Special Article Written by Sports Intern Felix Pettersson
How does one measure leadership? Do you count goals scored, opportunities created, hits made, or do you go with something less quantifiable? Whatever your preferred method is, it seems Alex Ovechkin is determined to make you notice him.
Tuesday's bout with the Maple Leafs was the perfect example of Ovi's recent inclusion in the MVP-discussion. He added another tally to his league-leading goal totals, as well as provided the primary assist on Martin Erat's first goal as a Capital, the eventual game-winner. That's a great way to welcome a guy on your team.
What arguably stood out more though, was the Captain intervening after Nick Backstrom was thrown into the boards by Toronto's Jay McClement. Without hesitating, Ovi lunged at McClement, holding him accountable for his actions. Afterwards, as he was escorted to the penalty box by game officials, the Caps fans in attendance roared in appreciation for their captain.
This game meant much for the Caps playoff hopes, and Ovechkin played like it; he scored points, he registered hits, and he created turnovers. But maybe what really defines his leadership this season was the sound of a sold out Verizon Center chanting his name, over and over again.