*Alex Ovechkin is amid a rewrite and it's only partly due to yet another clutch goal he scored, this one to break through in a scoreless game, or the eight shots he directed towards the net. It's the effort he's making on the other end, the endless linebacker-like physicality he consistently delivers on the smaller Knights, and the very apparent leadership that has emboldened a team that most believed had taken a step back in talent after key free-agent losses last summer, and the loss of promising young defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Golden Knights through the expansion draft.

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