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It’s Not Cup or Bust for Ovechkin

August 10th, 2017 at 11:25 AM
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This past season was one that definitely seemed like “the year” for the Washington Capitals. Not only did they clinch their division and the Eastern Conference, dominating all of their opponents throughout the year, they also took home their second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy.

Despite all of their regular season accomplishments, Washington’s historic year came to a close with the ending that many have come to dread, but also know too well. The Capitals again failed to make it past the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and now, the team is back to the drawing board, wondering what went wrong and how they can overcome the one obstacle that has stopped them in their tracks – even when they seemed unstoppable.

With the relentless cycle of disappointment in Washington, a lot of the pressure seems to be falling on Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. Though he is the team’s centerpiece, as well as their top scorer year after year, Ovechkin cannot help Washington overcome their playoff woes. Because of this, many are wondering if the clock is ticking for the Russian sensation.

Alex Ovechkin

Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin – Photo By Andy Martin Jr

However, though Ovechkin has yet to lead the Capitals to their first Cup championship in franchise history, he is not facing a Cup-or-bust situation in the Nation’s Capital.

Ovechkin’s Ability and Impact

Since entering the league in 2005, Ovechkin has had a huge impact on not just his team, but the entire league. In fact, it is impossible to truly see what he has done for his team without acknowledging everything he has done since coming into the NHL.

Over his 12 years and 981 games in the league, the 31-year-old has racked up 558 goals, 1,035 points, six Rocket Richard Trophies, three Ted Lindsay (formerly Lester B. Pearson) Awards, two Hart Trophies and an Art Ross. He has also been named an NHL All-Star every season since his rookie year and has never scored less than 30 goals in a season including the lockout year.

His personal success has also translated well to Washington. Since Ovechkin came along, the Capitals have won seven division titles, three Presidents’ Trophies and have made the playoffs nine times. He took on the captaincy in 2010 but has …

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