Skip to main content

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.

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.

TOP HEADLINES

Max Domi

NHL Off-Season Outlook: Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes are set for an interesting off-season with some notable free agents, but can the club remain a true contender heading into 2022-23?

1972 Cornwall Royals

The 1972 Memorial Cup and its Impact on the 1982 Stanley Cup Final

The 1972 Memorial Cup was the first of its kind - a forerunner of the modern tournament. Its underdog champion would shock the world, and a decade later, fate would bring several of its combatants back for a fight for the Stanley Cup.

USATSI_18595967

Lightning Trade McDonagh to Predators

The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded defenseman Ryan McDonagh to the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Grant Mismash.