Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin scores a first period goal past Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Antero Niittymaki in an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 20, 2010, in Tampa, Fla.
Fleischmann and Semin also scored, Backis got an assist.
After morning skate Ovi said, "Hockey is a physical game. I don't want to go and play differently. For me it's just a suspension. I don't want to change nothing."
But... Coach Boudreau noticed that "Ovi looked tentative early, kind of "I don't want to get in trouble, but he got more comfortable and had a couple of good hits in the third".
On a few shifts Ovi looked tired. That's understandable because he didn't play two games and it takes a bit to get back in gaming shape.
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Ovi blamed the building, he said it was too hot.
Doesn't matter, hopefully Ovi will unleash the fury on Wednesday. :-)
1 goal, +1, total ice time 22:52, even 15:51, PP 06:40, 7 shots on goal, 3 attempts blocked, 3 missed, 1 hit
A year ago Ovi had his 50th goal scored vs Tampa
"Sticks of Fire" goal celebration (March 19, 2009)