Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

Ovechkin, Capitals show some life against Ottawa


Dale Hunter’s reign as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals started off shaky, but if there’s one thing he succeeds at, it’s beating the Ottawa Senators. The Caps defeated the Sens 5-3 to give Hunter a 2-3 record that would look a lot worse if he wasn’t 2-0 against Ottawa. The best part might be that it was a collective scoring effort, including Nicklas Backstrom scoring his 10th goal of the season and Alex Ovechkin notching number nine.

Want to know the best part about that best part? Ovechkin looked like the lethal, unpredictable force that made him the NHL’s most exciting force on his goal:

Capitals fans – and likely fans of the sport in general – would love to see more of that Ovechkin. It’s just one goal, but a breakthrough must start somewhere, so why not there?

Now, if they could just bring Alexander Semin back to life …

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.