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Well look at Alex Ovechkin being all captain-like

Mar 20, 2012, 9:22 AM EDT

Alex Ovechkin AP

There’s been a lot made of Alex Ovechkin‘s status as the captain of the Washington Capitals. With the team struggling and stumbling around this season, there are many clamoring to see Ovechkin drop the “C” and get back to being good ole’ Ovi.

Funny thing happened though, Ovechkin found his stride and is busy leading the Capitals along just fine without losing a letter from his sweater. With two goals last night, Ovechkin upped his season total to 32. All of a sudden, Ovechkin is back in the top-ten in the league in goals scored and the Caps are in control of the eighth spot in the East.

As Tarik El-Bashir of The Washington Post notes, carrying the team is nothing new for Ovechkin.

“I feel pretty good, you know?” said Ovechkin, who is on pace for 36 goals, which would be a four-goal improvement over last season but 29 fewer than his career high. “I don’t have so many chances to score goals. If I have a chance, I have to use it. Teams play against my line very hard. They put some pressure for me and for my partners. If I have a chance to score, I have to score.”

No pressure there for Ovechkin at all. Obviously if Ovechkin continues to pump in goals, the Capitals won’t have to sweat so much about making the playoffs and can switch their focus on ruining someone else’s postseason hopes.

  1. thehairychestsportsblog - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    The Russian freight train is heating up at the right time.

  2. davidpcoelho - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    • ravenscaps48 - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      This would be fantastic if it were up to date… Put some Bauer Logos on it

      • davidpcoelho - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

        Alas….lost the photoshop file…I made it during the captaincy transition…

  3. rsl22 - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Flyers v. Caps *should* be a good game Thursday….as long as the Caps don’t start like they did on Sunday against the Hawks.

    OV and Bryz have been hot lately, hopefully an entertaining game.

  4. watermelon1 - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    “Ovechkin isn’t even top 10 in the league!” “he’s not even the best player on his team!” “Ovi is getting pinked by 20 year olds on the ice!” “Look, he isn’t leading the league in scoring anymore… So he sucks!” “datsyuk is sooo much better than Ovechkin!”

    Well haters… Where ate you at? Probably crossing your fingers that your team doesn’t play Washington in the first round of the playoffs.

    • letangusespertplus - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      Dude still only has like 10 more assists than Crosby this year. Keep blowing this dumb one sided player all you want.

      • bmoreredfury311 - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        Yea like you do with cindy. At least ovi can take a hit and give them too.

      • fleurysteeth - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

        If thats your argument, then hell, Deryk Engelland is better than that 2 trick Russian pony, and he can do that and not get suspended for leaving his feet. While Sid, the soup can, Crosby is lifting the cup AGAIN, this hack will be complaining to his mom that her borscht soup is too hot for his tiny, non impressive lips.

        the SCA has spoken.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      lol you’re kidding right? you’re going to put your hope in one game against a slumping detroit team with goalie issues? no team in the east is worried about washington…especially in the first round of the playoffs where they like to choke and die anyway.

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