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This time a year ago, Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals were limping away from another early playoff exit. His 16 even-strength goals in the regular season tied for the lowest of his career. Injuries limited him to five goals in 13 playoff games.
Alex Ovechkin scored midway through the game and Lars Eller had a go-ahead goal with 6:37 left in the third period, lifting the Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 on Thursday night.
Connecticut Sun starting forwards Alyssa Thomas (shoulder) and Chiney Ogwumike (knee) were injured in successive games last week as the team lost three games in a row and fell out of first place in the overall WNBA standings.