Alex Ovechkin takes goal scoring lead with blistering slapshot

Jared Clinton
Alex Ovechkin (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

At the All-Star Game’s Hardest Shot Competition, many thought the players to watch were Dustin Byfuglien and Shea Weber, but it was Alex Ovechkin who surprised, landing himself in second place with a 101 MPH blast.

He put that cannon on display Wednesday night and took the NHL’s goal scoring lead in the process. With less than three minutes left in the second frame, and the Capitals on the power play, Ovechkin received a Mike Green no-look pass right in his wheelhouse and turned on it. Blink and you’ll miss Ovechkin’s 29th goal of the season hit the back of the net. Read more

Separation between East’s have & have-not teams will make NHL trade deadline unique

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If you don’t know by now the NHL’s points system is essentially a competitive funhouse mirror designed to give more teams the appearance they’ve got a shot at a playoff spot, you should. The league has, to the credit of its business acumen, recognized more teams can sell tickets to fans deeper into their regular-seasons if those fans see the teams are only four or five points out of a post-season berth; now, there’s very likely a very slim chance that team can leapfrog a bunch rivals playing each other down the stretch for one of the last playoff positions, but that’s not the point. It’s a mirage of sorts, and it works.

But the way things are shaping up in the Eastern Conference this year, not even the “loser point” looks like it’s going to create the illusion of competitiveness between the teams that make the post-season and the ones that don’t. Of course, most teams still have approximately 35 games to play, so you can’t be sure about anything just yet, but with the trade deadline set for March 2, it’s starting to look like the East’s eight non-playoff teams are going to serve as a feeder system for the much tighter West. Read more

Pens’ Marc-Andre Fleury robs Caps’ Michael Latta of highlight-reel goal

Adam Proteau
Marc-Andre Fleury (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was getting the business at the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus for surrendering seven goals on 16 shots, but that game meant nothing. And in his first regular-season game since All-Star weekend, Fleury was showing the form that got him named an all-star in the first place, robbing Washington’s Michael Latta of what would’ve been a highlight reel goal.

Latta split the Penguins’ defense and looked like he was about to deke Fleury out of his equipment, but the veteran netminder jutted out his left leg just enough to stop the puck from crossing the goal line: Read more

The Hot List: Nicolas Roy can shoot with a stick or a rifle

Nicolas Roy (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The busy season continues, with lots to report on in the prospect world. The CHL Top Prospects Game was last week, while the North American League Prospects Tournament field was just announced. Toss in the American League’s All-Star Game and there’s a lot to cover off, so let’s look at some of the kids we’re excited to see in the NHL one day.

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Ovechkin finally gets his car, and it’s for a good cause

Jared Clinton
(via Twitter/Alex Ovechkin)

You wouldn’t have been wrong if it seemed like a joke at first. Alex Ovechkin, one of the game’s wealthiest players, wanting to be picked last so he could score a free car? Couldn’t he just go out and buy a handful of them if he so wished?

Well, it turns out that it wasn’t a joke at all. Ovechkin did want the car and it wasn’t about the money or the car itself so much as it was about giving a gift to someone who could really use it. Read more

Alex Ovechkin, scorer of goals, shatterer of goal cameras

Adam Proteau
Alex Ovechkin (Getty Images)

Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin has been a central force in Washington’s success thus far this season, and even in a losing cause Tuesday against the Oilers, the Russian star showed his force is sometimes too much for goal cameras when he’s blasting pucks in nets.

The 29-year-old Ovechkin had already scored once in front of his home crowd Tuesday when, on the power play, he drilled a shot from the circle and beat Edmonton goalie Viktor Fasth for his 27th goal of the year. Unfortunately for the goal camera, Ovechkin really got all of the puck: Read more