I just read a pretty good analysis over at Yahoo and thought that others might find it as interesting as I did. Yahoo - How Ovechkin's oldest trick remains so hard to defend The writer watched all of the Caps' powerplays this season and took a load of GIFs to show exactly why Ovechkin is so successful on the powerplay. Of course, it's nothing new and may not be very illuminating to Eastern viewers who see him a lot, but I found it interesting as a Western viewer who doesn't watch the Caps enough. The writer does a good job of breaking down Ovechkin's success for folks like me. I found it particularly interesting how he points out that the Caps predominantly enter the offensive zone on the right side of the ice, allowing Ovechkin to drift in on the left with no one around him. I also found the following two clips particularly amusing: If you don't see Ovechkin at first, it's because you might've mistaken him for a linesman or fan in an Ovechkin jersey, watching the game behind the glass. He's just standing absolutely still on the blue line by the boards, watching his teammates on the other side of the ice. Most wingers in his position would be moving around, trying to get open for the opposite winger to thread a perfect pass across the slot to him. Ovechkin isn't the least bit interested in that. Instead, he wants the puck to go to the blue line to Carlson so that Carlson can feed him the puck. Before, I might've interpreted both clips as Ovechkin being lazy, but I'm starting to see that it might just be his way of not drawing attention to himself. Some superstars happily draw attention to themselves so that their teammates can be open to make plays, but Ovechkin seems to prefer it the other way around.