Alex Ovechkin (8) of the Washington Capitals slams Ryan Ellis (49) of the Nashville Predators into the wall in the second period of the Washington Capitals loss to the Nashville Predators, 2-0, in a preseason exhibition game at the 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD, Tuesday, September 20, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Alex Ovechkin (8) of the Washington Capitals slams Ryan Ellis (49) of the Nashville Predators into the wall in the second period of the Washington Capitals loss to the Nashville Predators, 2-0, in a preseason exhibition game at the 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD, Tuesday, September 20, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)