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Ovechkin scores but Capitals still lose to Maple Leafs


Alex Ovechkin finally hit the two-goal plateau – seven games into the season – but the Washington Capitals still couldn’t outscore the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Capitals now have one win in their seven games, after a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Nikolai Kulemin and Matt Frattin scored two minutes and 13 seconds apart in the third period to give Toronto its first win of the season at the Air Canada Centre.

Ovechkin’s struggles have garnered plenty of attention in hockey circles.

However, another right-handed shooting winger is going through an even worse scoring drought.

Phil Kessel, 25, has yet to score since the end of the lockout, but was a factor tonight against the lowly Capitals, wrote Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post.

Interestingly, Kessel and Ovechkin were both key figures in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game draft. Infamously, Kessel was the last overall pick, and who could forget the tape of Ovechkin smiling and taking a photo of Kessel with his camera phone?

The pundits on Twitter have taken notice of Kessel’s slump. And Ovechkin’s for that matter.



GM says Blue Jackets are ‘off the rails’ right now

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On Monday, PHT discussed the Columbus Blue Jackets’ troubling start, even if it felt like it may be too early to raise concerns.

Apparently Blue Jackets management is a little shaken by the second 0-3-0 start in franchise history, however.

Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen shared his shock and dismay with the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline on Tuesday.

“I’m surprised how, in just five days, we’ve gone from a very confident group to something that’s the opposite of that,” Kekalainen told The Dispatch on Tuesday. “Our confidence, our game … it’s off the rails right now.

Maybe losing to the Buffalo Sabres stings a little bit extra?

Kekalainen said “there’s no excuse for how we played in Buffalo,” pointing out that every team in the NHL is a “good team.”

Indeed, just about every squad boasts some dangerous weapons if they catch an opponent sleeping.

Portzline goes deeper on Columbus’ recent history of stumbling out of the gate, but consider the foreboding stretch coming up.

Next four games: Three out of four at home
Eight games following that: Seven out of eight on the road.

As you can see, winter is coming for Columbus, so they best get things together. All things considered, this is the right time for a wake-up call.

For bonus chuckles, here’s a photo of Kekalainen on a railing.

via AP

Personal reasons: No Ovechkin for Caps tonight

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Alex Ovechkin won’t play for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday because of personal reasons, the team confirmed.

He entered the building considerably later than usual, but his presence at least opened the door for the possibility of No. 8 suiting up against the San Jose Sharks.

Instead, the Capitals will face the hot-starting Sharks without Ovechkin (personal reasons) and Nicklas Backstrom (injury).

That’s a tall order, yet it’s also an opportunity for Barry Trotz to prove his system is a difference-maker … and that the Capitals have the young players to take up the mantle when the big stars are out

This is how Washington’s forward lines may look tonight:

No, the Capitals have not shared details regarding what his “personal reasons” might be, by the way.