ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin is promising to be in better shape and be a better leader for the Washington Capitals this season.
Ovechkin said Tuesday he changed his offseason workout program after scoring a career-low 32 goals last season.
Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said Ovechkin spent last season working his way into shape during the regular season in order to be peaking during the playoffs. The move backfired as the team captain was slowed by a nagging injury and had to take a week off in March.
Ovechkin also said the Capitals have to take a more serious attitude during the playoffs. Washington has won four straight division titles but has yet to advance past the second round during that stretch.