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Lehner Said Ovechkin Shot Broke His Mask During Capitals’ Tilt With Vegas



Robin Lehner vs. the Capitals

With the Washington Capitals piling on the pressure and trying to solve Robin Lehner, Alex Ovechkin stepped up with a rocket of a shot that led to some chaos for the Swedish netminder.

Lehner said postgame that a shot from the Great 8 ended up breaking his goalie mask during the game, and he had to change lids.

“It was a really hard shot to take in the head. He broke my cage, it was a little scary,” Lehner said. “You felt the cage kind of bent into the cheekbone a little bit. I was lucky it wasn’t a little bit harder.”

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The 30-year-old wasn’t injured and didn’t leave the game. Despite the swap, Lehner still shined in net and stole the show with a 34-save shutout to lift Vegas to a 1-0 victory in D.C. Washington has now dropped seven of their last 10 decisions, but insist they are not jumping to conclusions and are not highly concerned at this point.

“We obviously have to figure that out, we have to start stringing some wins together,” Conor Sheary said. “It’s a long season, it’s 80 games, you’re going to have lulls in your play and wins and losses. I think we’re a team that can get hot. We’re a team that can win seven, eight straight in a row. We just got to get that confidence back, we’ve got to start scoring goals, getting secondary scoring. Our power play has got to get going. When all those things click, we’re a dangerous team. It seems right now it’s not going that way. I think we’ll find it, I think we all have confidence in that. Hopefully next game is when it starts.”

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