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Caps Rally To Down The Hawks Without Ovi in OT!

By Rodger M. WoodEven without their best player in the lineup, the Caps showed in an afternoon matinee that they could skate with a Western Conference team NHL soothsayers predict will play them in June for the Stanley Cup.

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After Caps star winger Alex Ovechkin was banished to the dressing room on a questionable game misconduct for boarding at 12:16 in the first period, the Caps fell behind to the Black Hawks 3-0 by the end of the second period.Coach Boudreau must have said more between periods than “just go to the net” because the Caps came out fired up in the third period, scoring three goals and tying the game3-all in a matter of 2 minutes and 16 seconds.On Caps power plays, Brooks Laich scored first at 05:29 and Nicklas Backstrom second at 07:32. Eric Fehr tied the game up ar 3-3 at 07:45, with a well deserved assist going to David Steckel, who worked the puck out to Fehr from behind the Black Hawks goal.On a spectacular 3 on 1 play. Backstrom scored the game winner for his second goal of the game at 03:10 of overtime.Commentators, Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury, who have been heard casting aspersions against our Russian Caps, admitted the Ovi’s boarding call wasquestionable, and at worse, maybe two 2 minute penalties.Milbury said NHL referees and players are “confused” by the inconsistent boarding and head shot calls this season.Just the same, our Caps showed they can beat the best even on a day when they are handicapped by the absence of our Ovi.Way to go Caps!Caps photos from the Carolina game Wednesday, March 10th are accessible to you here.Bookmark and ShareCreative Commons LicenseCapitalpowerplay.com images by capitalpowerplay.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

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