Getty ImagesWashington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin won his third Hart Trophy last summer in a very close vote. His play in the second half of the lockout-shortened season brought flashback of the “old” Ovechkin – the one so many loved and adored. The one before all of the “he is so predictable,” “he is so overrated,” “he will never be that good again” comments.
The higher you fly, the harder you fall, as they said, and at time it looked like Ovechkin may not reach that high bar he set for himself.
Going into the new season, however, Ovechkin is more focused than he has been in a while. He looked relaxed and at ease last week meeting with the media when the Capitals opened their training camp. It looked like he was happy again: happy with his game, happy with his coach.
We caught up with him for a few minutes to talk about the past, the present and the future.
Q. Are the expectations going into this season any different than before?
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