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“I hope it’s going to be more ice open there than against Boston. But we’ll see how it goes,” Ovechkin said. “No ‘Big Z’ anymore, so it’s kind of good.”

Ovechkin won’t get too much open ice against New York, if John Tortorella has anything to do with it. Expect Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh to spend the series trying to shut down the Caps star left wing.