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All about 'respect' and 'trust': Ovechkin, new coach have Capitals on top after rough start

Monday, 04.08.2013 / 2:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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All about 'respect' and 'trust': Ovechkin, new coach have Capitals on top after rough start

WASHINGTON - "Trust" and "respect" have put Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals back on top.

That's how Ovechkin and Capitals coach Adam Oates describe it. A meeting of the minds between the first-time NHL head coach and the two-time league MVP — along with a position switch — has No. 8 putting up numbers like the Alexander the Great of old.

Oates worked to gain Ovechkin's trust while persuading him to switch from left wing to right wing, and Ovechkin feels a respect from Oates that he didn't get under former coach Dale Hunter.

After a rough start, the Capitals have moved into first place in the Southeast Division — and Ovechkin is tied for the NHL's goal-scoring lead.

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