Alex Ovechkin does it all as Capitals whip Matt Hackett, Wild
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WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin was everywhere. He scored a goal. He had an assist. He played on two lines and was on the ice for nearly half the game. And, when the Minnesota Wild had a short-handed break, he hustled back and slid to break up Mikko Koivu's shot on the 2-on-1 break.
Ovechkin is Alexander the Great once again, and his resurgence couldn't be more timely for the Capitals, who beat the Wild 3-0 on Sunday to pull back into the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
The Wild were shut out for the eighth time this season and were without their latest injury casualty, center Matt Cullen, sidelined after breaking his right index finger Saturday night in a loss at Buffalo.
"There's no doubt that we're not quite there," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "I think we all know that. But I like a lot of the things that we have. If you want to look at guys we have in the lineup right now, we have a lot of guys that can win, not only to get to the playoffs, but the type of guys you want in your lineup when you do play in the playoffs."
Ovechkin played 26 minutes, 19 seconds, his second highest total of the season. The most important sequence came during the Capitals' second-period power play, when he broke up the breakaway and then got the secondary assist on Perrault's goal that made the score 2-0.
A blast from the left circle in the third period was the Capitals' third goal of the game and Ovechkin's 36th of the season.
The Wild open a three-game homestand at 7 p.m. Tuesday against the New York Rangers.© The Associated Press