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The knee injury heard 'round the football world. (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Top 12 Sports Stories of ’13

Vote on the top sports stories of 2013 as we select the Top 10. Choose from RGIII’s knee, “World Series or Bust,” Caps playoff woes, Georgetown’s stunner, John Wall’s contract and more.


Washington Capitals v New York Rangers

Caps Beat the Flyers in a Shootout, 5-4

Alex Ovechkin scored with 58 seconds left and goalie Phillip Grubauer off for an extra attacker to cap a late three-goal rally and the Washington Capitals went on to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 in a shootout Sunday.


Alex Ovechkin and teammates celebrate a goal by Karl Alzner in the first period against the Nashville Predators during an NHL game at the Verizon Center on Dec. 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Capitals Start Fast and Beat Predators

Alex Ovechkin’s goal was no surprise. But when defensemen Nate Schmidt and Karl Alzner scored, it was an unexpected bonus for Washington.


Peter Budaj #30 of the Montreal Canadiens makes a save in the third period against Martin Erat #10 of the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on November 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. (credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Desharnais Scores 1st, Canadiens Top Capitals 3-2

After David Desharnais had scored his long-awaited first goal of the season, after his team had taken a three-goal lead that prompted Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates to call out his veterans, and after Alex Ovechkin had scored twice to take the solo lead among NHL goal-scorers, there was still a lead for the Montreal Canadiens to preserve in the closing minutes.


Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals

Caps Fall To Penguins 4-0

Sidney Crosby delivered a goal and an assist to get the better of a quiet Alex Ovechkin in the past league MVPs’ first matchup as division rivals, Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 4-0 on Wednesday night.


Alex Ovechkin celebrates after scoring his first goal of the first period against the St. Louis Blues during a game at the Verizon Center on Nov. 17, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Ovechkin Gets 2 to Tie Steen; Caps Top Blues

Ovechkin once. Ovechkin twice. Steen not at all. Just like that, there’s a tie atop the NHL goal scoring race, as well as a new leader in the Metropolitan Division.


File photo of Alex Ovechkin. (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Ovechkin Scores in OT, Caps Top Blue Jackets 4-3

Alex Ovechkin put in a rebound 1:34 into overtime Tuesday night, giving the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Alex Ovechkin. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ovechkin Scores 2; Caps Top Islanders 6-2

After scoring twice in his return from a shoulder injury, Alex Ovechkin supplied the assist on Tom Wilson’s first NHL goal. After the game, he stunned the 19-year-old rookie mid-interview with a red pillow smothered with blue shaving cream right in the face.


Alex Ovechkin (Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Alex Ovechkin Out with Upper-Body Injury Against Flyers

Alex Ovechkin will miss the Washington Capitals’ game on Friday with an upper-body injury.


Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals celebrates with Nicklas Backstrom after Backstrom scored the team's third goal against the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL game at Rexall Place on Oct. 24, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Capitals defeated the Oilers 4-1. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Ovechkin’s 10th Goal Lifts Caps Over Oilers

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 10th goal and added an assist for the Washington Capitals, who beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Thursday night for their third straight win.





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