montreal.

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Jan 26: Ovechkin won the breakaway challenge in the NHL's SuperSkills competition Saturday night. A panel of judges awarded him the most points (for creativity) despite missing on both his shots. In each attempt, he scooped the puck off the ice, flipped it up and attempted to bat the puck into the net baseball style. His second attempt even included a spinerama move while the puck was in the air and before the big swing.

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Jan 24: Ovechkin failed to score a goal for the first time in seven games Thursday night against Toronto. Of course he did tally a pair of helpers to extend his point streak to seven games, during which the talented Russian has scored seven goals and six assists.

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Jan 21: Ovechkin tickled the twine twice and scored during the shootout to lead Washington to a 6-5 come-from-behind win over Pittsburgh on Monday evening. Ovechkin (38G, 24A) also added a helper, took 11 shots on goal and has now scored in five straight games (6G, 4A).

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Jan 20: Ovechkin had a goal and an assist on nine shots during Saturday's 5-3 win over Florida. Ovechkin leads the NHL in shots by a wide margin, and it doesn't look like the big contract he signed is slowing down his production at all.

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Jan 17: Ovechkin rang up his 35th goal and added an assist Thursday night against Edmonton. With five points (2,3) in his last three games, it appears that Ovechkin will avoid any hint of a post monster-contract slump.

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Jan 10: The Capitals signed Ovechkin to a 13-year, $124 million contract extension, the Associated Press reports. Ovechkin was to be a restricted free agent after the season, and there was must speculation as to how his deal would compare to Sidney Crosby's five-year, $43.5 million pact signed before the season, and whether he would be headed out of town. This deal will take Ovechkin through almost his 36th birthday, and in what may be a coup for Washington, could end up well below market value if the NHL continues to flourish.

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Jan 5: Ovechkin netted two goals in Washington's 5-4 overtime win over the Canadiens. This snapped Ovechkin's two-game scoreless streak -- which is as long of a streak he has gone without scoring this entire season.

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Dec 29: Ovechkin (cut) delivered a four-goal, five-point night Saturday in a wild 8-6 win over the Senators. Ya, this guy is fantasy gold. But sometimes, you just want to sit back and watch him make his moves. Saturday's game was a visual treat, a throwback to the 1980s Edmonton Oilers kind of hockey. Sweet. Ovechkin is quickly hauling in Ilya Kovalchuk for the league lead in goals.

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Dec 28: Ovechkin left Thursday's contest early in the third period to get several stitches to repair a cut on his leg and did not return, the Associated Press reports. He will, however, play on Saturday in Ottawa, the Washington Post reports. He limped to the locker room under his own power. The injury is not serious, so expect Ovechkin back shortly.

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Dec 17: Ovechkin scored his 11th power play goal of the season, but Washington fell 4-3 in a shootout on Monday evening. Ovechkin has 12 points (7G, 5A) in his last 10 games and has 39 points (24G, 15A) and 195 shots in 34 games.

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Dec 15: Ovechkin was cut when he got hit in the face by the Lightning's Filip Kuba in Saturday's game. No worries -- he didn't really miss a beat.

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Dec 14: Ovechkin posted his 23rd goal of the season in Friday's loss to Buffalo. He has points in 16 of his last 17 games with 13 goals in that span. In our expert opinion, we think Ovechkin would be a good person to keep in your lineup. Something tells us this guy is going to produce. Ovechkin has been the lone bright spot in the nation's capital and continues to get on the scoresheet despite being the only viable scoring threat on one of the league's worst teams.

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Dec 1: Ovechkin scored his 20th goal of the season in Saturday's win over the Panthers. It was the game winner. He also assisted on the Caps' other goal. He's on a sizzling 60-goal pace -- imagine what he could accomplish with a stronger supporting cast.

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Nov 30: Ovechkin scored twice in the Caps' loss to Carolina Friday. The star youngster continues to be among the league leaders in goals and he had a goal disallowed in the first period. Not that you need any advice on where to put Ovechkin in your lineup, but enjoy the ride. His value is even higher in leagues that count shots on goal.

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Nov 26: Ovechkin scored his 17th goal of the season, but Washington fell 3-1 to Buffalo on Monday. Ovechkin extended his current scoring streak to nine games (8G, 3A) and has 27 points in 24 games this season.

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Nov 24: Ovechkin stretched his point streak to eight games and 10 points with two goals Saturday against the Hurricanes. Alexander the Great has 16 goals and 26 points in 23 games so far. You know what to do -- we don't need to tell you.

