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Ovechkin: If I wasn't a Capital, I'd be a Canadien

MONTREAL -- As Alex Ovechkin got ready for an interview with ESPN.com Thursday morning at Bell Centre, he observed just how much he gets excited to play in this rink.

"I love playing here," Ovechkin said.

Later, during the interview, I asked -- hypothetically speaking, just for fun, if he ever had to play for another team, would it be the Montreal Canadiens?

"Yeah, probably, if I would have a choice," Ovechkin said. "The culture, the atmosphere, the city . . . If I wasn't in Washington? Yes, here."

But, he stressed, he doesn't plan on ever playing for a team other than the Washington Capitals.

Still interesting to hear, nonetheless.