For the Washington Capitals, captain Alexander Ovechkin had a bad month of January, posting just three points.
Two weeks into the month of February, however, the Great Eight already has seven points.
This is terrific news for the Capitals and their fan base. Throughout the first month of the 2013 season, many (and I mean many) people were debating whether or not this guy is still an elite player in the NHL. Lately, it appears that Ovechkin is trying to show everyone in the hockey universe that he still is.
Ovechkin is now riding a three-game point streak, scoring goals in all three contests. The result of this recent hot streak from Ovechkin is two victories for the Capitals.
Coincidence? I think not.
Playing on the same line as Mike Ribeiro has certainly helped Ovechkin get it going on offense. Ribeiro is an intelligent veteran who sees the ice well and is one of the better playmakers in all of hockey. As long as these two remain in tact, they will be a threat to opposing goaltenders each and every night.
Washington currently holds a record of 4-8-1, placing them tied for dead last in the Eastern Conference. Ovechkin’s incredibly slow start certainly has a lot to do with that. However, it appears he is getting hot at the right time, as the Caps look to climb the leaderboards in the East. In my eyes, Ovechkin is still an elite talent in this league, but is he still an elite player?
Believe me, there is a difference.