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Nov 15: Ovechkin netted his 12th goal of the season Thursday night against the Panthers. It doesn't seem to matter whether his team is winning or losing -- the Caps have lost 12 of their last 15 -- as Ovechkin continues to produce. He now has 20 points (12,8) in 18 games.

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Nov 8: Ovechkin reached double digits with 10 shots on goal Thursday night in a surprising 4-1 win at Ottawa. Ovechkin scored a goal and added a power-play assist, giving him 18 points (10,8) in 16 games.

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Oct 29: Ovechkin tickled the twine twice as Washington spanked Toronto 7-1 on Monday evening. Ovechkin has turned up the scoring touch as he has two or more points in his last four games (4G, 5A) and has 15 points (8G, 7A) in 11 games this season.

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Oct 26: Ovechkin scored one and added an assist in Friday's loss to Vancouver. Ovechkin has five points in the past two games and has just one game where he failed to register a point. He's has the potential to be one of the league leaders in points, goals and shots.

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Oct 24: Ovechkin scored one and assisted on two others to help power the Capitals past the visiting Lightning 5-3 on Wednesday. his first assist helped Chris Clark find the back of the net for the first time this season, while his second assist was a nifty thread-the-needle pass setting up Dave Steckel's first NHL goal. Ovechkin makes everyone around him better and should be cemented into starting lineups.

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Oct 20: Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet in Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh. It's the first time this season he hasn't potted at least a single point. Not even the very best can get points every night. He remains a mandatory play.

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Oct 20: Ovechkin (undisclosed injury) received 24:19 of ice time on Thursday against the Islanders, scoring a goal in the 5-2 loss. It looks like Ovechkin is just fine. He has a point in each of Washington's first six games, and is likely to continue the trend against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins on Saturday.

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Oct 16: Ovechkin, who has an undisclosed minor injury, left Monday's practice after only a few minutes but is expected to be in the lineup on Thursday, the Washington Post reports. Ah, the dreaded "undisclosed minor injury" to your superstar. Ovechkin has proven to be durable over his first two seasons, so we're pretty confident he'll be in the lineup Thursday.

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Oct 12: Ovechkin scored his second goal of the season in Friday's loss to the Rangers. He's off to a relative slow start with just four points in as many games. Alexander the Great is starting to find his rhythm with his new linemates. And when he does, look out.

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Oct 7: Ovechkin's game-winning goal on Saturday was his 200th career point in only his 165th career game. Maybe even more importantly, Ovechkin has shown a renewed commitment to defense this season, and is a plus-2 in two games. He should once again have a stellar season in 2007-08.

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Sep 17: Ovechkin has been skating alongside Viktor Kozlov almost exclusively this preseason, rather than Michael Nylander, the Washington Post reports. It was expected that Nylander would center Ovechkin's line to start the season, with Kozlov possibly on the right wing, but if these line combinations stick, it will be interesting to see how well Alex clicks with his countryman and Olympic linemate.

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Apr 7: Ovechkin, who was held off the scoresheet in Saturday's season finale against Buffalo, finishes the season leading Washington in goals, assists and points. Alex has 46 goals and an equal number of assists to give him 92 points on the season. He also led the Caps in game-winning goals (eight) and was second in power-play points (37). Sure, his point total is down from last season but he continues to pretty much single-handedly carry the top line in the U.S. Capital. We can only imagine what his totals would be should the team get him a proper set-up man.

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Apr 4: Ovechkin potted two goals during Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Thrashers. Ovechkin, who has 44 goals and 46 assists, will easily fall short of the 52 goals and 54 assists he tallied in his rookie year. Still, it's been a successful season for the Russian sophomore, and if the Caps can put any kind of a top line center and wing next to him next season, he could see a boost in his production.

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Mar 27: Ovechkin set up the Caps' first goal of the game Tuesday night but was held scoreless the rest of the way against Pittsburgh. Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby exchanged words after Ovechkin checked the Pittsburgh forward along the boards in the third period of Tuesday's game. Ovechkin finished the season series against the Penguins with no goals and three assists in four games.

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Mar 24: Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet in Saturday's loss to the Canadiens. He also finished at minus-2. He has just two points in his last five games and six in his last 11 but he's not the kind of man you can safely sit. Sure, the Caps are a weak team and Ovechkin misses Danius Zubrus, but he's an explosive game breaker.

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Mar 22: Ovechkin scored his 42nd and 43rd goals of the season Thursday night in a 4-3 loss to Carolina. Ovechkin hadn't scored in his last four games so this was a good sign for him to break out of his slump. Hopefully the points will come pouring in for the final slate of games during the regular season and playoffs.

