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Alex Ovechkin: 'We have to think about the playoffs differently'

Alex Ovechkin skated at Kettler Capitals Iceplex this morning for the first time since last spring. Here's a transcript of his media scrum after the veterans' informal workout:

On the summer:
It was a pretty fun summer, just chill with my friends; go out almost every night.

On the longest he went without being on the ice:
Probably month and a half. I have a pretty hard workout in the summer so I feel pretty good and ready to go.

On his summer training:
I changed my coach. I worked with a different coach and we'll see how I'm going to feel this year. It's probably the same but different group of guys I work with, some different drills and it was good.

On what the team learned from last year:
We lost couple guys but we have different guys here. But most group of guys we have last year are staying together, so again it was hard experience but we move on. We have to work the same as we did in the regular season but we have to think about the playoffs differently.

On whether there will be a different approach to this season:
We know what we have to do. We have to play our game and be ourselves and don't listen to nobody, just concentrate on game.

On having essentially the same team back from last year:
It's nice when you can come back to locker room and you know more of the guys and you have chemistry with them. So the new guys, I hope they will enjoy here and we do everything we can to say hello to them.

By Katie Carrera  |  September 16, 2010; 11:47 AM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin  
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now why wouldn't katie's follow up question be
"Alex, HOW would you think differently about the playoffs?"

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 16, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

For all of the Semin bashers out there, take a look at The Hockey News Top 10 Right Wingers:
http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/35078-THNcom-Top-10-Right-wingers-in-the-NHL.html

Posted by: LetsGoCaps2 | September 16, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Only softball questions are allowed obviously.

Cordially,
RBlatch

Posted by: rblatch45 | September 16, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin = Mongo

Posted by: LarryDavid | September 16, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

A month and a half is a long time to be off the ice...Just saying

Posted by: Wagnerchristopher | September 16, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Clapton stopped playing the guitar for a whole year after he heard Hendricks play.

Not the Hendricks cstanton1 likes. The guitar player.

Posted by: will111 | September 16, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

depends on when that month was, May and June is fine, August not so much

Posted by: RichC3 | September 16, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

sorry, if I'm going into a playoff series, I go with Corey Perry over Alex Semin. And probably David Backes and even Dustin Brown.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 16, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

and ftr, i do have a vinyl copy of Axis Bold As Love.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 16, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I'd go into the playoffs with Matthew Perry before Semin.

Posted by: will111 | September 16, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I'd also go with Katy Perry before Semin.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 16, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Semin is everything that's wrong with Russian hockey. Ovechkin is the possibility of what Russian hockey could be. How are they even friends?

Posted by: will111 | September 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't care if GOD himself tells me Semin is a top left winger in the game...

I've seen him play the last 4 years. WHILE he may score...

1)he takes horrible penalties at the wrong time IN THE OFFENSIVE ZONE!

2)he refuses to learn english so he can be more socially responsible to the Washington press and fans.

3)His scoring comes in bunches. He is highly inconsistent. When we need him most...he always seems to be "slumping".

4)His shot is LETHAL! But, he is a very soft player. He has missed parts of the season due to injury EVERY season.

I say let him get off to a hot start and trade him! Maybe Brian Burke can be a sucker for him like he was in the Kessel trade...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | September 16, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

i have wondered that myself. How are they even friends. Ovy's always covering for him too in the press.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 16, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

BTW-- Alex was off the ice a month and half (is he counting 1/2 of april and all of May?)

Does he also count all the "optional skates" that he misses...?

Just sayin...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | September 16, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

it's called an "Optional Skate" for a reason

Posted by: boomer44 | September 16, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

@Wagnerchristopher
Normally I'd agree with you but last year Ovi played a lot of hockey. Lots and lots of hockey...right...I'm just saying...

Posted by: Berndaddy | September 16, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

LarryDavid=troll

Posted by: boomer44 | September 16, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Love the "Mongo" comment. And please, Katie, a little more depth.

Posted by: illiad1 | September 16, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Just to make things fun, I would like to point out that on more than one occasion, in the first round debacle last year, Semin saved potential goals by backchecking to cover up a Green turnover. I agree that he could play with more consistent passion, but he is clearly one of the most talented players in the NHL.

