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Alex Ovechkin carries the Olympic torch flame in September on its way to the Russian resort of Sochi, which will host the Feb. 7-23, 2014 Winter Olympics. (Photo credit: DIMITRI MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Face of Hockey, Ovechkin Faces Pressure in Sochi

There’s been an open season on Russia leading up to the Sochi Games, and that clearly strikes a nerve with Alex Ovechkin.

01/14/2014

Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild passes the puck in front of Alex Ovechkin. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Caps Surrender 5 Goals on 11 Shots in Loss to Wild

Ryan Suter had a career-best performance, and the Minnesota Wild made NHL history — all part of one impressive comeback Saturday night.

01/05/2014

Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes works the puck around Brooks Laich and Joel Ward of the Washington Capitals during the third period of the Hurricanes' 4-3 overtime win at Verizon Center on Jan. 2, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Skinner’s Hat Trick Helps ‘Canes Hand Caps 3rd Straight Loss

Jeff Skinner scored three goals, including the winner in overtime, and Anton Khudobin made 38 saves in his first start in 2½ months Thursday night in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals.

01/02/2014

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Capitals Blow Late 2-Goal Lead, Fall to Devils in OT

The season isn’t quite half over, and already New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer might be running out ways to praise about Jaromir Jagr.

12/22/2013

Braydon Coburn of the Philadelphia Flyers collides with Alex Ovechkin after Ovechkin had been high-sticked by Kimmo Timonen (not pictured) during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pa. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Ovechkin Scores But Flyers Drop Caps 5-2

Jakub Voracek scored two goals and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 Tuesday night.

12/17/2013

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.

12/08/2013

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.

11/18/2013

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.

10/25/2013

Martin Erat of the Washington Capitals. (Photo by Anthony Vence/Getty Images)

Capitals Outlast Jets Behind Erat’s Shootout Winner

Martin Erat scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout and the Washington Capitals escaped with a 5-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

10/22/2013

Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers makes a save in the first period against Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Capitals Blanked Again by Lundqvist in Loss to Rangers

Playoffs or regular season, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been absolutely perfect the past three times he has faced Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

10/17/2013

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