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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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