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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
6 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
7 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 61 15 33 2 48
B. Ryan 57 16 31 10 47
K. Turris 61 15 28 -5 43
M. Hoffman 58 23 17 25 40
M. Stone 59 15 24 10 39
M. Zibanejad 59 16 18 4 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 56 11 14 -2 25
D. Legwand 59 8 14 -4 22
A. Chiasson 55 9 12 -8 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02