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Mar 20: Ovechkin wore a full plastic face shield in practice Tuesday to protect 16 stitches on the inside of his bottom lip, the Washington Post reports. He was clipped unintentionally against Tampa Bay on Sunday and could be forced to wear the cumbersome mask against the Sabres on Wednesday. While this shouldn't hinder Ovechkin tremendously, he noted that with the face shield he has difficulty locating the puck when it's in his skates. Still, it's Ovechkin -- use him as you normally would.

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Mar 18: Ovechkin did not score for the third consecutive game during Sunday's 7-1 rout of Tampa Bay and played only sparingly after being unintentionally whacked across the face with a stick midway through the third period, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin received stitches in his bottom lip but was not seriously injured. It was but a mere flesh wound -- this will not sideline Ovechkin. The real story in the game was that the Caps scored seven goals, with Ovechkin picking up no points. The main damage was done by Alexander Semin and Tomas Fleischmann, who combined for five goals. With Semin off Ovechkin's line, he might have a harder time scoring, but he'll be back on the scoresheet before long.

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Mar 12: Ovechkin scored two goals, including one on the power play, but finished with a minus-1 rating during Monday's 4-2 loss to the Thrashers. It looks like Ovechkin won't have extended trouble scoring on the depleted Capitals, but he'll most likely continue to suffer from a poor rating with the team dropping 13 of their last 14 contests. Ovechkin has a minus-19 rating on the season, the lowest among all NHL players with 62 or more points.

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Mar 10: Ovechkin scored his 39th goal of the season in Saturday's loss to the Islanders. The newly-acquired Jiri Novotny set up the goal but it remains to be seen if Novotny can truely gel with Alex the Great. Alex did have 10 shots on net so perhaps we'll see some fireworks from him until season's end.

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Mar 9: After putting up three goals and three assists in his first two games without traded centerman Dainius Zubrus, Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet for the third straight game on Friday against Carolina. This fact isn't necessarily just an indictment of Ovechkin -- the Caps have been shut out entirely the last two games. Still, one has to wonder whether the loss of Zubrus will continue to affect Ovechkin's production the rest of the season.

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Feb 27: Ovechkin had two goals and two assists in Tuesday's shootout loss to Florida. Ovechkin played 26:33 in the game, he was a plus +2 and he also had a game high six shots on goal. He now has 37 goals on the season.

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Feb 25: Ovechkin scored his first goal in six games during Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Devils. We predicted it wouldn't be long for Ovechkin to wind up on the scoring ledger. Keep him activated.

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Feb 24: Ovechkin snapped his four-game pointless drought by tallying an assist in Saturday's win over the Devils. Perhaps this is the start of an offensive outburst from Ovechkin, who has been way too quiet in recent weeks. Despite his struggles, Ovechkin has 72 points through 61 games this season.

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Feb 19: After being held off the scoresheet for the second consecutive game on Sunday against Pittsburgh, Ovechkin now has been held scoreless in five of his last seven games, with only two points during that span. Ovechkin will break out of it, but while he and the Caps have been slumping he's been racking up the minuses; over his last 26 games, Ovechkin has a minus-15 rating.

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Feb 3: Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet in Washington's 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh Saturday, thus ending his 13-game scoring streak. The streak was the NHL's longest of the season. Ovechkin was visibly frustrated after the loss as the Caps were clearly good enough on the night to have won. The loss was the third straight and eighth in 10 games.

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Jan 30: Ovechkin moved into the NHL goal-scoring lead with his 32nd goal of the season during Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Senators. Ovechkin extended his point-scoring streak to 12 games, the longest such current streak in the NHL. Ovechkin has seven goals and 12 assists during that span, but sports a rather nasty minus-5 rating as well. We trust the rating won't keep him out of your lineup.

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Jan 9: On the day that he was announced as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, Ovechkin became the NHL's leading goal-getter by potting two, and added an assist, during Tuesday's 6-2 blowout of the Flyers. After going five games without a goal, Ovechkin has three in his last two games. It's safe to say that his "drought" is over.

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Jan 6: Ovechkin broke a season-high, five-game goal-scoring drought Saturday. He had one goal and an assist on the night to bring his season totals to 26 goals and 56 points. He has been dealing with a nagging lower body injury but it doesn't really seem to be slowing him down. Play him with confidence.

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Jan 5: Ovechkin had three assists and a plus-2 rating during Thursday's 5-1 win over Montreal. Though Ovechkin has a team-high 25 goals on the year, he's gone five games since tickling the twine, his longest such stretch since late last season. Still, he's pounded seven shots on net in each of the last three games, so don't worry: the goals will come.

