"Ovechkin is undoubtedly the most elite physical player in the NHL. Perhaps he is too focused on playing a rugged game and is looking for the big hit too much. With 22 hits in seven games thus far, Ovechkin is on pace for 258, which would be the fourth-highest total among forwards since the NHL began tracking hit totals."
Interesting theory, Kenny Boy, and it certainly is one to which someone who only watched the Pens game might subscribe. But Ovechkin had 220 hits last year - is an increase of less than half a hit per game really an indication that Alex is "too focused on playing a rugged game and is looking for the big hit too much"?
My thoughts in six words or less? He's trying to do too much. But given the way that Nicklas Backstrom and Chris Clark have been playing as his linemates, can you blame him?
Bonus (and more important) thought: Don't worry about Ovi. He'll be fine.