Ovechkin's goal drought hits career-high 10 games

Navin Vaswani
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For the first time in his life, Alex Ovechkin can't score.

Stuck on 27 goals, the prolific Washington Capitals superstar - and one of the greatest goal-scorers in NHL history - was held scoreless for a 10th straight game Sunday, officially making this the longest dry spell of his career.

The Anaheim Ducks shut Ovi down, and in the process, the Caps. It was a 5-2 final, and Washington's fourth loss in a row.

Ovechkin had gone nine games without a goal twice before in his career, but the truth is, no one on Washington can find the back of the net right now.

Since kicking off February with six straight wins, and scoring at least five goals in five of those victories, the Capitals have hit an offensive wall. Washington's scored two or fewer in six straight and 10 of its last 12.

More concerning: Ovechkin hasn't scored an even-strength goal since Jan. 31, a whopping 18 games.

The 31-year-old's lowest goal total in a full season is 32, back in 2010-11, in 79 games. He finished with 53 assists and an impressive 85 points, though.

At this point, you have to wonder if he'll get to 35. At the same time, you know that when he does start scoring again, he's going to do it often.

We're just going to assume he's saving them for the playoffs. The Caps are all-in, after all.