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Ovechkin off to slow start for Capitals

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Ovechkin off to slow start for Capitals

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Washington (3-2-1) at Phoenix (2-3-0) 10:00 p.m. EDT

GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Alex Ovechkin is off to a slow
start compared to his record-setting season of a season ago.

Ovechkin will look to help the Washington Capitals snap a
two-game losing streak when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes on
Thursday.

The 23-year-old Ovechkin led the NHL with 65 goals and 112
points in 2007-08, becoming the first player in league history
to win the Hart, Art Ross and Maurice Richard Trophies as well
as the Lester B. Pearson Award all in a single season.

The Russian began last season by notching at least one point in
each of his first six games. After he was held scoreless in the
seventh game of the campaign, Ovechkin erupted for at least two
points in each of his next four contests.

This campaign has not started as last year did for Ovechkin, who
has four points in six games and scored his only two goals
during a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on October 11.

Ovechkin may regain his scoring form if goaltender Ilya
Bryzgalov is not on his game.

Bryzgalov has started each of Phoenix's first five games,
posting an .889 save percentage and 3.41 goal-against average.
He has surrendered at least four goals in his last three
appearances for the Coyotes, who enter the contest on a
three-game losing streak.

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