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Alex Ovechkin responds to Adam Oates' trust

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10:45 AM ET 02.24 | In recent weeks the improvements in Alex Ovechkin's game have been quite visible. He's hustling on the forecheck, making better use of his linemates and creating numerous offensive opportunities. But, as I wrote on Friday, the finish wasn't there. Coach Adam Oates believed it would come and he stressed that to everyone who would listen, from reporters to Ovechkin himself. That continued faith and confidence in his ability from his coach meant a lot to Ovechkin. "He's that kind of person who give me belief all the time. Sometimes I have a bad game, I talk to him and he said: "It's OK. Chance is there. It's going to come." Ovechkin said. "After [Thursday's 3-2 loss to New Jersey] I have two breakaways and I text him. I said 'Listen, I don't know. Puck just don't wanna, don't go through.' And he texts me back says, 'It's going to come.' For a player, if you feel that kind of trust from a coach, coaching staff, it's very important."

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February 24, 2013  10:53 AM ET

I have two breakaways and I text him.

So kids, just more proof not to text and drive (the net.)

February 24, 2013  10:55 AM ET

One for Slappy...



I so rarely get to do this...

February 24, 2013  11:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

One for Slappy...I so rarely get to do this...

Good for Ovie he was due.

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February 24, 2013  01:11 PM ET

2nd to the botttom...but hey, coach believes in me so I feel awesome.

February 24, 2013  01:23 PM ET

ovie gets 4 points. 2 goals and assist come...take a guess...the left side.But yeah, keep him on the right.

February 24, 2013  02:57 PM ET
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ovie gets 4 points. 2 goals and assist come...take a guess...the left side.But yeah, keep him on the right.

I guess Oates can't remember where right-handed shooting Brett Hull scored most of his goals from either...

February 24, 2013  02:58 PM ET
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ovie gets 4 points. 2 goals and assist come...take a guess...the left side.But yeah, keep him on the right.

It's only one game. And, one game does not a season make. He's still a shadow of his former self.

February 24, 2013  11:55 PM ET
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One for Slappy...I so rarely get to do this...

Rare is right. But, I'm grateful for any nice words. As Roamer said it's only one game and there's lots of improvements needed in all facets of the team. I think the odds of them making the play-offs at this point are marginal at best. Neverthelsss, I can see improvement in Alex. Now, if they just stop putting themselves behind the 8-ball with careless penalties, MAYBE things will get better.

February 25, 2013  12:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

One for Slappy...I so rarely get to do this...

BTW, Congrats on the Vancouver game today. I'm sure the Wings made Hank's week.

February 25, 2013  01:23 AM ET
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BTW, Congrats on the Vancouver game today. I'm sure the Wings made Hank's week.

8~3 is a big score gap....I was surprised.

February 25, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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I guess Oates can't remember where right-handed shooting Brett Hull scored most of his goals from either...

in the crease ?

February 25, 2013  09:24 AM ET

Are they Facebook Friends also ? #saveme

February 25, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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in the crease ?

nice/......

 
February 25, 2013  12:44 PM ET
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nice/......

slightly historic , but i had radar lock and took the shot ;-)

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