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Chants of "Ovi, Ovi" filled the air at Verizon Center. Alex Ovechkin was rolling along, and so were the Washington Capitals, as the captain's Bauer stick was starting to look like a shovel as he buried the Winnipeg Jets with two goals.
The Wizards connected on their first seven shots of the game against the Indian Pacers and used that blistering start to open up a 22-point lead at Verizon Center on Thursday night.
There was just a hint of a smile on Andray Blatche's face Monday night. The Washington Wizards had just lost to the San Antonio Spurs, but Blatche had a relaxed demeanor that is no longer present at Verizon Center.
Not every game has to be a masterpiece. That probably goes without saying when the Toronto Maple Leafs are involved, and even the Washington Capitals have struggled putting together pretty performances.
It's the worst-kept secret in the NHL that the Washington Capitals aren't a good road team. Even as players shook off concerns about lacking a recipe for success away from Verizon Center, the numbers and listless, lackluster performances told the story.
The last time the Washington Wizards played the Portland Trail Blazers, they turned in one of their best games of the season, a 124-109 road win on Feb. 14.
This homestand hasn't been about consistent, winning hockey for the Washington Capitals. But it has included plenty of third-period magic.
This was it: the Washington Capitals' chance to make good on one game in hand and trim the deficits they were facing in the Southeast Division and Eastern Conference playoff race.