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.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.