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Last summer, it was Fatgate. Slouchgate. Whatever. Rumors swirled that Alex Ovechkin had packed on a few pounds. Not like Byfuglien weight, but more than his once lithe frame was used to. We dismissed the scandal, and Ovechkin played perfectly fine, but maybe there was something to it after all.

Speaking with Alexey Karpenko of last month, Ovechkin came clean about his fitness these last few years and what has changed. (Spoiler: it’s Maria.)

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