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, Manitoba — It’s no wonder the Washington Capitals are suffering from a serious Stanley Cup hangover.It’s not uncommon for the winners of hockey’s holy grail to get off to a slow start the following season but when you consider how much liquor the Capitals players consumed during a seemingly summer-long party — particularly captain Alex Ovechkin — it’s conceivable that their heads could ache until Christmas.And the Winnipeg Jets, who host the champs at Bell MTS Place on Wednesday, don’t want to give them any secret cures.Article continues below ...The Capitals are outside of the top eight spots in the Eastern Conference and granted, there are still more than 60 games to go, but they have a target on their backs that they haven’t had previously.Jets coach Paul Maurice isn’t surprised the Capitals have stumbled out of the gate but he also doesn’t expect it to be long before they right the ship.“I would think coming off the playoff high that they came off, (the issue of) getting as excited about a game in October or November has to be real. When you win a Stanley Cup, you’re usually powerful enough to get through these, I don’t know if they’re dog days for them, but the first 40 games. They know they can amp their game up,” Maurice said.“There’s such a huge difference between playoff hockey and regular season hockey. Emotions that are easily attached in the playoffs are sometimes hard to find (in the regular season). They’re still a really powerful team.”The main story line of any Jets-Capitals contest is the goal-scoring rivalry between Ovechkin, the seven-time Rocket Richard trophy winner, and Jets sniper Patrik Laine.Ovechkin topped the league in goals once again last season with 49, outpacing Laine’s 44.Both should get at least a few good opportunities to add to their current totals — Ovechkin has 12 while Laine has eight — as the Jets (34 percent) and Capitals (30.3 percent) boast the top two power plays in the NHL this season.Ovechkin has filled his boots against the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers during his career, notching 47 goals and 91 points in 63 games.Laine Authentic Myles Garrett Jersey
, meanwhile, who has been heating up the last couple of weeks, has yet to score a goal at even strength this season. Seven of his goals have been scored on the power play while one was shot into an empty net. He has a team-high 64 shots on goal.The Capitals come to town on the heels of defeating the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on the road Tuesday night, stopping a two-game slide. They received a boost from right winger Tom Wilson, who had his 20-game suspension reduced to 14 earlier in the day by an arbitrator, and scored a goal in his return to put the Capitals up 2-0 late in the first period. He also was assessed a penalty for goaltender interference after the puck crossed the goal line.“That was a first for me to score and get a penalty on the same play,” Wilson said in a post-game scrum. “I was just going hard to the net and (defenseman Dmitry Orlov) put it right on my tape. I was trying to do everything I could to get out of the way, so I’ll take the goal and the kill.”Jets forward Mathieu Perreault left practice with an apparent leg injury Tuesday but Maurice said he expects he’ll be fine Wednesday. ST. LOUIS (AP) Jaden Schwartz and the St. Louis Blues waited most of the season for some late-game magic.They finally found it.Schwartz scored his second goal of the game 30 seconds into overtime to give St. Louis a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.It was the Blues’ third successive come-from-behind win in overtime. They beat Chicago 5-4 on Sunday after a 4-3 extra period win over the New York Rangers a day earlier.Going into Saturday’s game, St. Louis had a 2-23-1 record when trailing after the second period.”We knew we had it in us,” coach Mike Yeo said. ”Obviously, we’re finding it at the right time.”The Blues won for the fifth time in six games to move within two points of the final Western Conference wild-card spot.Jake Allen made 21 saves to improve to 24-21-2.Ryan Donato scored for Boston. The Bruins clinched a playoff spot and moved within four points of Tampa Bay for the Eastern lead.Schwartz scored his third game-winning goal of the season with a nifty coast-to-coast march in the extra period. He took a drop pass from Colton Parayko and skated behind his own net to gain momentum.Schwartz weaved through a pair of defenders and drilled a hard shot from the slot past goalie Anton Khudobin, who made 18 saves.”I had some space and I just tried to pick up some speed,” Schwartz said. ”I wanted to see what was going to develop. I got a little one-on-one and just tried to change the angle.”Schwartz, who got his 15th career game-winner Jarvis Landry Jersey Elite
, missed 20 games earlier in the season with a broken ankle.”He’s a heck of a player, he’s fun to watch,” St. Louis defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. ”He’s been so good for us this year in all aspects of the game.”Schwartz is having the time of his life during the Blues’ recent come-from-behind win streak.”We’re back to believing in ourselves,” Schwartz said. ”We’re doing a good job of playing the full 60 minutes and not giving up. We’re not panicking.”Schwartz tied it midway through the third period with a wrist shot from the top of the circle.Donato scored his second goal in his second NHL game. He had a goal and two assists in a 5-4 loss to Columbus on Monday night.Donato, still a student at Harvard University, returned to Massachusetts on Tuesday to attend class before flying back to St. Louis to rejoin the Bruins. His father, Ted, played 528 games in two stints with the Bruins (1992-99, 2003-04).Donato, who played for the U.S. Olympic team last month, drilled a shot past Allen in the first period. Pietrangelo’s clearing attempt hit referee Brad Watson and the puck bounced right to Donato.”That’s the goal, getting that playoff point is huge for us and being able to clinch that spot,” Donato said. ”But obviously we would have been a lot happier if we got the win as well.”Boston, which has a game in hand on Tampa Bay http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/myles-garrett-jersey
, joined Nashville and Tampa Bay as only teams to have clinched playoff spots.”Going into the season, we wanted to make the playoffs, be a Stanley Cup contender,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. ”Going forward, we want to be in the best position possible, playing the best hockey going in.”SHORT-HANDEDBoston was without seven key players:- C Patrice Bergeron (fractured left foot), D Charlie McAvoy (left knee), D Zdeno Chara (upper body), LW Jake DeBrusk (upper body), RW David Backes (right leg laceration), D Torey Krug (upper body) and LW Rick Nash (upper body). They have combined for 101 goals and 161 assists.NOTES: St. Louis RW Vladimir Tarasenko missed his second successive game after taking an elbow to the face against the New York Rangers on Saturday. … The Bruins have least one point in 12 of their last 15 games against St. Louis. … Only three Boston players – RW David Pastrnak, C Tim Schaller and C Sean Kuraly – have played in every game this season.UP NEXTBruins: At Dallas on Friday night in the second game of a four-game trip.Blues: Host Vancouver on Friday night.