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The Skinny: Isles 4, Rangers 3 (shootout)

"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 7 Isles 4, Rangers 3 (SO) Matthew Barzal scored his first NHL goal early in the second period to...

Monday, March 25, 2013

It's not who you play, but when you play them

...and in the Isles' case, now might not be the best time to be facing Alex Ovechkin twice in a 10-day period.

The Great 8 is the NHL's first star of the week...

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Ovechkin led the NHL with five goals and eight points in four games, stretching his season-long scoring streak to five games (6-3—9). He scored in a 2-1 loss to the Penguins March 19, Ovechkin's 14th goal in his last 12 regular-season visits to Pittsburgh. He then totaled five points in back-to-back games at Winnipeg, posting 1-2—3 in a 4-0 victory March 21 and two goals in a 6-1 win March 22. Ovechkin capped the week with one goal and one assist, plus the opening goal in the shootout, in a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers March 24. The 27-year-old Moscow native leads the Capitals with 16 goals in 32 games this season and ranks second on the club with 31 points.>>

 
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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