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“He’s a little out of shape. It’s difficult for him.” What they say in Washington about Ovechkin’s failure

Date: July 12, 2024 Time: 16:55:25

“In a game full of costly mistakes by Washington players, the most egregious of them, as is often the case, drew attention to Alex Ovechkin,” wrote Tom Gulitti, a journalist for the NHL’s official website.

And it’s hard to argue with that. The decisive goal was “brought” personally by the capital captain.

Late in the second period, when the Capitals were on the power play, Ovechkin couldn’t deal with a cross-court pass from Connor McMichael: the puck bounced off the backboard in the midzone. Mika Zibanejad robbed Washington’s captain and ultimately created a chance for K’Andre Miller, rolling the puck in for him to shoot. This shorthanded goal proved to be the winner for the Rangers in the second game of the series.

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It was in this style that Ovechkin’s first two meetings took place. The Capitals lost both and returned to Washington for Game 3 in a state where they desperately needed a win and more effort from Alexander.

“We all know we can play with this team,” Ovechkin said. “We made some mistakes, some bad rebounds on the board, but they have experienced players, a lot of experienced players… I think we played much better than in the first meeting. We all know we can play against this team. We just need to stick together. “It won’t be easy, but it won’t be easy for the Rangers either.”

Capitals head coach Spencer Carbery made it clear after the game that Ovechkin would have to improve his game for the Capitals to really make things difficult for the Rangers. At the same time, the specialist said that he believes that the 38-year-old left back “will recover.”

“I thought he looked a little out of shape in the first two games,” Carbery said. -He is fighting. It’s difficult for him. They are away games in the playoffs, Ovi had difficult games. But these are two games. We are returning home now. We will be able to control the game for him and he will be able to turn it around.

Alexander Ovechkin

Photo: Nick Wass/AP Photo/TASS

This is Ovi’s specialty. It can change the course of a game. Now, suddenly, Alex can be the difference maker, the one who can help us win a game or be the engine that wins us a game at home.”

This season Ovechkin has returned to his level after a poor start to the championship and only eight goals in his first 43 games. He scored 23 goals in his last 36 games, helping Washington capture the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

Ovechkin has already proven his quality as a playoff player. His 72 Stanley Cup goals are the second most among active NHL players. Alex is second to Dallas’ Joe Pavelski. Washington’s captain also scored 15 goals in 2018, when he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, leading Washington to its first Stanley Cup in history.

But in the first two games of the series against the Rangers, Ovechkin struggled to find scoring opportunities. Peter Laviolette, who coached the Russian in Washington for the previous three seasons before joining the Rangers in the current championship, used the line of Artemi Panarin, Vincent Trocheck and Alexi Lafreniere against Ovechkin’s trio with McMichael and TJ Oshie, a combination which left the captain The capital’s residents have little time and free ice for him to make his famous fatal shot.

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“Ovi is a player who can change the course of a game and we remember that and do everything we can to contain him,” Laviolette said.

In the series opener, Ovechkin attempted seven shots, five of them blocked by Rangers players. He was never able to shoot on goal. This happened in the playoffs for the fourth time in his entire career. And Washington lost 1-4. The start of the second game was more promising for Ovechkin and the Caps.

He shot from the left circle at 2:18. Igor Shesterkin saved the day. Less than three minutes later, McMichael scored to give Washington the lead. But in the end, what he counted was Ovechkin’s only shot on goal. Two more were blocked and one passed the door.

The last was a wrist shot from the left circle with just a minute and a half left in the game as the Capitals replaced goalie Charlie Lindgren with an extra attacker in an attempt to tie the game. Shesterkin deflected the shot with his glove, but couldn’t make the save.

However, it was by far Ovechkin’s most dangerous shot in the first two games.

Ovechkin vs. Shesterkin

Photo: Adam Hunger/AP Photo/TASS

“I should have four or five scoring opportunities every game, regardless of whether pucks go in or not. He doesn’t have those opportunities. Whether it’s his preparation or the combination of the three of them, whether he played a role in it, we have to find a way to create situations for him where it’s just him and Shesterkin, and he’s at the top of the matchup circle. Carbury said. . “The second thing I see is that they are blocking his shots. This is where I think, “Okay, the shot jammed with a simple touch”… But it will be okay. Ovi has been through so many similar situations that I hope he steps up at the right time in the third match.”

Ovechkin took credit for the shorthanded goal that extended New York’s lead to 4-2 in the 37th minute, saying, “I need to play more carefully, especially at a time like this.”

Having seen him do it so many times, the Capitals are confident he will find a way to redeem himself in this series.

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“Every time he gets excited, our team gets excited,” McMichael said. “So I’m not too worried about Ovi.” I think there were many times when people said he wouldn’t come back and suddenly he scored two or three goals. So I’m not worried about him. He’ll be fine “.

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