Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
It has almost become a hockey expression, an axiom, a cliche:
"As Alex Ovechkin goes, so go the Washington Capitals."
Since April 1, the former has been nearly unstoppable. By extension, so has the latter.
Alex Ovechkin has set an NHL record for the month of April with 13 goals. Ovechkin has used his record-setting month to surge to the NHL lead in goals with 31 and close in on his third Rocket Richard Trophy.
As a result, the Capitals have gone 10-1-0 in April, setting a franchise record for the month. And the team has used its record-setting month to clinch the final Southeast Division title before it is dissolved by realignment. Washington also clinches the the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
And now it's Ovechkin's time to shine. The 27-year-old Russian has 30 goals and 59 points in 51 career playoff games. Now he has a chance to add to those totals.
The Washington Capitals are depending on it.