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Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov praised Alex Ovechkin just hours before Game 3 knockout

Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov praised Alex Ovechkin just hours before Game 3 knockout

<p>Tension boiled over in Monday's Game 3 between the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes, with Alex Ovechkin and Andrei Svechnikov exchanging words before dropping the gloves in the first period.</p><p>Ovechkin won the bout easily and <a href=" with a few punches</a>, leading to Svechnikov being out for the remainder of the game.</p><p>Ironically,&nbsp;just hours before puck drop, the 19-year-old had nothing but good things to say about Ovechkin to Chip Alexander, the Hurricanes beat writer for the Raleigh News &amp; Observer, after Carolina's morning skate.</p><p>"I followed him as a kid. Good guy. Leader of the team. It's fun to play against him," <a href="">Svechnikov told Alexander Monday</a>.</p><p></p><p>In addition to idolizing Ovechkin, Svechnikov has also had friendly interactions with the Caps' captain. After watching the Caps win Game 4 against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Hurricanes rookie got to meet&nbsp;Ovechkin, his idol who wished him good luck in the upcoming draft, as well as Evgeny Kuznetsov, <a href="">reported AP's Steve Whyno</a>.</p><p>"Just famous guy – everybody knows him and everybody watch him," <a href="">Svechnikov told Whyno of Ovechkin</a>. "It's just an honor to have met with him."</p><p>Svechnikov went second overall in 2018 and has two goals and three points so far in the 2019 postseason.</p><p><strong><em>MORE CAPITALS NEWS:</em></strong></p><ul><li><strong>'He Asked Me to Fight': </strong><a href=" Ovi dropped the gloves with Svechnikov</a></li><li><strong>Embarrassing:</strong><a href=" shut out by Hurricanes 5-0</a></li><li><strong>Throwing Shade: </strong><a href=" href=" throws shade after Ovi&nbsp;KO's his brother</a></li><li><strong>Dropping the gloves</strong>:&nbsp;<a href=" happened the last time Ovi fought</a></li></ul><footer><p>[video:

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Capitals vs. Ducks Game 23: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Capitals vs. Ducks Game 23: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

It is Week 10 of the hockey season.

The Capitals are sitting at 15-2, having just added another win after their last game against the Boston Bruins, a dramatic 3-2 shootout victory. 

The Capitals will be hosting the Anaheim Ducks at the Capital One Arena Monday night. Currently, the Ducks have a 10-9 record, just beating the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Saturday. 

Now, here is all the information you need to know in order to watch Monday night’s game.


What: Washington Capitals vs. Anaheim Ducks

Where: Capital One Arena

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals vs. Ducks game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Ducks on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, SiriusXM Channel 91, Streaming 920


6:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

7:00 PM: NHL: Anaheim Ducks @ Capitals

9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live

10:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live



C Nick Dowd, upper body, out

LW Carl Hagelin, upper body, out


D Hampus Lindholm, undisclosed, injury reserve

RW Ondrej Kase, jaw injury, day-to-day 



John Carlson, D: John Carlson's eight goals make him the team's highest-scoring defender, and his 24 assists lead the Capitals.

Alex Ovechkin, LW: Ovechkin leads the team with 14 goals this season. Ovechkin also is in fourth on the team with 10 assists.


Jakob Silfverberg, LW: Team-leader in goals made this season racking up nine goals. Tied for the most assists, with eight. 

Rickard Rakell, C: Contributed 14 points, the second-most on the Ducks, and shares the tie with eight assists. 


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Caps finally solve Halak for improbable shootout win

Caps finally solve Halak for improbable shootout win

The Capitals needed a goal from T.J. Oshie with less than a minute remaining to force overtime on Saturday where they would go on to defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in a shootout.

It looked like Jaroslav Halak would once again pull off a miraculous win as he turned aside 42 shots, but the Caps kept up the pressure late to tie the game and get back in the win column.

Saturday's win is now Washington's 15th in the last 16 contests against the Bruins.

Here is how the Caps won.

Boyd makes the most of his opportunity

On Friday, Travis Boyd was a Hershey Bear. With Nic Dowd and Carl Hagelin both injured but without enough money under the cap for Boyd, the Caps recalled Tyler Lewington on Friday and skated seven defensemen and only 11 forwards against the Montreal Canadiens. On Saturday, the team sent Lewington and Ilya Samsonov to Hershey and recalled Vitek Vanecek and Boyd. The extra cap space the team gained from Vanecek taking Samsonov's spot allowed them to recall Boyd and skate four full forward lines. The impact of Boyd's addition was felt in the first period when Boyd scored a deflection to beat Halak and get the Caps on the board.

In seven games with the Caps this season, Boyd has one goal and four assists.

Caps get their power play setup on 6-on-5

For much of the night, the Caps just could not figure out Halak. They poured on the shots, but he was there each time and looked like he would be able to lead his team to the narrow victory. Late in regulation, the Caps pulled Braden Holtby for the extra attacker and the Caps gave Boston a power play look.

Washington had its top power play unit on the ice plus Tom Wilson. The goal looked like one right out of the power play's playbook with Evgeny Kuznetsov behind the goal line feeding Oshie in the slot. Oshie is great at getting those quick shots away from in close and he finally beat Halak with 59 seconds remaining.

Oshie was instrumental in setting up the goal as well as he blocked a clearing attempt from Zdeno Chara with his glove to keep the puck in the offensive zone just seconds before Kuznetsov set him up for the goal.

Backstrom and Vrana deliver in the shootout

Washington scored only twice on the shootout, but that would be all they needed.

The normally automatic Oshie was stopped on his shootout attempt putting Washington behind early on.I n a score-or-go-home situation for Nicklas Backstrom, he managed to sneak a shot in between the glove and the pad of Halak to force extra rounds of the shootout. Then Jakub Vrana pulled off one of the nices shootout goals you will ever see.