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Caps’ Alex Ovechkin Credits Sister-in-Law For Scoring Outburst

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Washington Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin is in the midst of an incredible scoring outburst.

Ovechkin has scored seven goals in his first two games, and he’s the only player since 1917-18 to open the season with two straight hat tricks.

Ovechkin credits his sister-in-law for his historic run.

“My wife, her sister is here and every time she’s in town I score a hat trick,” Ovechkin said Sunday, per Tom Gulitti of NHL.com.

“So back-to-back (hat tricks) and she’s leaving Monday, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to talk to someone to keep her here.”

Capitals head coach coach Barry Trotz said that the talk of a potential decline may have motivated Ovechkin.

“Everybody says he can’t score 50 goals, so he might get in his mind that I’m going to score 70 just to prove you wrong,” Trotz said.

“I think the top athletes in this game and in all sports, when you doubt them they put their back up and hopefully that happened. That would be a bonus for us and a bonus for Alex.”

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Lightning Shopping Slater Koekkoek

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping defenseman, and former first round pick, Slater Koekkoek, according to SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Tampa Bay is now motivated to trade away their once prized prospect, who is currently playing with the Syracuse Crunch on a conditioning stint.

Koekkoek is waiver eligible and will become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights in the summer of 2019.

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Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky Will Not Dress Due To Team Incident

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that veteran goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will not dress for tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators due to what is being described as an “incident”.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen stated the following:

“There are certain expectations and values that we have established for our players that define our culture. An incident occurred in which Sergei failed to meet those expectations and values, so we made the decision that he would not be with the team for tonight’s game. This is an internal matter and we will have no further comment at this time.”

In corresponding moves, the Blue Jackets has recalled Jean-Francois Berube, and placed both Brandon Dubinsky and Markus Hannikainen on injured reserve.

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Leafs’ Frederik Andersen Targeting Saturday Return

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltender Frederik Andersen said that he is eyeing the team’s upcoming game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday to make his return to the ice.

Andersen was placed on injured reserve on January 3rd, retroactive to December 23rd, and hasn’t played since December 22nd.

Despite his goal of a Saturday return, Maple Leafs’ head coach Mike Babcock is looking towards Monday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche as the best time for his return.

Babcock pours a little cold water on Andersen’s reveal, saying it might be Monday vs. Colorado. Hmmm…— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) January 9, 2019

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