Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ovechkin hits 100 with weeks to go

The first 100 point player of the season has checked in, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals had a three point night on Tuesday night as he led the Caps to a 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators.

Ovechkin's three points pushed him over the 100 point mark on the season, the first Capital in the franchise's history to climb that plateau twice. But with the Caps still gamely fighting on to claim a playoff spot, he wasn't much in the mood for personal goals and instead wanted to talk about his team's bid to grab a spot for some post season action.

The Capitals who registered their fourth straight win, are becoming the crowd favourite of the underdog lovers to climb above either Philly for eighth overall or division leading Carolina for the automatic launch into the playoffs. A scenario that might have seemed unlikely a few months ago but now seems almost pre-ordained.

The Caps with their all offence style of play of late are turning heads with their speed and play making and would certainly add a dash of excitement should they topple the slumping Flyers or surprise the division leading Canes.

If they're going to make the jump, it will no doubt be thanks to Ovechkin who has been a scoring and play making master this season, with the rest of his team finally catching up, it would be a wise hockey fan that pencils in the Caps as a possible first round upset winner.

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