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Washington Capitals (0-0)

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@ NJ 
L 1-4
@ Mon 
W 4-2
vs. StL 
L 0-4
vs. Car 
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vs. NJ 
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Capitals' Ovechkin expresses Olympic disappointment

(TSX / STATS) -- Washington Capitals star winger Alex Ovechkin released a statement through the team late Thursday describing his disappointment with the NHL not participating in the upcoming Winter Olympics.

The statement comes after reports that the International Ice Hockey Federation, which oversees international competitions, teamed up with the NHL to block players from defying the North American league's directive, which Ovechkin was assumed to have on his agenda.

"The Olympics are in my blood and everybody knows how much I love my country," Ovechkin's statement read. "Ever since I was a kid and all the time I have played in the NHL, NHL players have played in the Olympic Games. We never have to make choice between our team and our country my whole career. I love the Capitals and my teammates here as much as I love my country and I know all the other NHL players feel the same for their teams. We should not have to be in position to make this choice."

Points: N. Backstrom86
Plus/Minus: B. Orpik32
Shots on Goal: A. Ovechkin313
PIM: T. Wilson133
Win: B. Holtby42
Shutouts: B. Holtby9
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 261 (3)
Shots: 2495 (13)
PP%: 23.1% (4)
Penalty Minutes: 750 (17)
Assists: 453 (2)
SH Goals: 5 (22)
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
Carolina 0 0 0 0
Columbus 0 0 0 0
New Jersey 0 0 0 0
NY Islanders 0 0 0 0
NY Rangers 0 0 0 0
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0
Washington 0 0 0 0
Full Standings
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 177 (30)
Shots Against: 2282 (27)
PK%: 83.8% (7)
Penalty Minutes: 711 (17)
Shutouts: 12 (1)
Sv%: 0.922 (2)
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries
Date Player Transactions
9/21 D. Zaitsev Assigned to Junior Club Moose Jaw-WHL
9/21 G. Pilon Assigned to Junior Club Kamloops-WHL
9/21 B. Malenstyn Assigned to Junior Club Calgary-WHL
9/21 D. Riat Released
9/21 J. Devito Released
9/21 B. Semchuk Released
9/21 M. Simpson Released
9/21 A. Morrison Released
9/21 T. Jeannot Released
9/21 R. Baillargeon Released
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