Let the Alex Ovechkin watch begin. The Washington Capitals will take on the Florida Panthers in their first game back after the 2014 Winter Games, and the hockey world will be on the edge of their seats, waiting to see how No. 8 performs after failing so badly in Sochi.
It’s unfair to place all the blame for Russia’s collapse at the Winter Games on Ovechkin, but he’s one of the fiercest competitors around. There’s little doubt that he feels the weight of the world on his shoulders right now, and it’ll be interesting to see how he performs against the Panthers.
Will he erupt and play with an edge, looking to redeem himself for the failure overseas? Or will he sulk and play beneath his All-World potential? The answer to that question could determine the outcome of this hockey game and the rest of Washington’s season.
At the other end of the ice, the Panthers will be trying to continue the decent play that they carried into the Olympic break despite losing both Olympians they sent to Sochi to injury. That’s not a good track record.
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Date: February 27
Start Time: 7:30 P.M. ET
TV Info: CSN-DC, FS-F
Live Stream: NHL GameCenter