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Alex Ovechkin: 'We have to think about the playoffs differently'

Alex Ovechkin skated at Kettler Capitals Iceplex this morning for the first time since last spring. Here's a transcript of his media scrum after the veterans' informal workout:

On the summer:
It was a pretty fun summer, just chill with my friends; go out almost every night.

On the longest he went without being on the ice:
Probably month and a half. I have a pretty hard workout in the summer so I feel pretty good and ready to go.

On his summer training:
I changed my coach. I worked with a different coach and we'll see how I'm going to feel this year. It's probably the same but different group of guys I work with, some different drills and it was good.

On what the team learned from last year:
We lost couple guys but we have different guys here. But most group of guys we have last year are staying together, so again it was hard experience but we move on. We have to work the same as we did in the regular season but we have to think about the playoffs differently.

On whether there will be a different approach to this season:
We know what we have to do. We have to play our game and be ourselves and don't listen to nobody, just concentrate on game.

On having essentially the same team back from last year:
It's nice when you can come back to locker room and you know more of the guys and you have chemistry with them. So the new guys, I hope they will enjoy here and we do everything we can to say hello to them.

By Katie Carrera  |  September 16, 2010; 11:47 AM ET
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now why wouldn't katie's follow up question be
"Alex, HOW would you think differently about the playoffs?"

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 16, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

For all of the Semin bashers out there, take a look at The Hockey News Top 10 Right Wingers:

Posted by: LetsGoCaps2 | September 16, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Only softball questions are allowed obviously.


Posted by: rblatch45 | September 16, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin = Mongo

Posted by: LarryDavid | September 16, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

A month and a half is a long time to be off the ice...Just saying

Posted by: Wagnerchristopher | September 16, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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