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Dec 15: Ovechkin tickled the twine for a hat trick, scoring with just 30 seconds left in regulation and then following that up with the game-winner six seconds into overtime, helping Washington steal a victory from Atlanta 3-2 on Friday evening. Ovechkin, with 40 points in 31 games (21G, 19A), has been "en fuego" in December with five goals and eight assists and extended his current scoring streak to six games.

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Dec 11: Ovechkin grabbed two assists in Monday's shootout loss to Pittsburgh, giving him 10 points in the past four games. Ovechkin is up to 37 points and has been finding his name on the scoresheet much lately, albeit with just two goals in that five-game span. Not to worry, as he has five goals in the past eight.

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Dec 6: Ovechkin played the supporting role during Wednesday night's action as he dished out three assists in a 6-2 romp over the visiting Senators. He did try to get one past Ottawa netminder Ray Emery, but the Senators goalie stopped all 10 of the shots Alex the Great threw his way. There is nothing this kid can't do and simply watching him play is a treat. If you are lucky enough to have drafted him, just sit back and enjoy the ride. Those owners who managed to get him on their keeper teams are obviously the envy of the league.

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Dec 5: Ovechkin was not suspended, but instead fined $1,000 for the shoulder check from behind against Daniel Briere on Saturday that sent the Buffalo Sabre into the boards headfirst, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin will be in the lineup Wednesday, so keep him activated.

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Dec 2: Ovechkin was ejected from Saturday's game against Buffalo after hitting Daniel Briere from behind as Briere was about to leave the ice on a shift change. Briere went head-first into the boards and unfortunately, his helmet came off in the melee. Briere was able to shake off the injury and continue play but he was down on the ice for a while. The hit may very well be reviewed in the league office and Ovechkin may face disciplinary action. More as it becomes available. He had scored his 17th goal of the season prior to his ejection.

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Nov 25: Ovechkin delivered the Capitals' only goal in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Islanders. Sure, it's his 14th on the season but he's pretty much working with an empty cupboard this season -- there's just no one on the Caps who can contribute offensively except for Alex the Great. He's producing at an expected pace so roll him with confidence.

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Nov 24: Ovechkin was the only bright spot for Washington as he scored his 13th goal in Washington's 7-1 loss to Toronto on Friday evening. Ovechkin has six power play goals and 24 points in 21 games.

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Nov 14: Ovechkin registered a goal and an assist in Washington's 4-1 win over Florida Monday. Ovechkin continues to impress and is really doing well with guys like Dainius Zubrus and Alexander Semin. There's no sophomore slump here, as Ovechkin now has 21 points in 17 games to date.

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Nov 6: Ovechkin scored twice on Monday in a 4-3 overtime win over Ottawa, giving him four goals in two games. This is what we expected from Ovechkin, who has bounced back from a slow start to find the net quite often. He has eight points in the past four games.

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Oct 27: Ovechkin (foot) picked up a goal and an assist Friday in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Canucks. Unfortunately for the Caps, Alex the Great missed the net on his shootout attempt and the orcas buried the winner on the next shot. He has 10 points in nine games and is as solid a play as he was last year.

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Oct 26: A day after Alex Ovechkin (foot) crumpled to the ice and had to be helped to the locker room after being struck on the right foot by a teammate's wrist shot, the Washington Capitals left wing showed no ill effects Thursday at practice, the Washington Post reports. Coach Glen Hanlon described his star player as "100 percent," adding that Ovechkin did not require any medical treatment. Ovechkin will be in the lineup Friday against the Canucks. After skating for about an hour, Ovechkin told reporters, "I'm okay; Russian machine never breaks." Keep Ovechkin in your lineup Friday.

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Oct 26: Ovechkin got a scare in the final seconds of Wednesday's 5-3 win at Colorado when he was hit on the right leg by a slap shot off the stick of Capitals defenseman Shaone Morrisonn, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin went down hard and limped to the locker room, but later said he was "okay." Prior to the injury, Ovechkin had a power play goal, drew a penalty shot (which he missed) and shattered the penalty box glass with a vicious hit on Karlis Skrastins. As for the injury, he stayed down for a while before finally being helped off the ice by the Caps' trainer. We'll let you know as soon as we do whether the injury is a mere bruise or something more serious. We don't see it out of the realm of possibility that Ovechkin might sit out of Friday's game at Vancouver.

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Oct 19: Ovechkin netted one goal and assisted on another Thursday in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Thrashers. The Russian superstar, who misfired on his shootout attempt against Atlanta, currently features a .073 shooting percentage, down from last year's mark of 12.2 percent.

