Alexander Ovechkin is once again the NHL's scoring leader after netting 2 goals in tonight's game against the Atlanta Thrashers. This marks the 3rd straight season that Ovechkin has reached the 50 goal mark, and the 4th time in his 5 season career. Ovechkin also took the lead in the most points section tonight, leap frogging Vancouver Canuck forward Henrik Sedin who now has 108 points, Ovechkin sits at 109. However, we''ve seen this story one too many times. I think it's safe to say that Ovechkin dominates the leader boards every single season, but when it comes down to the post-season, Ovechkin is still yet to leave his mark. Ovechkin has led his Caps to the Post-Season 2 times. The first time, Washington saw an early exit in the 1st round. Last Year, the Caps road ended in the 2nd Round to the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who later went on to win the Cup. But something feels different this year, the Washington Capitals have their star at his absolute best, they also have Alex Semin, Nik Backstrom, Mike Green, all at the peak of their careers. Washington is easily the best team this season. They have 120 points this season, good for 1st in the NHL, well ahead of 2nd place San Jose (111) and Chicago (109).
I truly believe that this is the year that Ovechkin wins the Stanley Cup. And not just because of how good Ovechkin is doing, because of how good the Capitals are. They have 3 great lines that can all produce, including the most dangerous line in the NHL today (Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin.).
What do you think? Is this the year for Washington?