Posted by: LetsGoCaps2 | September 16, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

but he is clearly one of the most talented players in the NHL.

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so were a bunch of players in the past who ended up not amounting to a hill of beans when it counted. Why do you think at the deadline each and every yr teams are always looking to upgrade their "grit" ? teams are always looking for gritty guys to help them survive the rigors of the playoffs. No one goes looking for one dimensional offensive types (unless you're the caps)

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 16, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"A month and a half is a long time to be off the ice...Just saying"

What, because you're worried he'll forget how to skate?

He still trained hard, it was just off-ice stuff.

After the year he had, I was hoping Ovie would take MORE time off the ice, not less. The guy gives 150%, every shift, every game - no surprise he ran out of gas in the Olympics.

For that matter, I'd like to see BB rest AO for more regular season games, so he's fresh for the playoffs - just like Al Abour used to do with Trottier and Potvin.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | September 16, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin shouldn't be captain. Captains don't miss optional skates before playoff games. Captains don't stay away from the ice for a month and a half and go out every night during the off season. Captains aren't one of the last players to arrive for the pre-camp workouts. Ovechkin doesn't seem to know that there are actual responsibilities with being captain. It isn't just a title. Laich or Knuble should be captain.

Posted by: poguesmahone | September 16, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Semin saved potential goals by backchecking to cover up a Green turnover
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Well, Lord knows there were plenty of opportunities for that.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | September 16, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Talent wise, no one can dispute that Semin is one the best in the league. He has more raw talent than Ovie, but he is kind of a head case and that makes him inconsistent. If he had the intangibles that Ovie has he would be in those same conversations about Ovie, Crosby and Malkin.

Posted by: akmzrazor | September 16, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

After going through a 6 month regular season, the Olympics, and the World Championships, a month and a half is probably a necessary break to so Ovie is fresh and ready for this season. The comment you need to worry about is Ovechkin saying he went out with his friends almost every night. Also, I don't care how many hockey pulications think highly of Alex Semin. He's a bum. He's a pretty boy who thinks he can play when he wants to. If you listen carefully to Coach Boudreau when he talks about Semin, he doesn't particularly care for him.

Posted by: jcreech1 | September 16, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin = Mongo

Posted by: LarryDavid | September 16, 2010 12:38 PM


Love the "Mongo" comment. And please, Katie, a little more depth.

Posted by: illiad1 | September 16, 2010 1:18 PM

Hey d0uchebags! Please remember that the object of language is to communicate, so if your pea brains can understand Ovie, then mission accomplished. Also, please remember that anyone who speaks broken English can speak at least two languages. So, how many languages do you speak Homer and HBO Star? Caveat: Drunkenese does not count in this case.

Posted by: YouAreABigWhiner | September 16, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

@ cstanton1 . I agree, that would be a good follow up question, what is he going to do different in playoffs, etc.
The past few articles wtih Knuble, and Green, they also mention playoffs, so it is apparent that the key words for this year are we have to play different in the playoffs....

As for the questions, i think Catie is reltatively new to this, so we need to give her some adjustment time.

It should be an intersting season. Either way, 2012 will be a different season if the same team/chemistry thing does not work in 2011.

Posted by: hunter321 | September 16, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I agree cstanton, she really should have asked him "how are you going to think about the playoffs differently." The statement "we have to think about the playoffs differently" without any explanation is pretty much worthless.

Either way I dont care as long as we at least make it past the first round...

Posted by: kld34 | September 16, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

John Carlson is the wildcard for the Caps.

He could be an emerging star in the NHL and the type of two-way defenseman that Mike Green probably never will be.

Carlson seems to score goals, not as many as some other defensemen, but they always seem to be BIG goals.

And that's the key for the backline.

I wouldn't be surprised if Semin was the player the Caps were supposedly trying to trade a couple of weeks ago when the Belanger situation came up in the Washington Post.

I agree that Semin has undeniable talent, but he is a very streaky player who takes lazy penalties and doesn't always look like he is giving 100%.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | September 16, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

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