In Washington DC it feels like the “good ole days” again. Alexander Ovechkin just capped off the 2013 NHL regular season by winning the Rocket Richard trophy for the third time in his career. For the second time in their playing career, Mike Green led all defenseman in goals scored while Ovechkin won the Richard Trophy.
Alexander Ovechkin ended the season with 32 goals in 48 games, while the second place Steven Stamkos had 29 goals. Mike Green had a much closer margin in edging out Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban 12 goals to 11. After the wretched start the Capitals had in January and most of February, who knew that these two players would end on such a tear.
If the Capitals production is to continue with a long playoff run, it will be up to these two guys to keep it going. They have both enjoyed tremendous success on the leagues top power play (26.8%). Mike Green netting 4 of his 12 goals on the power play while Alex Ovechkin lit it up for a league leading 16 power play goals. Steven Stamkos was the only other player to reach double digit power play goals (10).
Whatever has gotten into the Capitals offense is going to have to keep going strong in order to move on in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Any and all trophies earned during the regular season became very expensive paper weights if the team doesn’t bring Lord Stanley’s Cup home.
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