Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals waits for a faceoff during the second period against the New York Islanders in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 19, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Boychuk, Islanders Out To Keep Putting The Squeeze On Ovechkin

The Isles have made it a point of emphasis to limit the amount of room the left-winger has to unload his lethal slap shot. They hope to keep him silenced in Game 4.

04/21/2015

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17: Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal in the third period against the New York Islanders during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. Washington won the game 4-3. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Ovechkin, Caps Even Series At 1 With 4-3 Win Over Isles

Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom helped make a winner of a rookie replacement goalie making his second start all season for the Washington Capitals.

04/17/2015

Brock Nelson (L) and Eric Fehr go after the puck in third period of the Islanders' 4-1 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Verizon Center on April 15, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Islanders Looking To Take 2-Game Lead Back To Coliseum

Islanders captain John Tavares echoed coach Jack Capuano’s message that they’ll need to be wary of a better Capitals performance in Game 2.

04/17/2015

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders returns to the bench following a shootout goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Captains Ovechkin, Tavares Get Set For Capitals-Islanders Matchup

The 24-year-old Tavares enters his second career playoff series after finishing fourth to Ovechkin with 38 goals and second in the league — two spots ahead of Ovechkin — with 86 points.

04/14/2015

Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers celebrates with teammates J.T. Miller and Dan Boyle after scoring a first-period goal against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on March 11, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Rangers Take Control Of Metro Division With Win Over Capitals

Goalie Cam Talbot and the New York Rangers moved atop the Metropolitan Division by beating the Washington Capitals 3-1 Wednesday night, while overcoming Alex Ovechkin’s league-leading 45th goal.

03/12/2015

The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Washington Capitals 4-2 in a game at Madison Square Garden on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Take Game Up A Notch Against Ovechkin, Extend Streak To 7

The Rangers always seem to find a way to kick their game up a notch when Alex Ovechkin and the Caps enter MSG.

12/24/2014

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals takes a penalty shot against Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils during their game at the Prudential Center on December 20, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Holtby, Backstrom Lead Capitals Past Devils

Braden Holtby made 21 saves, Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and an assist and Alex Ovechkin scored a highlight-reel goal as the Capitals continued to roll with a 4-0 victory on Saturday night.

12/20/2014

Devils goalie Cory Schneider. (Photo by Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

Ovechkin, Caps Beat Up On Devils, 6-2

Alex Ovechkin scored in his third straight game, Braden Holtby made 26 saves and the Washington Capitals beat New Jersey 6-2 on Thursday night, handing the Devils their first loss.

10/17/2014

P.K. Subban (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) and Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Sean Hartnett’s 2014-15 NHL Season Preview And Stanley Cup Prediction

Hockey is back! Now, let’s take a look at each team and their prospects for the 2014-15 season.

10/08/2014

LeBron James doing a bad impersonation of Tony Romo. He still has control of the ball. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Top 10 Athletes We’ve Discussed To Death

We love our athletes, but we also love to criticize them. And in today’s world of social media and blogs, such criticism is universal and it always comes in bulk.

07/09/2014

Teammates help injured Russian forward Alexander Ovechkin (C) during a IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship preliminary round group B game between Russia and Germany, in Minsk, on May 18, 2014.   AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV

Ovechkin Injures Leg At Ice Hockey World Championships

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was taken to a hospital with a right leg injury Sunday after colliding with an opponent during Russia’s game against Germany at the ice hockey world championships.

05/18/2014

Alexander Ovechkin (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) and Jonathan Quick (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Hartnett: U.S.-Russia Should Be Everything You Would Expect — And More

If the United States’ victory over Slovakia on Thursday can be considered a breeze, Saturday morning’s showdown with host nation Russia will be a stern examination of the medal prospects for both teams.

02/14/2014

Alexander Ovechkin #8 of Russia passes the puck against Slovenia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Pressure On Russians To Beat The U.S. Must Be Unbearable

The Russians believe this is the game that can wipe away the damage Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Jack O’Callahan and the rest of our boys did some 34 years ago.

02/14/2014

John Moore of the New York Rangers celebrates with Ryan McDonagh after scoring in the second period against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Resurgent Rangers Appear To Be Turning The Corner

If the Blueshirts can replicate this kind of complete performance throughout the season, they’ll win a ton of games. They appeared to turn the corner in D.C.

10/17/2013

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, blocks a shot by the Kings’ Tanner Pearson during a preseason game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 27, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Hartnett’s Fearless 2013-14 NHL Regular Season & Stanley Cup Predictions

The new NHL comes to life when the puck drops on Tuesday night. Four brand spanking new divisions (some with geographically confusing names) will be introduced. From there, it should be chaos as usual.

10/01/2013

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