Alex Ovechkin

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It’s a safe bet Spanish-born philosopher George Santayana was not referring to Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals when he wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

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Twenty-one years ago Mark Messier stood in front of cameras and microphones and guaranteed a New York Rangers victory in Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals.

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And so it’s come to this, Game 7.

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Alex Ovechkin talked the talk after Sunday night’s 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers.

On Wednesday night in New York he’ll need to walk the walk.

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When the Capitals win without Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom contributing offensively, they are viewed as a well-balanced team capable of going the distance.

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