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Washington Capitals v New York Rangers

PHT Morning Skate: Ovechkin, Nash gun for the Richard Trophy


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

For years, it’s felt like the Maurice Richard Trophy might as well have been called the Alex Ovechkin Award. Rick Nash is really having an amazing goal-scoring year in 2014-15, however, setting up quite the thrilling race between two of the NHL’s best snipers.

What’s especially cool is that the Capitals and Rangers play on April 11, setting up a potential final showdown. So who gets it? (The Hockey News)

The Avalanche are trying to find the right balance between winning and building. (The Denver Post)

Mike Richards seems to be making lemonade out of AHL lemons so far. (Los Angeles Times)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $50,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Monday’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $5,000. Starts Monday at 7pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

TSN notes that Steve Montador was a plaintiff in a concussion case against the NHL. (TSN)

A tweet can change someone’s life. Just ask Corey Hirsch. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Getzlaf on Ovechkin: ‘I didn’t know he was going to dive the way he did tonight’

Ryan Getzlaf, Alex Ovechkin

Alexander Ovechkin and Andre Burakovsky each scored twice Sunday night as the Washington Capitals defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-3.

Marcus Johansson’s 14th of the season at 3:27 of the second period stood to be the game winner.

Ovechkin, who also assisted on Burakovsky’s two goals, now has a league-leading 36 on the season passing Rangers’ forward Rick Nash.

Not everyone was impressed with Ovechkin’s four-point night.

Ovechkin and Ryan Getzlaf had a run-in on the ice during the first period. Post-game Getzlaf had some choice words for the Washington captain.

“I didn’t know he was going to dive the way he did tonight,” said Getzlaf per the L.A. Times’ Helene Elliott. “All over the [expletive] ice. That part of it is a little embarrassing. Pardon my language. He’s a great player.

“He’s going to score goals and make plays. That other stuff’s embarrassing.”

Andrew Cogliano scored both goals for the Ducks. It was his first multi-goal game since Mar. 2, 2013.

Defenseman Hampus Lindholm had two assists in the loss.

Francois Beauchemin appeared in his 500th game with the Ducks Sunday night. He joins Ruslan Salei (594) as the only other Ducks defenseman to reach the milestone.

Justin Peters made 30 saves for the win while John Gibson stopped 23 shots in the loss.

Anaheim lost defenseman Sami Vatanen (lower body) and forward Matt Beleskey (upper body) in the first period. Neither player returned to the game and Bruce Boudreau had no update on either player post-game.

Video: Ovechkin takes over the goal-scoring lead

Alex Ovechkin

Washington Capitals’ captain Alexander Ovechkin scored twice in the first period tonight in Anaheim to reclaim the NHL’s goal-scoring lead.

Ovechkin’s first of the night, and 35th of the season, tied the game 1-1.

Then with the Caps trailing 2-1, Ovechkin netted his 36th of the season, on a power play midway through the first period.

With the two goals Ovechkin passes New York Rangers’ forward Rick Nash, who entered tonight’s action as the goal-scoring leader with 35.

Ovechkin does not have a hat trick this season. His last three-goal night came on Dec. 10, 2013 when he scored four against the Tampa Bay Lightning.