At the time, the Capitals captain was leading the league in goals by a wide margin, but after his Russian squad was demolished by Team Canada in the tournament's quarterfinals 7-3, Ovechkin entered a goal-scoring slump that he has yet to fully recover from, as he hasn't come close to the 50-goal pace that he'd become accustomed to over his first five seasons.
This year, not only is Ovechkin's individual offensive production down, but more importantly, his team's success has taken a huge hit, as the reigning four-time Southeast Division champions are clinging to the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
The explanations for Ovechkin's offensive decline have been numerous, ranging from the Caps' increased emphasis on defense to a decrease in the star forward's confidence, but whatever the cause, Ovechkin isn't the lethal sniper he was two years ago.
Recently, former Capitals great and current goaltending consultant Olie Kolzig said in an interview with the Washington Post that he believed a big reason behind Ovechkin's struggles is his "rock star status," and that the way he has carried himself off the ice has taken a toll on his performance.
With that in mind, here are seven reasons why the two-time league MVP has become too much of a rock star for his own good.