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Caps Today, 4/9/13

Today's Storyline

The Washington Capitals will face the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal for the first time this season.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 24th goal of the season and added an empty net goal, his 25th of the year, on April 7 vs. Tampa Bay and has now recorded 16g-7a in his last 14 games. Ovechkin currently ranks tied for first in the league in goals (Stamkos) and was named the NHL’s “First Star” of the Week for the week ending April 7. Ovechkin earned “First Star” honors for the second time in the last three weeks. 

Upcoming Media
Today, 12:45 p.m.: Alan May on The Sports Fix, ESPN 980 AM

Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Pay First Visit to Montreal

Monumental Network: Rinkside Update with Alex Ovechkin 4/8/13 / Caps Red Line Presented by GEICO: Episode 7 / Monumental Today 4/8/13

Capitals Voice: Your Capitals Minute for Monday, April 8

Washington Post: Surging Capitals confident they can overcome recent wave of injuries / Hamilton: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals should hope everyone's a critic / Capitals Insider: Alex Ovechkin named NHL's first star of the week / Capitals Insider: Jack Hillen had 'no idea' his wife went into labor Saturday night / DC Sports Bog: TSN analyst calls Ovechkin leading candidate for NHL MVP / DC Sports Bog: Randy Edsall calls an Alex Ovechkin goal / DC Sports Bog: Ovechkin's empty-netter and the Lightning bench / DC Sports Bog: Morning Pixels: McPhee says Caps are "in here to win"

Washington Times: Adam Oates to Alex Ovechkin: 'You are the man' / Capitals notes: Michal Neuvirth settles in after long Verizon Center absence / Capitals Watch: Alex Ovechkin named NHL 1st star of week / Capitals Watch: In spelling Braden Holtby, Michal Neuvirth excels for Caps / Capitals Watch: Joel Ward OK after blocking shot vs. Tampa Bay

Washington Examiner: Cheers and Jeers: Alex Ovechkin looking pretty great for Capitals again

CSN Washington: Ovechkin earns NHL's first star of the week / Ribeiro returns home / Silent Swedes fueling Ovi's engine / Hillen gets big surprise after Caps win

NHL: Red-hot Capitals set to face Canadiens / 5 reasons Ovechkin has returned to elite form / Explosive Ovechkin tied for Rocket Richard lead

Associated Press: Ovechkin, Oates have Capitals on top after rough start

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore Sports Blitz: Talking Capitals with Russian Machine Never Breaks For Capitals, Good Old Days are Now

Toronto Sun: Alex Ovechkin is Great once more

Washington Express: Injuries Not Slowing Down Caps

Yahoo Sports: What’s right with Alex Ovechkin?

Ted’s Take: Interview with Visionary Alan Kay / "H.H. Dalai Lama: In Conversation with the Dalai Lama" / 8-1-1

Recent Transactions
April 5 Signed Patrick Wey and Julien Brouillette
April 3 Acquired Martin Erat and Michael Latta from Nashville in exchange for Filip Forsberg; Assigned Nate Schmidt to Hershey

Game Notes


Injury Update
D Tom Poti – day-to-day

F Brooks Laich – day-to-day

F Martin Erat – day-to-day