Washington Capitals

Capitals: Ovechkin Suspension To Help Team

WASHINGTON  - MARCH 08:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his third period goal against the Dallas Stars on March 8, 2010 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. The Stars defeated the Caps 4-3 after a shootout.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Ben CousinsCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2010

Yes, you read that right.

The two game suspension Ovechkin got for his hit from behind on denfencemen Brian Campbell should benefit the Washington Capitals in the long run.

First of all, the team gains great confidence. Going 7-2-1 this season without Ovechkin in the line up, gives the team the confidence that they can win without their best player in their roster. The team should get a considerable boost of this.

The only potential negative, it might hurt Ovechkin's chance at the Hart trophy as it proves he is not as valuble to the capitals as everyone thought.

Secondly, rest. Ovechkin will now have almost a week without game action. In the hardest time of the season, this should do wonders to mend potential bumps and bruises. Ovechkin has had a pretty busy schedule this season, with the tight game schedule because of the Olympics and of course, the Olympics. Giving arguably the best player in the league a week of time off from the best team in the league will be dangerous to the other 29. 

Players like Fleischmann, Semin, Laich and Green had to step up for these two games, they should continue their play once the great 8 returns.

Its hard to imagine the Capitals any better than they are now. Or even that they needed improvement. But maybe this week is exactly what the doctor ordered.

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