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Alex Ovechkin | Winger

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/17/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
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Alex Ovechkin struggled on Saturday despite scoring the winning goal in the shootout.
Coach Barry Trotz asked assistant coach Blaine Forsythe who should take the third shot and Forsythe said Ovechkin. Ovechkin was only two-for-16 last season in the shootout so he was no sure thing but scored for the first time this season in two opportunities. Oct 19 - 10:03 AM

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Alex Ovechkin has taken to heart playing in the defensive zone for perhaps the first time in his career.

Ovechkin has always been lacking in his own zone but that is not the case this season under new head coach Barry Trotz. "There were times in the past where he would be at 50 percent if he didn’t have [the puck]," said Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen. "You’ve seen him blocking shots, picking up guys on the backcheck. He’s in the right spots when we don’t have the puck in the defensive zone and in breakouts. He’s made a commitment to a 200-foot game and you can see it’s not taking away from his offense. He’s really had the puck a lot and has had chances and speed on the rush. He’s done a lot of the thing that you want your captain to do." If Ovechkin continues to play at both ends of the rink his Hart Trophy consideration will go skyward.
Oct 18 - 10:44 AM

Alex Ovechkin potted a pair of goals and dished out an assist for the Capitals Tuesday, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 6-5 shootout defeat against the Sharks.

There's nothing to worry about with Ovie as he has counted four times in three outings so far to go along with 19 shots on goal. Troy Brouwer, Mike Green and Marcus Johansson also tallied for the Caps in the losing effort.
Oct 14 - 11:19 PM

Alexander Ovechkin potted two goals for the Capitals in their 4-0 win against the Bruins on Saturday night.

Last year’s Rocket Richard Trophy winner had quite the night, with a goal on the power play and even strength, getting seven shots on goal and finishing a plus-one as well. It’s early, but it doesn’t appear Barry Trotz will hinder Ovechkin’s scoring ability. Joel Ward and Mike Green picked up the other goals. Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky and John Carlson each had two assists apiece.
Oct 11 - 10:02 PM

Capitals coach Barry Trotz was very happy with Alex Ovechkin's performance in Sunday's preseason game against Carolina.

Hurricanes captain Eric Staal delivered a questionable hit on Capitals defenseman John Carlson. Ovechkin responded by charging Staal and tackling him to the ice. The end result was that Staal got two minutes for elbowing while Ovechkin got a double-minor that led to Carolina scoring a power-play goal. Nevertheless, Trotz was thrilled with Ovechkin's actions. "Absolutely the right thing for Ovi to do," Trotz said. "That showed leadership. It was all about team. The Carolina player cross-checked our guy and it wasn't necessary. Ovi jumped in and I'm all for that. That shows great leadership and great unity. We'll kill those off all day long."
Oct 6 - 6:19 AM

Expect to see less of Alex Ovechkin on the power play this season.

Ovechkin saw time on both the first and second power plays last season and played almost all two minutes on many occasions as previous coach Adam Oates played Ovechkin on the point with the second unit. But the Capitals will now use Matt Niskanen and John Carlson as the point men on the second unit, freeing Ovechkin up for more five-on-five play. "They didn’t have all those defensemen back there last year, so Ovi would end up playing a minute, 45 which is probably not healthy for his game," Trotz said. "It doesn't matter if you're moving or not, you're out there a minute, 45, then you’re scrambling to get off [the ice]. Ideally, we could finish with the second [power-play] pairing with two defensemen and not have to worry about getting guys off the ice." Look for Ovechkin to hit the 50 goal mark yet again and have a much better plus/minus this season than last.
Oct 4 - 10:37 AM

Alex Ovechkin was back to his old tricks vs. Boston on Friday night.

Ovi scored two power-play goals as his Capitals won 5-4 in overtime. Brooks Laich picked up an assist on both power play goals while Liam O'Brien notched 2 points with an assist and a game tying goal in the third period.
Sep 26 - 10:07 PM

Alex Ovechkin is being moved back to the left wing this season.

New Capitals coach Barry Trotz will work to help Ovechkin become a more complete player and the first step will be a move back to his off wing. "He's better on the right side a little bit defensively, but his talent is on the left side," Trotz said. "And so if I'm going to maximize his talent, I need to get him on the left side. Now if he doesn't want to adjust defensively playing the left side, then we'll talk about maybe moving him back to the right. The stuff that he does on the left side, there's no coach on the planet who can teach (it). If he's willing to learn, I can teach him the other stuff." The Capitals captain had 51 goals and 28 points last season, but it came with a minus-35 rating.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 20 - 10:04 PM

Alex Ovechkin felt the firing of head coach Adam Oates and GM George McPhee over the summer was a "wake-up call."

