WASHINGTON - The reason Alex Ovechkin is off to a slow start this season may have nothing to do with who is coaching him.
The Washington Capitals captain tweeted a picture of his new girlfriend, Russian tennis pro Maria Kirilenko, Wednesday afternoon.
The Montreal Gazette had written about the rumored relationship earlier this week, but Ovechkin removed all doubt after posting a pic of the two snuggling at an undisclosed location.
Kirlenko has been spending part of her offseason in the D.C. area training with the George Washington University tennis team.
The tennis pro finished the year ranked No. 28, failing to win a tournament she entered during 2011.
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