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Oct 17: The Capitals denied a report in a Russian newspaper that Ovechkin is trying to play with a groin injury, the Washington Times reports. There has been constant speculation almost since the day training camp opened that Ovechkin was playing hurt. If he has a groin problem, it won't keep him out of the lineup, but the report might not be too far off given that he sat out of a few games this preseason. Still, four points in four games is nothing to sneeze at, so keep Ovechkin in your lineup.

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Oct 7: Ovechkin was slewfooted by Carolina's Tim Gleason in Saturday's game and stayed on the ice for several minutes before getting to his feet. He later returned to the ice. He had scored twice and had been particularly demonstrative in his celebrations so perhaps this was a payback. Still, a slewfoot is a dirty play and one that should never occur. Thank goodness Alex wasn't seriously injured on the play.

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Oct 3: Ovechkin left the ice only minutes into Tuesday's 90-minute practice with an undisclosed ailment, the Washington Post reports. Ovechkin afterward said he was "okay, 100 percent." He is expected to play in the season opener on Thursday. The Capitals are often overly cautious when it comes to their 21-year-old franchise winger, so this shouldn't be much to worry about. Use Ovechkin as you normally would.

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Sep 27: Ovechkin (undisclosed injury) returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Flyers and got in the first fight ever in NHL action. Don't expect Ovechkin to be dropping the gloves much in the regular season, but at least it's good to see him get back on the ice after sitting out the last few games.

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Sep 24: Ovechkin (undisclosed injury) missed his second consecutive preseason game on Sunday, the Washington Post reports. "If it was a regular season game, he would have played," Hanlon said. The Capitals have not disclosed the location or nature of Ovechkin's injury. While you'd like to see him get some game action, don't worry about Ovechkin's condition quite yet.

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Sep 22: Ovechkin returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday's skate with an undisclosed minor injury, the Washington Post reports. He did play against the Penguins. It looks like this is going to be a minor ailment for Ovechkin, so don't let it convince you otherwise when generating your draft boards.

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Sep 22: Ovechkin was held out of practice Thursday because of what coach Glen Hanlon described as "a little, tiny injury," the Washington Post reports. Hanlon added: "It's exhibition, it's training camp, trust me if he was hurt the way he is now and it was the regular season. . . . We're just being very careful." Hanlon did not elaborate on the location or nature of the injury. Ovechkin got up slowly in the third period of Wednesday's preseason game against Tampa Bay after colliding knee-to-knee with L Ovechkin should be fine, but the Capitals are right to treat the long-term future of their franchise with kid gloves, especially in the preseason.

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Jun 23: Ovechkin was voted to the NHL all-rookie squad for 2005-06 by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. The Calder trophy winner joins goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, defencemen Dion Phaneuf of the Calgary Flames and Andrej Meszaros of the Ottawa Senators, and forwards Brad Boyes of the Boston Bruins and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins on the team.

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Jun 22: Ovechkin won the NHL's Calder Trophy Thursday, beating out Sidney Crosby and Dion Phaneuf. This year's rookie class - bolstered by the year the league took off - should go down as one of the best ever. Ocechkin finished his electric rookie season with 52 goals and 106 points.

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May 18: Ovechkin scored a goal, his sixth of the World Championships, but Russia lost 4-3 in overtime to the Czech Republic in quarter-final action Thursday. Ovechkin finished the tourney with six goals and eight points in six games. Thursday's goal was another for the Alexander the Great highlight-film as the 20-year-old sensation took a pass across the slot from teammate Evgeni Malkin. Though the pass was at Ovechkin's feet, he adjusted his stick accordingly as he prepared for the one-timer but then he lost his balance. As he fell to the ice, Ovechkin rifled a shot to the short side that Czech goalie Milan Hnilicka couldn't stop. There is no better player in the world one-on-one and he will only get better. Scary.

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May 6: Ovechkin was named as one of three finalists for the Calder trophy (best rookie). He's the odds-on favorite to bring home the hardware in a dog fight with Sidney Crosby. Dion Phaneuf if the third nominee.

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Apr 18: Ovechkin tallied an assist in a surprising 4-1 win at Tampa Bay Tuesday night. Ovechkin totalled 106 points (52,54) in 81 contests, finishing third in scoring behind Joe Thornton and Jaromir Jagr.

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Apr 17: Ovechkin grabbed a goal and a helper in the 6-4 win over Atlanta on Monday, his 52nd goal. The standout took over sole possession of third place on the NHL's all-time rookie scoring list, passing Joe Nieuwendyk. He's now one goal away from tying Mike Bossy at 53.

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