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Despite early struggles, Caps have faith in Ovi

Thursday, 12.30.2010 / 10:30 AM / Hockey's Finest Presented by Army

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- A couple of weeks ago Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau proclaimed that he expects Alex Ovechkin to still reach 50 goals this season despite his recent scoring slump.

Boudreau and one of Ovechkin's teammates and good friends, Mike Green, insist the half-century mark is still achievable. Given Ovechkin's track record, it is certainly within the realm of possibilities.

"I would never bet against Ovi on something like that," Green said. "He's so talented and so skilled and the passion for him to score goals is beyond any other player. Whether or not it comes is a different story. He needs help, but with the amount of games we have left there is no chance he doesn't have a shot at that benchmark."

Added Boudreau: "I've seen him on a quite a run before. He's the kind of guy who if there's doubters out there then, usually, he shuts them up in the end. I'm just hoping that he does. He's gone through dry spells, but his dry spells are usually followed by hot streaks. I'm not saying it is going to happen, but it wouldn't surprise me if he gets 15 goals in 10 games and all of a sudden he's back to where he's supposed to be."

Sid's stellar play drawing in non-hockey fans

Wednesday, 12.29.2010 / 11:24 AM / Hockey's Finest Presented by Army

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

"That feels like it's a whole other world away. It's hard for me to even imagine somebody … watching Wayne Gretzky play every night, and kind of expecting that after 40 games, they expect a 41st, 42nd game. It's incredible to think that he did that over the course of 51 games. I can't even imagine that."
-- Sidney Crosby, on Wayne Gretzky's record 51-game scoring streak

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby is used to having the eyes of the hockey world upon him.

Already in his young career, Crosby has been the first pick of an Entry Draft, a franchise savior, claimed a Stanley Cup and won Olympic gold -- scoring the medal-clinching goal in overtime against the U.S. this past February. He understands that such heroics will draw the interest of even the most casual hockey fan.

But even the usually unflappable Crosby has been slightly unnerved about the attention he has attracted in the past few weeks.

"Especially the last week or two, I feel like there's been a little more attention to it," he said earlier this week in a conference call.
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