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The Capitals have been treading water in the standings the past few weeks, but they could take off soon if Alex Ovechkin breaks out of his season-long funk and starts pouring in goals. (Isn't it crazy that Ovechkin is averaging a point per game this season and is considered to be in a funk?)

The Russian superstar had a hat trick in the Capitals' 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday, and he has six points in his past four games. Ovechkin didn't score in Monday night's 2-1 shootout loss to the Rangers, but he was buzzing around the zone and fired six shots on goal.

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"To me his speed has increased recently," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau told The Washington Post. "His puck handling has increased, he's gotten a little bit better. Again [Monday] he had, I thought, two really good chances to score. Sometimes you get them, some years they're all going in and some years they're not going in. He's fighting for every goal he can get this year."

If the bounces start going Ovechkin's way again, we could see an avalanche of goals from the All-Star left winger. He trails Steven Stamkos by 16 points in the scoring race with 32 games left, so another Art Ross Trophy is probably out of the question. But hey, you never know with Ovie.

Another encouraging development has been the play of Braden Holtby, one of the Capitals' three young goalies. Recalled last week after Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov got hurt, Holtby has allowed three regulation goals in three games, stopping 87 of the 90 shots he has faced.

I'm still not sold on the Capitals' talented young goalies, though. Until one steps up and runs away with the job, it will be considered an area of weakness. The Capitals need to find one guy to ride during the playoff run instead of playing musical goalies for a third consecutive postseason.

Hopefully, Washington will acquire someone like Tomas Vokoun or Jean-Sebastien Giguere before the trade deadline. It might just be what this team needs to get over the hump in May and June.

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