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Senators look to shut down Ovechkin and the Caps tonight

Monday, 06.11.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators look to shut down Ovechkin and the Caps tonight
Washington Capitals star forward Alexander Ovechkin will receive special attention from Senators defencemen tonight.

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators will be keeping a close eye on young superstar Alexander Ovechkin when they visit the Washington Capitals tonight. Coach Bryan Murray is hoping to shut down the reigning Calder Trophy winner by committee.

"They'll have the last change to start with, so that makes a little bit of a difference," Murray said when asked how he'll approach matchups with Ovechkin tonight. "We just have to count on our top four guys on being able to get on the ice and match up as best they can. We know that he is an awfully good player.

"Everybody has to chip in. That's what we've said from Day 1 here. When you don't have the presence of one stopper, a variety of guys have to share the load."

Murray will go with Martin Gerber in goal tonight.

"I liked the way Martin looked today, so I am going to play him," Murray said after the pre-game skate.

All-star defenceman Wade Redden is expected to miss his fourth straight game for Ottawa with a lower-body injury.

"Before practice (today,) Gerry (Townend, Senators head athletic therapist) told me that (Redden) was going to skate light and then try to get a good skate in the end," said Murray. "It didn't look like he could play. I don't want him to play at three-quarters speed or anything like that. He's got to play at 100 per cent. We'll wait until Wednesday (prior to the game against the Atlanta Thrashers) and do a check at that point."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06