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NHL pluses and minuses: Washington Capitals hit their stride
NHL pluses and minuses: Washington Capitals hit their stride

Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the past week: + It took awhile for the Washington Capitals to adjust to new Coach Barry Trotz, but they've hit stride lately. Their 4-0 victory Saturday over the New Jersey Devils extended their points streak to eight (6-0-2) and included a dazzling goal by Alexander Ovechkin, who dodged two defenders and put the puck through his own legs before slicing a backhander past goaltender Cory Schneider. + New York Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot, newly signed to a one-year, $1.45-million contract extension, led his team to its sixth straight victory by stopping 18 shots Sunday in a 1-0 decision over the...

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