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Their final total of 47 was the first time Washington had topped 40 since the season opener against Atlanta.

“We knew if we have a chance to shoot the puck, we should just shoot it,” Ovechkin said. “We had good opportunities, and you see when [Brashear] scores and [Fehr] scores, we just shoot the puck and take some rebounds.”

Added Boudreau about the commitment to shooting and crashing the net: “Now we just have to keep it consistent. It can’t be a sometime thing - it has to be an everyday thing. When it becomes an everyday thing, you become [a team] that wins four, five, six games in a row.”