Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin didn’t a whole lot done against the tight checking he saw during the playoffs.
But his strong finish to the regular season suggests Ovechkin could score 50 goals during the full 2013-14 campaign.
His adjustment to right wing wasn’t easy, but he finally bought what coach Adam Oates was selling. He settled in on the other side of the ice and scored 23 times in his last 23 games.
Ovechkin led the league with 32 goals during the lockout-shortened season. He will enter next season on the same page with Oates, which ought to make a big difference.
“Right now I can tell to work with him, it was probably one of the biggest reason to my success this year,” Ovechkin told reporters after the postseason ended.
His only big concern for next season is whether the team will lose center Mike Ribeiro to free agency. Ribeiro’s presence gave the Capitals two legitimate scoring lines and opened up more opportunities for Ovechkin to do his thing.