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The Better Ovechkin

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

The Great 8? More like The Okay 8.

There was nothing great about Alex Ovechkin’s performance in Game 6 of the Washington Capitals performance against the New York Rangers Wednesday night.

He was certainly better than in Game 5 when he failed to register a shot on goal, but great? Nope.

Ovechkin scored his fifth goal of the playoffs, had three shots on goal and delivered a team-high five hits as the Capitals beat the Rangers 2-1 to force a Game 7 at New York’s Madison Square Garden Saturday night.

A good night for a good player. The problem is, Ovechkin used to be a great player—arguably the best player in the world. The 2006 Calder Memorial Trophy winner as the NHL’s top rookie has led the league in goals twice and points once, averaging 54 goals a season in his first five years in the league.


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WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

That was one of the best games I’ve ever seen Ovechkin play.

He wasn’t hogging the puck trying to do everything himself.  He was setting up his teammates for quality scoring chances.  He was being physical and even blocking shots.

His game may not be as exciting as it was a few years ago, but maybe he finally found the formula to move forward in the playoffs as a team rather than bow out as the “Great 8”.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/10/12 at 04:50 PM ET

Matt Fry's avatar

His own article kind of argues against itself.

“The Detroit Red Wings didn’t become a championship team until their offensive leader, Steve Yzerman, bought into playing a better two-way game, so why shouldn’t Ovechkin do the same thing?”

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 05/10/12 at 05:53 PM ET

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