Alex Ovechkin got just 3:33 minutes of playing time in the first period of Monday’s contest. It looked like another low point in what has been a downward march for Ovechkin – and maybe it was.
Maybe Ovechkin’s game-winning goal in the third period will mark a turning point for him. Although that will at least partially depend on the role Capitals coach Dale Hunter has in mind for him going forward. Ovechkin still ended up with just 13:36 minutes of ice time and his role in Game 3 should be telling.
For now though, he’s their hero once more.
“He’s our big-game guy,” Mike Knuble said, who also had a major impact with the first goal of the game despite only logging 9:49 minutes.
Ovechkin hasn’t been their big game guy for most of the Capitals’ playoff run, but putting the Capitals’ ahead 3-2 on Monday was certainly a great start.
The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.
The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.
Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.
The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.
He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.
The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.
The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.
The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.