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Has Alex Ovechkin been consistently dominant this season? No.
But despite his current stretch of just one goal over his last six games, it's no secret that Ovechkin's reclaimed the title of being the most lethal scorer in the game.
Even though opponents are fully aware of the exact spots from which Ovechkin's going to be looking to get his quality chances, there's just been no stopping him this season.
His one-timer and ability to create space for himself, especially with the man advantage, are remarkable given the blanket coverage he often faces.
He and the rest of Washington's power play unit have been electric this season. The 28-year-old's 19 power-play markers rank first in the league, while his 33 parts rank second only to running mate Backstrom's 37.
Perhaps what's most important isn't that the Russian superstar leads the league with 45 goals (nine more than his closest competition in Anaheim's Corey Perry), but rather, it's the timing of his tallies.
Heading into Washington's final 13 games of the season, Ovechkin leads the league in overtime goals with three and sits second in game-winners with eight. In addition, Ovechkin's scored the game's first goal nine times, which ranks second to only Chris Kunitz.
It seems apparent that the Caps will only go as far as their captain can take them, especially until Mikhail Grabovski and Brooks Laich return, because with Joel Ward as the team's second-leading goal scorer, this isn't a team flush with elite snipers.
Ovechkin is the game's best scorer for a reason, and as he's done in years past, he's dangerous enough to carry this team to the postseason on his own.