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3-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals eliminated from playoff contention

WASHINGTON – Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals have been officially eliminated from playoff contention, the first time they’ll sit out the post-season since 2007.

The Capitals were off Wednesday night, when the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings clinched the last two berths in the Eastern Conference.

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Washington is six points behind both of those clubs with three games left to play, but it would lose all tiebreakers.

Ovechkin, a three-time league MVP, leads the NHL with 50 goals this season.