The player who earned the “Mr. Game 7” moniker for going 7-0 with seven goals and seven assists in winner-take-all situations lost in a Game 7 for the first time with the Washington Capitals in 2017. Now he's back as captain of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Alex Ovechkin tied Canadiens great Maurice "Rocket" Richard with his 544th career goal and had two assists, leading the Capitals to a 4-1 victory over host Montreal on Monday night for their sixth straight win.
The Orioles finally ended their seemingly interminable losing streak at Rogers Centre with a 4-3 win on Thursday afternoon, but they might have lost one of their most important players to injury. Starter Jeremy Guthrie, who pitched well before leaving the win over the Blue Jays, expects to see team physician Dr. John Wilckens Friday in Baltimore to have his upper back strain evaluated. ... Orioles designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero picked up his 2,500th career hit (his 2,501st may come as a pinch-hitter). ... Golden Boy Michael Phelps said there is no doubt he won't win eight gold medals in the London Olympics because he isn't competing in eight events.
The Capitals have had trouble cashing in this season, but playing five Washington forwards paid off for Jimmy Smith, a Capitals fan from Alexandria, Va. Smith won the Virginia Lottery's Cash 5 game last month with the lucky combination of 8-19-21-22-28, the numbers of Capitals' top five point-getters.