For one night, the old Alex Ovechkin was in the house. He started off the game with three big hits, had a team-high seven shots on goal and started off the scoring in an evental 4-1 victory over Nashville.

The Capitals captain hasn’t had enough of those performances over the last two seasons, but he finally appears to be making some changes to his game, writes Tarik El-Bashir in his latest On Hockey column:

The most obvious adjustment has been Ovechkin’s plan of attack, particularly when carrying the puck into the offensive zone.

Instead of cutting to the middle at the top of the left circle time and again, he’s also been luring defensemen low into the circle before cutting hard to the crease in recent games.

“You try lots of different things,” he said. “You switch wings. Maybe make a move [down low]. …That’s creativity. I’m learning and trying to do better.”

Tuesday’s performance was one of those games that make you really want to believe him.

It’s too early to tell, but do you think Ovechkin could return to his old form this season? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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