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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Theplatform
For over 55 minutes, Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne tortured the Capitals by turning aside everything — whether he saw it or not. A late goal by Washington's Troy Brouwer should've been it, a victory earned by stellar goaltending and timely offense. It wasn't.
Alex Ovechkin's stat sheet Tuesday night was not a terrible one: the primary assist on the Capitals' game-winning goal and four shots in 17:51 of ice time. But it was the clutch situation that Ovechkin was not a part of — with Washington trailing by one — and his response that drew loads of attention and criticism from national analysts.