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Ovechkin Sacrifices Stats for Good of Capitals

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There has been so much focus this season on Alex Ovechkin's career-low offensive numbers and so little emphasis on why he's been willing to sacrifice those individual totals.

It's all in the eye in the beholder, right?

Is Ovechkin having a so-so offensive season or is he being the ultimate "team first" guy by embracing his club's new ways?

The Washington Capitals have transformed themselves this season from free-wheeling offensive machine to two-way, responsible play. They're ranked fourth in goals against per game (2.35) compared to 16th last season (2.77).

In doing so, they had to drag down their franchise player's offensive numbers. We sat down with Ovechkin on Tuesday morning in the visitors' dressing room at Air Canada Centre and one thing he made...

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