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Alex Ovechkin Getting Hot At Right Time For Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals Ovechkin

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The Washington Capitals got off to a rough start to the 2013 season, but with a pair of back-to-back wins they appear to have turned the corner. One of the keys to this improvement is the sudden hot play of star winger Alex Ovechkin, who has scored in each of the team’s past three games after registering just three points in their first seven contests.

Ovechkin now has five goals on the season and 10 points. If the Capitals are to have any success in 2013, they will need him to continue playing like one of the best players in the game. He seems to finally be finding some chemistry with Mike Ribeiro on the top line and Ribeiro has stayed hot offensively as well. Acquired from the Dallas Stars in the offseason, Ribeiro’s five goals and 12 points currently leads the team. After playing with Alexander Semin for the past few seasons, it was to be expected that there might be a bit of an adjustment period for Ovechkin to start the season.

A goal from Ovechkin on the power play against the Florida Panthers Tuesday night tied the game with under three minutes remaining and eventually forced overtime. A goal from Troy Brouwer in the extra period won the game for the Capitals as they beat their division foe Panthers for a second straight game.

Ovechkin scored 38 goals and reached 65 points for the Capitals last season, his second-lowest goal total of his career and his lowest point total to date. He seems to be getting things back on track as the season passes the quarter mark, a good sign for a Capitals team whose success is often closely related to how well the Russian star is performing.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL blogger for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.