Alex Ovechkin has bounced back in a huge way this season, and even if he falls short of winning the Art Ross Trophy, he is a shoe-in to win "Zinger of the Year." A few weeks ago, Ovechkin spoke to Stephen Whyno of The Washington Times, and the "king of the world" had this to say.
I just try to do my best, Ovechkin said. Right now I’m scoring goals and I’m the king of the world. And a couple weeks ago I was almost in the toilet. So maybe you just forget to flush me.
That zinger was very poignant, as Ovie was coming off a stretch in which he had recorded seven goals, four assists and 11 points in his past seven games. Weeks earlier, pundits had deemed that Ovechkin was washed up, but the Great Eight went out and proved them wrong. Ovechkin is currently the leader in the Rocket Richard Trophy race, but there is a chance he could make a run at the Art Ross.
Here is how Ovechkin has performed thus far in 2013.
||Goals ||Assists ||Points ||PPG
||28 ||20 ||48 ||1.12
The Washington Capitals are still fighting hard to secure their playoff spot and division title, so it is fair to say that Ovechkin may pick up some ground as the team finishes out its regular-season schedule.