Ovechkin vs. Crosby: Olympic preview?

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In those 14 games, the Capitals now have trailed in eight of those games, including now having erased a pair of three-goal deficits in that streak - the first game of the streak back on Jan. 13 in Florida and now Sunday’s win over their biggest nemesis. While the Capitals had every chance to wilt on Sunday as they did in Game 7 last spring, they were able to kill off what could have been a disastrous 5-on-3 disadvantage late in the second period and then scored twice in the third to force overtime. Then, Ovechkin rang a shot off post that was poked in by Knuble with 2:11 left in the extra session for the game-winner.

When asked on what helped fuel the Caps’ comeback, Ovechkin credited those who braved snow-clogged roads and a limited Metro system to head to Chinatown.

“I think it’s the weather,” the captain said. “The crowd wasn’t getting in during the first period. You can see the crowd pushing us in the third period and we just keep going, keep going and its pretty sick.

Now, the last question Washington faces before the league breaks for the Olympics is if they can pull even with the NHL record. Already having extended the franchise record with 14 overall wins and also setting a new mark of 11 straight home wins on Sunday, the Caps now embark on a three-game road trip before they head into the into the break. Washington will be heading to Montreal, Ottawa and then St. Louis potentially having a chance to reach 17 in a row before splitting up until early March.

For NHL fans, it was an appetizer before the Olympic tournament kicks off in nine days, and for Capitals fans, a last chance for awhile to watch the hottest NHL team in a generation in person.

And, for one, Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau was happy the game went off as scheduled.

“I am pretty excited and I am really excited for hockey that that game was put on TV today,” he told reporters afterwards. “That’s what people pay to see; when superstars shine and there’s tension and excitement and there’s physical play, you can see the passion on both sides. That’s what hockey’s all about.”

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Ted Starkey

Ted Starkey

Ted Starkey, a Web editor for the continuous news desk, has written for and edited high-traffic websites, including AOL News, AOL Sports, FanHouse.com, USAHockey.com and BuffaloBills.com. He also has covered the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics, Stanley Cup playoffs, NFL, NHL, MLB and NCAA hockey during his career.

He is a graduate of American University, with a double major in ...

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