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Alex Ovechkin reflects on a 'hard year' and trying different things in upcoming season

Alex Ovechkin reflects on a 'hard year' and trying different things in upcoming season

It's something all Capitals fans and players want to forget about, losing to the Penguins in the playoffs ... again. 

Very few Capitals have had to deal with the pain of this for so long as much as Alex Ovechkin. 

The Capitals have qualified for the playoffs in eight of the last nine seasons. Ovechkin will go down in history as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, we all know that. But we also know that he and the Capitals have yet to hoist a Stanley Cup. 

On Friday Ovechkin spoke with the Sports Junkies about moving on from their playoff loss and improving as a player.

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"Obviously, sometimes you have a good season and sometimes you have a bad season, Ovechkin said. "It depends what bad season means for you. Sometimes 30 goals is a bad season, sometimes 50 goals is a good season. Last year we don't get success as a team and as professional it's all about us."

"You have to put your own goals a little bit backwards. We put everything on the table last year and it was hard year, I would say. We lose, we didn't get success as a team." 

Something that has been very noticeable during Caps training camp is a much slimmer Ovi

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The 32-year old has received criticism in the past about his weight and play. Speaking with the Junkies, Ovechkin said that in the upcoming season, he's ready to try new things when it comes to his personal game.

"I don't want to talk about my personal game, but hopefully this year is going to be different and I'm going to try to do different stuff."

Whatever this "different stuff" may be, we hope it gets "The Great 8" one step closer to hoisting the Stanley Cup.

YOU CAN WATCH OVECHKIN'S FULL INTERVIEW IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE.

 

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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

Alexander Ovechkin's offseason continues to be one for the books. 

Just a week removed from celebrating with the Stanley Cup in Moscow, Ovechkin was named Best Male Athlete Wednesday night at the 2018 ESPYs. 

The 32-year-old is the first NHL player to win the award since it was first introduced in 1993. 

"The Great Eight" beat out Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. 

Ovechkin was not in Los Angeles to accept the award.

 

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Braden Holtby’s save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup wasn’t even nominated for an ESPY

Braden Holtby’s save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup wasn’t even nominated for an ESPY

On Wednesday night ESPN hosts their yearly sports award show, the ESPYs, to celebrate the best of the last 365 days in sport. 

One thing they will not be celebrating, or did not even consider celebrating, was Braden Holtby’s save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final

This year there were 16 plays nominated to be the “Best Play” and were seeded into a bracket. For the past month fans have been voting in each head-to-head matchup culminating in four pretty outstanding plays:

All of those plays can be viewed here

Three of those four were in a championship game, the other was a just a once in a lifetime play from a teenager. 

But the ESPYs are saying that there are 16 plays from this past year that were better than Holtby’s save… Can we really believe that? Everyone loves buzzer beaters, but they accounted for six of the 16 plays. One of them could have easily gotten bumped. 

And aside from the three listed above there were only two that were in the championship event for each sport. Holtby could have rounded it out for six.

We’re not saying that Holtby’s play was the best in the past year, or even in the top four. Heck, there should be no one that tops Ogunbowale’s incredible heroics. But arguably the best play in D.C. sports history not making the top-16 for best plays in a 365 day period? 

It must have been one heck of a sports year.  

For those that are nominated, Alex Ovechkin is a finalist for Best Male Athlete and Best NHL Player. The Capitals are in the running for Best Team.

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