Since the middle of December, Alex Ovechkin has been asked every question under the sun about the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

What’s it like to see your face on a Coke can? How does it feel to be the face of Russia? What will it be like to face teammates Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson? Who’s the favorite to win the gold? Will you play right wing or left wing? What’s your favorite color? Which do you prefer, boxers or briefs?

OK, maybe not every question under the sun. But you get the idea.

“It’s tough,” Ovechkin admitted. “All the time the same questions, but it is what it is. It’s something I have to do and I do it.”

Through it all, the Capitals’ 28-year-old captain has somehow managed to lead the Capitals and the NHL with 39 goals. He’s on pace for 57 goals, his highest total since cranking out a career-high 65 goals six years ago.

His goal in Detroit Friday night with seven seconds remaining secured a point for the Capitals. His overtime goal against the Red Wings on Super Bowl Sunday earned them two more points.

Somehow, Ovechkin has been able to enjoy his best offensive season in six years while satisfying interview request after interview request and photo shoot after photo shoot.

“There is a lot thrown on the guy and I don’t think any of us can really understand how much it is,” Capitals teammate Brooks Laich said.

“But once he gets out on the ice he’s free of all that [media], so him getting out on the ice is really enjoyable. You see him jumping after goals. You see the enthusiasm back again. It’s great to see. He’s a big part of our team and almost every game he’s going to get us a goal. I think he’s done a great job.”

Ovechkin said he’s spent the past few weeks just trying to get through the demands so that he can have enough energy to play at a high level for his country in Sochi.

“Of course, you want as many days off as possible to just don’t think about hockey,” he said. “Don’t think about sticks or skates or anything. But the schedule right now is very hard.”

The Caps were given Wednesday off and conclude their pre-Olympic schedule with games against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday and New Jersey Devils on Saturday nights.