Ginobili struck a tone of cautious optimism. from miao1234's blog

WASHINGTON -- After scoring twice in his return from a shoulder injury, Alex Ovechkin supplied the assist on Tom Wilsons first NHL goal. Paul Goldschmidt Grey Jersey . After the game, he stunned the 19-year-old rookie mid-interview with a red pillow smothered with blue shaving cream right in the face. "Ohhh! My eyes!" said Wilson, who doubled over and had to retreat from the locker room to the shower room to get a towel and get the sting out. Wilson returned moments later to discuss his role in the Capitals 6-2 win Tuesday night over the New York Islanders. It is hard to overshadow Ovechkin, but Wilson gave it his best shot with his first assist, first goal and first wise decision to pass up a fight against Matt Carkner, who was baiting the youngster in the games final minutes. "He kind of joked around that he was trying to get me the Gordie Howe (hat trick), but I dont think my first Goldie Howe would want to be against him -- hes a pretty tough character," said Wilson, who kept pausing between answers to put his hand to his burning eyes. Ovechkin was obviously happy for Wilson, but the three-time NHL MVP was also all smiles about his own performance. After being sidelined for two games, he scored twice on the power play in a five-goal second period for the Capitals, who have won three straight and are above .500 for the first time this season (8-7). "I felt pretty refreshed out there," said Ovechkin, who has 12 goals this season. "Of course I had a few days off, had a couple of breaks, but I feel pretty good." John Carlson, Marcus Johansson and Alexander Urbom also scored for the Capitals, who went 4 for 6 on the power play. Nicklas Backstrom had three assists, and Braden Holtby made 34 saves. John Tavares and Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders, who had won two in a row. Evgeni Nabokov had 33 saves. "Our special teams werent very good. Our PK has to be better," Tavares said. "If we want to give those guys, 8 (Ovechkin) and 19 (Backstrom), those easy plays in front of the net, its going to make a tough night on our goaltender, and we hung him out to dry." Ovechkin was hurt last week when he crashed headfirst into the goalie and net in the first period of a loss at Vancouver. The Capitals won twice without him -- including a 7-0 rout of the Philadelphia Flyers -- and have scored 16 goals in three games. "That had a little bit of a look like last year to me," said Washington coach Adam Oates, recalling the teams late surge that put the Capitals in the playoffs. "A lot of good things." The Capitals were in control enough for Oates to give Wilson a rare appearance on the power play in the third period. Ovechkin fed Wilson in the slot with a pass that made it look as if the two had been playing together for longer than just a couple of months. "Pretty cool to have him pass me that first one," Wilson said. Even it meant his eyes would be stinging for a while. NOTES: Washington has outscored opponents 26-13 in the second period this season. ... Wilson got his first NHL point with the primary assist on Urboms goal. ... The loss opened a four-game road trip for the Islanders. ... Thomas Vanek, in his fourth game since being acquired in a trade from Buffalo, led the Islanders with seven shots. Randy Johnson Jersey . -- Milos Raonic and Aleksandra Wozniak continued successful injury comebacks as each advanced into the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday to next face reigning Grand Slam champions. . Parker scored 32 points and the San Antonio led by as many as 31 on its way to a 119-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, closing out a stressful first-round series Sunday in seven games.SAN ANTONIO -- No early playoff collapse this time. No skeptics doubting whether theyre really the calibre of a No. 1 seed. No injuries to overcome. Not a single loss in the last month. By practically any standard, the San Antonio Spurs are dominating and doing so at a pace that few NBA teams have sustained into the playoffs, returning home Tuesday with a 14-game winning streak after sweeping Utah in the most lopsided series yet this post-season. "You know what?" Spurs forward Tim Duncan said before leaving Salt Lake City, "We got a team here." San Antonio finished off the Jazz on Monday night, and could have as long as a week to rest before starting the Western Conference semifinals against either Memphis or the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers lead that series 3-1 and get their first crack at advancing Wednesday. If Memphis hangs on to the brink, the Spurs may not host Game 1 until next Tuesday. Heres what the Spurs can reflect upon in the meantime: They havent lost since April 9, and since then, theyre winning by an average margin of 17 points. The NBAs running punch line for being too old and frail -- a worn-out joke thats now a misnomer, really -- is now one of only six teams since 1986 to maintain an overall winning streak this long in the playoffs. Its almost enough to make the Spurs feel confident returning to the second round, particularly after not even surviving the first last year despite being the No. 1 seed then, too. Almost enough, anyway. "As usual," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said about the next series, "scared to death." Popovich knows history is maybe the only thing the Spurs dont have going for them. As invincible as San Antonio has looked for the past month, Popovich has helmed an even hotter team in the post-season -- only to lose in the West semifinals, exactly where theese Spurs are headed next. Goldschmidt Jersey. That was in 2004, when the Spurs finished the regular season on an 11-game tear, followed by six mostly blow-out wins to start the playoffs. But that 17-game winning streak came to a screeching halt by Game 3 of the second round against the Lakers, who won the next four on their way to the NBA finals. Just as they remain eight years later, Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili were all the leading scorers on that 2004 team. Ginobili, at the time, was left afterward sorting out the difference between "failure and disappointment." After closing out the Jazz 87-81 on Monday -- only the third time in the past month the Spurs havent won by double-digits -- Ginobili struck a tone of cautious optimism. "We had great additions late in the season to make us even better. Our defence is slowly improving," Ginobili said. "I think we are a little better, but the league is so tough. Anybody can beat the other team." Few know that better than the Spurs. Blowing out Utah helped them exorcise any lingering demons from Memphis stomping out their 61-win season in the first round last year. Proclaiming the demise of the four-time champion Spurs has become a tradition since their last title in 2007, and the death rattle never sounded louder than following that humbling exit to the Grizzlies. Whether the next round brings a rematch with Memphis or a date with the Clippers, the Spurs were a combined 7-1 this season against both. The only loss was to the Clippers at home in March, when Parker didnt play because of a sore thigh. No injuries are shackling the Spurs this time. No guarantees, either. "We didnt accomplish anything. We just passed the first round," Parker said. 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