After the slowest start of his NHL career, Alex Ovechkin is looking like his old self.
struggled mightily to begin this season, but the past week suggests "The Great Eight" may once again be starting to live up to that moniker. (Photo: Getty Images)
It took Ovechkin five games this season to score his first goal, and he reached the halfway point of the season having scored only nine times. Since then, however, he's been finding the net the way he did in his first five NHL seasons, when he terrorized goaltenders and helped the Washington Capitals move into the NHL's elite.
Ovechkin scored in each of Washington's four games last week; in all, he scored five times and added three assists for eight points -- and that doesn't count a shootout goal in Sunday's win at New York. He's had goals in five straight games, and his 16 goals in 32 games would make him a 40-goal scorer in a normal 82-game season -- a level he hasn't reached since 2009-10.
Five up -- Five other players who had a good week:
Cory Schneider -- With Vancouver's lineup riddled by injuries, the Canucks needed Schneider to step up last week -- and he did just that. Schneider won four starts in a six-day stretch and allowed just five goals on 116 shots to power the Canucks back into first place in the Northwest Division.