Ovechkin turns at­ten­tion to Cap­i­tals stay­ing a Cup con­tender

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

AR­LING­TON, Va. — Alex Ovechkin is ready to get the Olympics out of his head and pre­pare for what could be a very dif­fer­ent Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals sea­son.

Gone are for­wards Justin Wil­liams, Mar­cus Jo­hans­son and Daniel Win­nik and de­fence­men Karl Alzner, Nate Sch­midt and Kevin Shat­tenkirk, and yet Ovechkin still con­sid­ers the Cap­i­tals a good team and win­ning the Stan­ley Cup his pri­or­ity. With the Rus­sian su­per­star go­ing into his 13th sea­son, Wash­ing­ton has three fir­stand six sec­ond-round ex­its to show for the Ovechkin era.

Ex­ter­nal ex­pec­ta­tions are lower for the Cap­i­tals this sea­son con­sid­er­ing how much tal­ent they lost. Ovechkin also turns 32 on Sun­day and is com­ing off his low­est goal out­put in an 82-game sea­son since 2010-11.

Ovechkin did more run­ning and less lift­ing over the sum­mer as gen­eral man­ager Brian MacLel­lan chal­lenged him to train dif­fer­ently to pri­or­i­tize speed over power. But Ovechkin down­played los­ing weight or go­ing on any kind of spe­cial diet.

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