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The Noon Number: Putting Ovi on Ice

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A look at some rare limited ice time for the captain

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6 - Number of games in which Alex Ovechkin has had less ice time than the 14:12 he logged last night, including the playoffs. Three of those six were ejections (12/2/06 vs. Buffalo, 11/30/09 vs. Carolina and 3/14/10 vs. Chicago), and he left a fourth game early due to injury (11/1/09 vs. Columbus).

In fact, in his 938 career games (regular and postseason), Ovechkin has only fallen below 15 minutes nine times overall. Suffice it to say, it’s not something one should expect to see all that often going forward.