Alex Ovechkin sticks it to his critics leading Capitals out of the abyss

Teammates congratulate Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) after he scored against the...

Teammates congratulate Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) after he scored against the New York Rangers in the first period of their NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York March 24, 2013. (REUTERS)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:13 PM ET

Alex Ovechkin has gone from the Grate Eight back to the Great Eight.

There was a time, not long ago, the Washington Capitals captain had been written off as one of the NHL’s elite players. The eulogies – on TV, radio and in print – said he couldn’t skate anymore, couldn’t shoot and had lost his desire.

Yup, a promising career down the tubes.

But, as the Stanley Cup playoffs open Tuesday, the 27-year-old Ovechkin has served notice to his critics they shouldn’t have written him off so fast. There he was in the final week of the season leading the league in goals ... again.


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