Capitals Vs. Red Wings: Alex Ovechkin Carries Caps To 5-3 Win

March 19, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) skates with the puck as he is defended by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart (23) in the second period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Whenever the Washington Capitals have been in a pinch, they can usually rely on Alex Ovechkin. That, however, has not been the case this season. Until now.

Ovechkin's two goals led the Caps to an important 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings Monday at Joe Louis Arena.

For the first time since Oct. 30, 2010, Ovechkin scored two power play goals in the same game, a feat he accomplished in the first period as Washington took a commanding 3-0 lead. Ovechkin now has five goals in his last four games after having five in his previous 13.

With the win, the Caps are now 2-2-0 during their pivotal five-game road trip as they maintain their hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Ovechkin is doing what he needs to be doing: carrying his team on his back. Washington's postseason hopes depend on it.

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