Alan May wouldn't bet on Ovi slowing down anytime soon

Chris Lingebach
December 20, 2018 - 5:24 pm

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Alan May can't understand why people continue to doubt Alex Ovechkin, the NHL's top goal scorer at 33 years old.

"I don't know why people continue to doubt this guy," May told The Junkies during The Morning Skate, presented by D.C. Lottery. "There was people that were writing him off after the 2013 season and he just continues to amaze people."

At 33 year old, Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals by a healthy margin, just completed a 14-game points streak that included two hat tricks and one game-winning goal. Capitals analyst Alan May shares why he wouldn't bet against Ovi slowing down any time soon.

Ovechkin leads the league with 29 goals, a little less than halfway through the season, and holds a healthy four-goal lead over the second-best goal scorer. He currently ranks 15th among all-time goal scorers with 636 career goals.

"I don't know if he reinvents himself, but he's got such a passion for the game," May said. "He's not the prettiest of hockey players, but he is one of the most powerful and he just plays the game with so much drive and determination. I do not bet against him, ever. Because I've always believed in this guy and he just continues to bring his best efforts every night."

Ovi just completed a 14-game points streak, which came to and end against Pittsburgh, but not before he collected 17 goals and six assists (23 points), including back-to-back hat tricks against Detroit and Carolina last week and one game-winner. 

Asked at what age NHL players typically slow down, May pointed out that Ovechkin is not the typical NHL player.

"As far as when I slowed down, my body just died on me overnight," said May. "And he's not a normal human being. I've seen this guy, the way he warms up for a game is superhuman, and I just don't think, when you've been training the way he's been training his entire life...

"You know, he got into the Russian Hockey Academy with I think Moscow Dynamo when he was six years old. It's an hour and a half of training a day, explosive training. They did that six days a week, I don't know how many months of the year, but it's tough sledding. But he's got the muscle fiber and everything that he's got. The muscle memory, whatever you want to call it."

"This guy's been a machine his entire life," he said. "He's not going to slow down. Now he's got the other part, nutrition, the way of working out now the past two years has been phenomenal, how well it's worked for him."

"I think he slows down when his heart's not in it, because the guy plays with his heart," May surmised. "When he just decides one morning enough is enough, then he packs it in and his numbers will slow down."

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