Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Is the slump REALLY over?

Yes, I know. We are all excited Ovie finally scored a goal. Let's not be so quick to say the slump is over, though.

Remember this: On opening night against Atlanta, Caps fans were wondering why Ovechkin couldn't bury the puck in the net on shots that usually light the lamp. The next night he puts down 2 goals against the Blackhawks and an aging Nikolai Khabibulin. While exiting the Verizon Center, I turned to my father and said, "I'm glad we have Ovie back." Oh man....

Ten games and more than a few frustrated groans later, Ovechkin puts one in off a nice feed from Semin and suddenly the slump is over?

Don't get me wrong. I'm as happy as the next red-clad fan to see the Great Eight scoring, but I don't think one goal against Olie Kolzig will single-handedly end the slump.

Wednesday night's game against Carolina will be a true test to see if the slump is shed. Ovechkin will face a goalie who is not only younger, but has a considerably better team around him.

The drought is over, the slump is in the process of shedding.

1 comment:

  1. Couldn't agree more, CK. Fans and bloggers and sportswriters put way too much emphasis on a single game. And we draw conclusions that fight logic. Like this one: Ovie is going to Russia to visit his grandfather? Great, when he gets back he'll start scoring goals. Riiiiight . . . 12 hours each way on a plane, awake by night and asleep by day -- that's the secret for playing better! The last European trip I took, it was a week before I was back to normal. I was amazed to see him out on the ice, giving 100%, the day after he got off the plane.


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