To paraphrase a great Sith Lord, "you have great anger in you, boy, but you don't use it." Alex Ovechkin may finally be heeding this advice, as just days after his stick-and-ipod-smashing meltdown, he has scored three goals in two games, including a pair in last night's 3-2 win over the benched Illya Kovalchuk and the Atlanta Thrashers.
In recent years, too much of the Capitals rage has come from Olaf Kolzig (we won't count former coach Bruce Cassidy's classic meltdown about hockey being more important than family, for the sole reason that it's best not to remember him for anything), so DCO applauds this recent sharing of the load. The Caps have become more than just lovable losers, they've been guilty of being LOVING losers. Too many nice guys not willing to bust up a locker room, or even throw some anger around on the ice. Excepting Donald Brashear, there are no Kevin Kaminskis, Dale Hunters, Stephen Peats, or even Mark Tinordis on this team. Not that any of them were renowned for their offensive prowess, but they at least had some anger issues, which doubtlessly spread to their teammates and lifted their games.
So well done, Alex. Let the hate flow through you.