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Ovechkin relaxed, focused on 'different things' ahead of Game 5

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Ahead of the biggest game of his career, Washington Capitals linchpin Alex Ovechkin is taking a unique approach to his mental preparation.

Ovechkin and the Caps square off Thursday against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final with a 3-1 series lead, but "the Great Eight" isn't overthinking what could be a Cup-clinching evening.

"To be honest, I think most of us have never been in this position," Ovechkin said Wednesday from Las Vegas, according to ESPN's Emily Kaplan. "For me personally, I don't try to think about it too much what's going on and just try focusing on different things. But it's hard."

So, what's currently occupying Ovechkin's thoughts instead?

"Whatever. Cars. Hotels. You know, Vegas," he said, per Kaplan.

A win Thursday night would give Washington its first Cup in franchise history.

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