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Alex Ovechkin Powers Washington Capitals To Win vs. Against Boston Bruins

Alex Ovechkin

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If not for Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals might be wallowing at the bottom of the standings.

The three-time MVP scored his 42nd and 43rd goals of the season (tallying his 800th career point) against the Boston Bruins to give the Capitals their fourth-straight win. That matches their longest win streak of the season so far. For Ovechkin, it continues his torrid scoring pace he was on before the Olympic break. He leads the league in goals, and it’s not even a contest at this point. Phil Kessel, the second-leading scorer in the league, is still 11 goals behind the Great 8.

It was a badly needed win against one of the best teams in the league, and it starts their insanely difficult March schedule on the right foot — on the road, no less. They are still going to have keep their foot on the gas if they want to win their games, but this victory should at least give them confidence going forward.

The win boosts the Capitals into the third and final playoff spot into the Metropolitan division, booting the Philadelphia Flyers out of the picture. Coincidentally, the Caps and Flyers meet early tomorrow afternoon in what will no doubt be an intense and important game for both clubs. With how hard points are going to be to earn, it behooves Washington to win the proverbial four-point games within their division. A win against the Flyers tomorrow would give them at least a little breathing room.

Ovechkin has three points in two games against the Flyers this season, and 42 in 31 games all-time. While Washington needs their secondary players to help them (like they did today and against Florida on Thursday) they certainly won’t mind Ovechkin wearing out the red light on the way to another Rocket Richard trophy.

Jon Garcia is an NHL Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JGarcia36 or add him to your network on Google