No Reason to Panic Over Alex Ovechkin Just Yet

By Dan Parzych
(Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Everybody knows Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin is one of the best players in the NHL, but the star struggled in the team’s hope opening game of the season against the Tampa Bay Lightning as he was limited to just four shots and zero goals in the team’s 6-3 loss. Despite the struggles, there’s no reason why anyone should be making a big deal over the hockey player’s performance just yet.

It’s only been one game of the shortened NHL season and people are already making a big deal about his disappointing performance against the Lightning. It would be one thing if Ovechkin had been performing like this on a consistent basis, but keep in mind that hockey season was supposed to take place months ago–so some of their star players may be a bit rusty as they look to get back into the swing of things.

His streak of seasons with at least 50 goals may have ended a couple of years ago, but keep in mind Ovechkin has scored 70 goals over the last two seasons for Washington. There’s no reason why anyone should be making a big deal about his 2013 debut just yet and give the left winger a few more games before judging how well he’s going to perform this season.

Even if the season isn’t going to be as long as usual, there’s still plenty of time before anyone in the NHL should be judged on how well they’re going to perform this season. Give it time Washington fans–your star player will be just fine.

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