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VIDEO: Alex Ovechkin Named NHL Third Star Of The Week, Shows Defensive Chops

Alex Ovechkin was announced as the NHL's Third Star of the Week Monday morning, which was a nice piece of recognition for the man who has apparently found his scoring touch at just the right time.

The Capitals captain recorded six goals and seven points during a week that saw the Caps go 2-0-2 as they continued their quest for a playoff spot.

But as far as we're concerned, the most impressive play of Ovechkin's week came inside his own blue line during Sunday's 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild. Video's after the jump.

In the second period, with the Capitals up, 1-0, Ovechkin tracked back wonderfully and made a sliding block to deny Mikko Koivu a scoring chance on a 2-on-1 break. Ovechkin does particularly well here by making sure that the passing lane is blocked off, which left Koivu (who was clearly looking to pass) out of options.

(Video from CSN Washington via NBCSN.)