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  • What We Learned: The myth of ‘team player’ Alex Ovechkin

    Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy41 mins ago

    (Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.  

    Alex Ovechkin scored that goal on Saturday — that goal: that powerful, cutting, graceful, terrifying goal — to cut into the Rangers' lead, and it was astonishing. It was one of those “they'll show that on the career highlight reel when he retires” goals.

    And what was the talking point on television when everyone stopped saying, “Wow,” long enough to catch their breath? That this goal was further evidence Alex Ovechkin had, over the past summer, become a team player who changed his game completely to fit his new coach's systems. Never mind that this was a goal of which only the world' elite would be capable, or that it was basically the definition of a goal that came as a direct result of supreme individual effort; the assertion is in itself absurd.

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  • Derick Brassard goes from penalty box to Game 2 hero for Rangers

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago

    NEW YORK – Derick Brassard felt terrible. 

    The New York Rangers forward tried to slow down Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals with a little good ol’ fashioned interference, which is a bit like trying to lasso a freight train. The referees caught Brassard and sent him to the penalty box at 3:57 of the third period, giving the Capitals’ high-octane power play their first chance of Saturday afternoon’s Game 2, trailing 2-1.

    “I was feeling not very good, actually,” said Brassard. “But I was confident in our penalty kill. And when I came out of the penalty box I had some jump, had some energy."

    When he emerged from the penalty box, he transitioned to offense. Martin St. Louis confidently slipped a pass from the top of the Capitals’ zone through the outreached sticks of Jay Beagle and Matt Niskanen to Brassard, who quickly slammed the puck through the pads of Braden Holtby for his fourth of the playoffs and the eventual game-winner in their 3-2 victory in Game 2 of the Metro Division championship series.

    “Got a lucky bounce, and it went in,” he said of the goal, scored 10 seconds after his penalty ended.

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