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Need to know: Saturday night edition

Alex Ovechkin scored three goals as the Capitals hammered the Devils. Didn't see that coming, did you?

Jimmy Howard stonewalled the Predators. Boy, do the Predators ever miss Alexander Radulov. (I kid, I kid.)

• Gordie Howe and Wayne Simmonds were mentioned in the same breath not once but twice this week, after Simmonds had a goal, an assist and a fight again for the Flyers, this time in their win against the Jets. But let's see him pull that at 40.

• The hits keep on coming on Broadway. But only in a forced-wordplay kind of way. Already playing without Rick Nash and Michael Del Zotto, the Rangers' curse of '13 continued when defenseman Dan Girardi stopped a slapper with the side of his ankle and Ryan McDonagh was face-smashed into the glass against the Canadiens. The season is going down the tubes fast for the preseason Eastern Conference favorite.

• Speaking of injuries, you knew the compressed season was going to bring the pain, but this is more than just groin pulls to fourth-line energy guys who were skating with their pals during the lockout: Evgeni Malkin, Craig Anderson, Rick Nash, Jeff Skinner, Marian Hossa, Gabriel Landeskog, Kari Lehtonen, Johan Franzen, Jason Spezza, Matt Read, Scott Hartnell, Vladimir Tarasenko, James Reimer.

• Key stats from the night: Carey Price, second shutout in past four games; Jeff Carter, ninth goal; Patrick Marleau, 12th goal; John Tavares, 12th goal; Steven Stamkos, 12th goal; Troy Brouwer, eighth goal; Alex Ovechkin, sixth, seventh and eighth goals; Mike Smith, 41 saves in loss.