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Ovechkin celebrates a PP goal, one of the main ways Adam Oates has rejuvented the $100 million man. (Clydeorama)
"As the pressure on Ovechkin continues to mount, how he responds to it will be key. He can either work to be better all around, like Ilya Kovalchuk, or wallow and burn out, like Pavel Bure. It is his decision, and his alone. How bad does he want it?" - Offseason Evaluation, Alex Ovechkin: June 20, 2012
He wanted it bad. What a turnaround.
When I wrote those words early last summer, Alex Ovechkin was, at an individual level, facing the biggest challenge of his professional career. He was coming off a regular season with 65 points, the lowest of his career; the Capitals were not at the level of regular season dominance that he, his teammates, and the fans were accustomed to; and another trip to the playoffs had resulted in another early exit. Dale Hunter, his former coach, had cut his ice time to all-time lows, and in Ovechkin’s own words, made t...
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The Washington Capitals are an impressive 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, and now once again sit atop the NHL Southeast Division with 42 points. As usual, the play of Alex Ovechkin has a lot to do with this recent surge towards a playoff spot for his club. Over the last 14 contests hockey fans have witnessed vintage Ovechkin, notching 16 goals and seven assists for a total of...
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has been the hottest player in the league recently and now has 17 goals in 14 games and is tied with Steven Stamkos for the league lead in goals with 26. On Tuesday night he dangled Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Ryder and then buried a nice shot past Carey Price. The Capitals beat the Canadiens last night 3-2 and are currently in...
''Trust'' and ''respect'' have put Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals back on top.
That's how Ovechkin and Capitals coach Adam Oates describe it. A meeting of the minds between the first-time NHL head coach and the two-time league MVP - along with a position switch - has No. 8 putting up numbers like the Alexander the Great of old.
The puck keeps going in for Alex Ovechkin.
The league's co-leader in goals finished a spectacular play with a tricky shot that fooled Montreal goalie Carey Price on Tuesday as the Washington Capitals beat the Canadiens 3-2 to extend their winning string to five games.
The Capitals are a perfect 5-0-0 in April and Ovechkin has eight goals in that span. The center on his line...
Alex Ovechkin met with the Spring Puck Surprise winners after the Caps game.
Alexander Ovechkin scored twice as the Washington Capitals doubled up the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 and took over sole possession of the Southeast Division lead with their fourth straight win. Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist for Tampa in the loss.
SPIN: Ovechkin has rebounded nicely from his woeful start to tie Steven Stamkos for the league lead in goals with 25. Joel Ward...
Alex Ovechkin's game had grown so stale and incomplete that, a year ago, he was being benched late in games.
The two-time MVP's performances are back to being predictable - in a way the Washington Capitals have to love.
After scoring five times in his last two games to grab a share of the NHL goal-scoring lead, Ovechkin tries to help the Capitals remain alone atop the Southeast...
Three Stars of the Week
1. Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
I predicted that Ovi was going to break out a couple weeks ago, and now the world is seeing what was expected: Alex Ovechkin with his confidence and toothless swagger is back. Ovi is now tied with Steven Stamkos for the league lead in goals, courtesy of his obscene seven…SEVEN…goals in the past calendar week...
The puck keeps going in for Alex Ovechkin, and the Washington Capitals have used his goal-scoring binge to surge to the top of the Southeast Division.
Ovechkin looks to lead Washington to its sixth straight victory Thursday night when it hosts a Carolina Hurricanes team that has gone from the top of the division to near the bottom of the Eastern Conference in less than a month....
Alex Ovechkin scored his 26th goal and Jack Hillen got his first as the Washington Capitals stretched their winning run to five games, 3-2 over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
Eric Fehr also scored for the Southwest Division-leading Capitals, who are 6-0-1 in their last seven. They are a perfect 5-0 in April, during which Ovechkin has eight goals and Nicklas Backstrom,...