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Having lost three consecutive games— and two of those to Metropolitan Division rivals— and with the trade deadline coming with the next sunrise, and the first round of the playoffs not so terribly far beyond that, the Washington Capitals came into the evening looking for a sorely needed slump-buster. And who better to set the table for them than the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs, who have been in free-fall mode, and resultantly sell-the-roster mode. Alex Ovechkin got the Caps off to a great start thirty seconds into the game, and the guys in red never looked back from there, and they secured a 4-0 victory.
Sunday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: The Caps were handed an opportunity to stem their losing streak on a silver platter, and they took it. Losing to the Leafs, who were on the back end of a back-to-back, would have just been brutal. Strong performances from the captain and from Braden Holtby were just the pill— a familiar recipe for success, and one that all red-rockers will keep looking for as we head into the final full month of the NHL season.
- Minus: No Ovi hat trick! For the love of all things, when will we see another Ovechkin hat trick?! The Great Eight's last trick came all the way back in December of 2013, when he lit the lamp four times against Ben Bishop and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
And now, this...
Ten more notes on the game:
It might have been against the Maple Leafs, but regardless of quality of opponent, the Caps secured a win when they desperately needed one to generate a little bit of positive momentum as they head into the home stretch. Curtis Glencross will make his debut on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets— an evening that will see the 2014-2015 Washing Capitals as we can expect to see them in the postseason.