Posted April 08, 2013 on
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''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.
Oates worked to gain Ovechkin's trust while persuading him to switch from left wing to right wing, and Ovechkin feels a respect from Oates that he didn't get under former coach Dale Hunter.
After a rough start, the Capitals have moved into first place in the Southeast Division - and Ovechkin is tied for the NHL's goal-scoring lead.
BEST OF MAXIM
Alex Ovechkin has received a huge amount of criticism over the past few seasons. Most of this heat has stemmed from disappointment over the forward's inability to recapture the elite form we witnessed for the better part of five seasons. A lot of this criticism has been deserved as Ovechkin has looked lost on the ice, seemingly uninterested in giving it his all.
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...
Alex Ovechkin recorded his 12th career hat trick and added an assist, and the surging Washington Capitals survived a late rally by the Florida Panthers for a 4-3 victory on Saturday night.
Ovechkin scored twice from in close on the power play, and weaved through traffic for his other goal, as the Capitals (19-17-2) improved to 8-2-1 in their last 11 games in completing a four-game...
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...
Harking back to his MVP days, Alex Ovechkin scored twice on Sunday to make it five goals in two games and the Washington Capitals got a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Ovechkin scored his 24th and 25th goals - giving him 16 in 14 games - to pull even with the Lightning's Steven Stamkos for the top spot in the NHL.
John Carlson and Joel Ward also scored for the Capitals...
Alex Ovechkin is playing a lot like he did during his two MVP seasons for the surging Washington Capitals.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are very familiar with the superstar left wing's scoring exploits.
Ovechkin looks to continue his home dominance of the Lightning on Sunday night, when he attempts to help the Capitals begin building a cushion atop the Southeast Division.
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...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Harking back to his MVP days, Alex Ovechkin scored twice on Sunday to make it five goals in two games and the Washington Capitals got a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Ovechkin scored his 24th and 25th goal -- giving him 16 in 14 games -- to pull even with the Lightning's Steven Stamkos for the top spot in the NHL.
John Carlson and Joel Ward also scored...
Joel Ward celebrates his goal Sunday (TBT).
The Washington Capitals won yet another game on Sunday night, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 4-2 inside Verizon Center for their fourth consecutive win. After falling behind twice, the Capitals got goals from Alex Ovechkin (twice), John Carlson, and Joel Ward to come back and top the Bolts. Michal Neuvirth...