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On a frigid Saturday night in late December, the Washington Capitals, playing their final game of the season, begin a three-game road trip against the New York Rangers, who have won three straight.
The Capitals and the Rangers play at Madison Square Garden, and the game ends with the Capitals and Rangers facing off in a rematch of last season’s series.
The Caps win 4-3 in overtime, and as they stand outside their locker room, the Rangers’ goalie has been doing what he does best: staring at the trophy on his back, like a man who has just seen a trophy in the sun.
This is what he is doing for a trophy.
He is standing outside the trophy cabinet.
It is one of a handful of trophy cases around the Caps locker room that has been in his possession since he was drafted by the team in the fourth round in 2007.
It was a trophy that his mother had given him as a gift.
He had no idea it would end up in the possession of one of the team’s superstars.
“It was just a big, big thing, a trophy,” he says.
“That’s what it was.
But I don’t remember that much about it, other than that it was just one of those things that I wanted to hold on to.
I don�t remember anything else.
The trophy is the one in the Caps’ locker room where Alex Ovechkin, who was selected in the first round of the 2007 draft, and Braden Holtby, who has won three Stanley Cups with the Caps, sit together in the corner. “
I still have the one from when I was in high school, so I’m sure it still exists somewhere.”
The trophy is the one in the Caps’ locker room where Alex Ovechkin, who was selected in the first round of the 2007 draft, and Braden Holtby, who has won three Stanley Cups with the Caps, sit together in the corner.
Ovechakin is the first of three Capitals to play for Holtby.
The other two are Ovi and Dwayne Roloson.
“Ovi and Holtby are really good friends,” Ovechekhkin says.
They have played together on the national ice for four seasons, and Ovi is in the final year of a three year, $27.5 million contract.
“They are my idols,” he adds.
“Obviously they are two guys that I play with a lot, and they were really good together.
They were always going to get to the next level, and we are going to see what happens.”
Ovechuk and Holtbys were teammates on the Capitals’ 2008 Olympic team, and he says he always had a special place in his heart for the young goalie.
“When he came here, we were all very young and I think I was a little bit younger than him.
So, I played with him for a little while, and then he played for a year with us and then, I think, a year after that, I came here,” he said.
He would do anything to make sure he would have a good time and he could stay at the top of his game. “
The most important thing I’ve learned about him is just that he was always looking for the right time to get better.
He would do anything to make sure he would have a good time and he could stay at the top of his game.
And I always liked that about him.”
The Capitals are headed to the ice at Madison Garden for the first time since losing in overtime to the Rangers in Game 7 of the first-round series.
“We just need to win tonight,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz says.
And if they do, Ovechiks will be back with them.
“He has a tremendous amount of respect for our players, and obviously he was a really good friend of mine,” Ovi says.
He knows Holtby well.
“Brad is an absolute legend in the game,” Ovedchkin says of Holtby in the locker room.
“You look at him, he is a legend.
He has so many great goals, and so many fantastic seasons, he has been a big part of that.
And, obviously [Ovechka] and Brad are going in the same direction. “
So it’s just exciting to see him back.
And, obviously [Ovechka] and Brad are going in the same direction.
We are very happy with how he’s progressing, and hopefully we can continue on his trajectory and he can do even better.”
The Caps have not lost since Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, when they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in seven games.
The teams are tied for the most points in the NHL, and both teams are averaging close to three goals per game.
The Rangers are also scoring more than they have in the past three games.
They are 11-8-1 all-time against the Capitals, who are 9-6-1 at Madison.
“These are the kind of games where it’s like, we just need this win tonight to move forward,” Trotz said.
They’ve played just three games in the last seven days,