Washington Capitals: 5 Reasons Alex Ovechkin Will Bounce Back This Season

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Washington Capitals: 5 Reasons Alex Ovechkin Will Bounce Back This Season
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Alex Ovechkin's season statistics were once in the stratosphere, but have plummeted back to earth over the last two years. 

During the first five years of his career, he averaged almost 54 goals per season.  But during the last two seasons, Ovechkin averaged only 35 goals per campaign. 

Is this a continuing downward descent?  Or has Ovechkin simply leveled off before ascending once again? 

Here are five reasons why Alexander Ovechkin will bounce back during the 2012-13 NHL season.

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