Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 04/24/13 at 01:00 PM ET
NHL.com's Dan Rosen's latest "Over the Boards" column discusses Jonathan Quick's resurgent play and offers takes on Alex Galchenyuk and Nail Yakupov's rookie seasons as witnessed through the eyes of their agent, one Igor Larionov, but Rosen's main topic involves Alex Ovechkin's successful transition from right to left wing:
After battling a period of adjustment, frustration and a quick switch back to left wing, Ovechkin has recaptured his status as a superstar in the NHL and is the leader for the Rocket Richard Trophy (31 goals) and three points off the pace for the Art Ross Trophy (53 points).
He now has 29 points, including 19 goals, in 17 games from March 21-April 23. He has 13 goals in 11 games this month.
"If I wanted to do something to help my game, to help the team game, and the coaching staff sees me able to do it, I have to do it," Ovechkin said. "We tried it once [early in the season], it was not working. I moved back on the left side, but then we talked again, he [Oates] decided to put me back and it settled down."
"When you say in your mind that you want to make it work you have to make it work," he continued. "Like if you have a broken skate and you don't have another pair of skates, you have to skate and make it work. It's the same. You just have to make it work."
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