Ovechkin returns from 2-game suspension, scores in 1st period for Capitals

TAMPA, Fla. – Alex Ovechkin has returned from a two-game NHL suspension in style, scoring in the first period for the Washington Capitals.

Ovechkin scored his 45th goal of the season on Saturday night to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead 10:47 into their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ovechkin took a long pass off the boards from Nicklas Backstrom, skated in on a breakaway, and easily scored on Antero Niittymaki.

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The two-time defending NHL MVP was suspended after shoving Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brian Campbell from behind and sending him into the boards last Sunday. Campbell broke his collarbone and ribs, and is expected to miss at least the rest of the regular season.