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“He’s still the same guy to me when I play him,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “He still has that emotion, he’s got a great shot and he’s still a big, powerful guy. … Maybe he’s going through a slump now. I think he’s too competitive and too good a player for that to last long.”
Ovechkin had no even-strength goals (and just two power-play ones total) through the Caps’ first 10 games. It’s a topic of conversation because he’s a two-time MVP but especially so at Consol Energy Center, where Ovechkin vs. Crosby is in the spotlight.
“I’ve watched a couple games and I think he’s had some good chances and the puck hasn’t gone in,” Crosby said. “I think that obviously there’s always expectations, there’s a lot of eyes on him.
“There’s pressure that comes with that, but I think that he’s still shooting the puck well, still creating some good chances. Someone you definitely have to be aware of. I don’t see that as a big problem for him. I think he’s going to generate chances and I’m sure eventually the points will come.”
Crosby had a team-high 14 points on four goals and 10 assists entering Thursday. But he doesn’t have the handicap of learning a new system like Ovechkin is under rookie coach Adam Oates or trying to adjust to a new position.
Ovechkin said moving to right wing is still a “learning process.”
“I always thought left wing is better for the right-hand shot just for the sake of shooting on the net,” ex-Caps and current Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun said. “But obviously they’re trying to figure out what’s the best place and trying to get him going.”
Bylsma pointed out that what he sees in the Caps star isn’t someone who has fallen off too far.
“As a fan watching — and what I mean by that, you watch highlight clips, you watch different pieces of their games — I don’t see a lot different,” Bylsma said. “This guy can skate, he’s physical, tough, he’s tough to handle, he’s got a great shot. I see all those things.
“He’s in a spot on the power play where he’s very dangerous, he creeps up and down the back side with skilled playmakers.”
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