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By all accounts it was a disappointing individual season, as much as you can call 32 goals and 85 points “disappointing.” No Hart nomination. No Lindsay, Art Ross, or Richard trophies either — none of the individual accolades we are used to seeing from the game’s most dynamic player.

So what can we expect next year for Alex Ovechkin? Will we see another Hart-worthy performance, or is another 30-goal season in the offing? The most glaring change from this season to the others, besides the diminished scoring, was the way Ovechkin was used throughout the season. Using data from Behind the Net, we can see some definite trends during even-strength and when Washington has the man advantage.

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As Caps fans know, fan favorite Matt Hendricks is never afraid to drop the gloves, even if it means getting some facial redecorating. But he wasn’t always that fearless. In an interview last week with Hockeydiaries producers Gemma Hooley and Chris Nelson, the 29 year-old Minnesotan discusses his first ever hockey fight in the professional ranks, which didn’t exactly go as planned.

Gemma and Chris chronicled Hendricks along with Braden Holtby throughout the 2010-11 campaign, just as they’ve done the past two years, and the documentary will be released sometime this summer. For more details plus bonus audio and video, follow Media Chameleon on Twitter and on Tumblr.

Additional reporting by Chris Gordon

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