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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 MTL 21 15 5 1 59 52 31
2 TBL 21 13 6 2 75 59 28
3 BOS 21 13 8 0 57 52 26
4 DET 19 10 4 5 54 45 25
5 OTT 18 9 5 4 50 47 22
6 TOR 20 10 8 2 63 62 22
7 FLA 17 7 5 5 38 44 19
8 BUF 20 5 13 2 34 69 12

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. MacArthur 18 8 6 -3 14
E. Karlsson 18 4 9 -3 13
B. Ryan 17 5 6 1 11
K. Turris 18 3 8 -1 11
A. Chiasson 15 5 5 -3 10
M. Stone 17 5 4 3 9
M. Hoffman 15 7 1 8 8
M. Michalek 18 2 5 0 7
C. Ceci 18 0 7 4 7
D. Legwand 18 2 4 -1 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 5 3 3 .935 2.23
R. Lehner 4 2 1 .917 2.82