Alex Ovechkin’s regular-season success has yet to translate to playoffs

The Washington Capitals superstar has dominated the NHL for a decade, but substantial playoff success has eluded him to date. Could this be the year?

Ever since his arrival to the National Hockey League a decade ago, “Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals” has been a deserved spotlight billing, much like Diana Ross and the Supremes. Ovechkin’s irrepressible explosiveness and charisma, on and off the ice, have made him the league’s most captivating superstar, and appointment viewing whenever he steps on the ice.

The flash has been matched by results on the scoresheet throughout the regular season, year after year. This season he led the league in goals for the fifth time in eight seasons, with his league-high 53 easily beating second-place Steven Stamkos’ 43. He also takes more shots than anyone in the league by a similarly absurd margin, with his 395 this season surpassing second-place Rick Nash’s total by 91.

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