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.