Washington Capitals

Memo to the NHL: Be Afraid—Alex Ovechkin Has Regained His MVP Form

Zach EvansContributor IFebruary 3, 2009

More than halfway through the season, opposing teams are now fearing what has yet to happen this season. A completely dominant Alex Ovechkin that scores at will, and scores in bunches when he does.

After finishing up a super weekend for himself, Ovechkin scored five goals, two against the reigning champs and a hat trick against the struggling Sens. Ovechkin now has 36 goals on the year, four more than counterpart Jeff Carter (32).

The Great Eight is on tear now, scoring 31 goals in his last 37 games. At this point of the season last year he actually had less goals scored. That's scary for opposing teams to know, yet Ovechkin is now ready to take over and carry the Caps like he did last year.

Except OV won't be carrying them from worst to first in the division. He will try to help the Caps chase down the Eastern Conference leading Boston Bruins. Ovechkin has definitely been the reason the Caps have stayed at the top of the Eastern Conference this year. Just look at their record when he scores a goal: 23-1-1. If that's not pay dirt I don't know what is.

The continual resurgence of Ovechkin has not just a potent offensive threat, but as also a physical presence. Ovechkin is in the top five among hits in the league which is unprecedented for someone who is leading the NHL in goals.

Ovechkin is having another MVP like season and that's why fans at the Verizon Center serenaded him with chants of "MVP!" after he scored his hat trick goal on Sunday.

And why not? Ovechkin is the best player in the world, and if he keeps playing like this why wouldn't he win another Hart trophy this year? I'm with you Ovie, you've carried this team to greatness and I was proud to be one of the sellout 18,277 chanting MVP! MVP! MVP!

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