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|Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:41 pm Post subject: Caps Today and Game Notes for @ NY Rangers
Guess who’s back – Alex Ovechkin is expected to return to competition tonight after missing six games and 15 days with an upper-body strain. The two-time reigning MVP leads the league in shots with 86 and is still tied for the league lead in goals with 14. The most dynamic player in the game is expected to make his return at Madison Square Garden in front of a national television audience on VERSUS. The Great 8 likes the big stage and usually shines the brightest when the attention is on him. The Caps have been on VERSUS three times this year (once against Boston and twice against Philadelphia ) and Ovechkin has combined for six goals, two assists and a +7 rating in those games. He also has been spectacular at MSG lately. In his last five games at The Garden (including the playoffs), Ovechkin has combined for four goals, four assists and a +4 rating.
NOTE OF THE NIGHT
One from 100 –Head coach Bruce Boudreau enters tonight’s game with a 99-45-19 record in 163 career games behind the Capitals’ bench. His next win will make him the fifth Capitals head coach to win 100 games and the fastest to reach that milestone. A win tonight would make him the fourth fastest coach to reach 100 wins in NHL history, trailing only Tom Johnson (138 games), Mike Keenan (152) and Terry Crisp (158).
FIVE MORE NOTES NO MEDIA PERSON SHOULD BE WITHOUT
Since you’ve been gone –Alex Ovechkin has missed six games and 15 days, but returns to the ice still leading the NHL in goals (14, tied) and shots (86).
Happy returns –The Capitals are 1-0-2 in games after Alex Ovechkin returns from missing time (0-0-2 last season). Ovechkin has one goal and one assist in those three games. Washington is 5-5-0 without Ovechkin in the lineup since he joined the team in 2005.
Flash forward –Tomas Fleischmann missed the first 11 games of the season recovering from a blood clot in his leg, but has seven goals in nine games since his return. His 0.78 goals per game ranks third in the league, trailing only Ilya Kovalchuk (1.20) and Alex Ovechkin (1.00), and his 33.3% shooting percentage leads the league. Fleischmann scored the first goal of the game Saturday in the 200th game of his career, extending his point-scoring streak to a career-best eight games. Fleischmann’s streak is the third-longest active streak in the NHL, trailing only Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry of Anaheim (11 games each).
One that got away –Saturday marked the first game this season that the Capitals lost by more than one goal. It was also the first time that Washington trailed by more than two goals at any time in a game.
View from the top – Washington stands tied for first place in the Eastern Conference for the first time this late in a season since April 7, 2000. The Capitals are also tied for the fewest regulation losses in the NHL (4).