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Ovechkin Nets Winner as Conflict Percolates

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When he unleashed that game-winning wrist rocket from the point Monday night, Alex Ovechkin was battling a variety of forces. There were the rugged Rangers players who skated with him, the rabid Rangers fans, who counted down before each “Ovi (rhymes with Pucks!)” chant and, yes, his greatest neutralizer of all this postseason: Dale Hunter.

Ovechkin’s late goal that drew the Washington Capitals even in their Eastern Conference semifinal against New York at a game apiece got his coach off the hook for playing him the fewest minutes of his playoff career.

If the Caps go down 0-2 and Ovi doesn’t score in his paltry...

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