Ovechkin also believes it was a signal to the players that they have to improve or the next set of changes will be focused on the team's roster. "I'm pretty sure this organization and the fans is tired to losing and not show exactly what we can do," Ovechkin said. "That's why we made the changes." Ovechkin will turn 29 on Sept. 17 and while he's had a lot of personal success, the Capitals haven't gotten past the second round of the playoffs during his tenure. Washington knows it needs to take advantage of Ovechkin's talents while he's still in his prime.
Sep 12 - 10:34 AM

Alex Ovechkin has fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Belarus, while playing for Russia.

"My knee doesn't bother me," Ovechkin told The Associated Press. "Everything feels fine and 100 percent." He led the league with 51 goals last season and recorded 79 points in 78 games. Ovechkin also placed second in NHL with 39 power-play points, which included a whopping 24 markers. If new coach Barry Trotz can get the "glide" out of his game and get him more involved defensively then his horrid minus-35 rating should see plenty of improvement.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 11 - 6:53 PM

The 2015 Winter Classic between the Capitals and Blackhawks will be held at Nationals Park, according to The Washington Post.

League officials had also visited FedEx Field and RFK Stadium, but ultimately the widely-anticipated venue won out. An official announcement will be coming "very soon."
Sep 6 - 8:33 PM

KHL president Alex Medvedev has hinted that Alex Ovechkin or Evgeni Malkin might come to the KHL in a year.

Of course, this isn't the first time that Ovechkin and Malkin have been linked to the KHL and they are signed to long-term deals with Washington and Pittsburgh respectively. The one thing that makes Medvedev's quote a bit more troubling is that he specifically point to these "good surprises," as he put it, potentially happening "in a year." The NHL's current memorandum of understanding with the KHL was recently extended, but it is now set to expire on June 30, 2015.
Sep 2 - 3:45 PM

Alex Ovechkin could get off to a slow start in 2014-15 while he adapts to the way coach Barry Trotz wants him to play.

Trotz is expected to make Ovechkin take shorter shifts and to remove the "glide" from the sharpshooter's game. If Ovechkin buys into those practices then it will limit the amount of goals against that he's on the ice for because he'll be better rested and more engaged in the play. If he's trying to take pucks from the opposition and forcing turnovers then he will get more opportunities offensively. It would also help make him a more complete player. Ovechkin posted the third-worst plus-minus rating in the league last year at minus-35, but he led the league with 51 goals and finished eighth with 79 points in 78 games.
Aug 22 - 11:52 AM

FedEx Field has reportedly been ruled out as a possible destination for the 2015 Winter Classic, as the Washington Redskins will host the Dallas Cowboys there on Dec. 28 and officials will not have enough time to flip the field into an ice rink.

That leaves Nationals Park, the city's baseball field, as the leading candidate to host the event on Jan 1, 2015. RFK Stadium, home of the D.C. United MLS team is also in the mix, as well as a few far-fetched ideas of holding the game at the National Mall, Camden Yards or M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens. The Caps will host the Blackhawks in the annual spectacle, wherever it may be held.
Aug 17 - 12:26 PM

Alex Ovechkin is upbeat after the Capitals were able to sign defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen.

"That our team signed such guys [as Niskanen and Orpik] – that's a very strong move," Ovechkin said. "Orpik, for example, is a very physical defenseman. If he plays on your team – it’s a positive for you. But the results will be at the end of the season, it hasn't even started yet. Who knows what other changes are coming to the team– maybe there will be a trade or something else." Not everything that happened for the Capitals this summer was a positive in Ovechkin's eyes. He had a close relationship with Mikhail Grabovski and he's said to see him go.
Jul 7 - 10:15 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Michael Latta
5Chris Brown
6Liam O'Brien
LW1Marcus Johansson
2Joel Ward
3Jason Chimera
4Aaron Volpatti
RW1Alex Ovechkin
2Troy Brouwer
3Andre Burakovsky
4Jay Beagle
5Eric Fehr
6Tom Wilson
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Brooks Orpik
5Karl Alzner
6Dmitry Orlov
7Nate Schmidt
8John Erskine
9Jack Hillen
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters