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Caps beat odds to earn No. 1 pick

Updated: May 30, 2004, 5:52 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

WASHINGTON -- Something finally went right for the Washington Capitals: They won the NHL's draft lottery.

The Capitals, coming off their worst season in 26 years, leaped ahead of Pittsburgh and Chicago to gain this year's No. 1 overall draft pick at Tuesday's lottery in New York.

The consensus prospect for the top selection is Russian forward Alexander Ovechkin, who has evoked comparisons to Pittsburgh great Mario Lemieux.

"We just feel in some way we were rewarded for the difficult task ...

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