Ovechkin aims to bounce back
Alex Ovechkin took full responsibility for his shot-less effort in Game 1 on Friday morning, then the two-time MVP spent the rest of the day trying to decompress and think about anything but hockey.
Ovechkin said he walked around Georgetown with some buddies who are in town visiting. He had his favorite lunch -- sushi -- at one of his favorite restaurants. Then he went home and played video games.
"I just relaxed mentally," he said. "It was nothing special, no crazy things."
On Saturday, though, Ovechkin was back at work, facing the same questions about his role in the Caps' playoff opening 3-2 loss in overtime to the Canadiens.
"They played great," the two-time MVP said when asked who was to blame for his point-less performance. "You can't say nothing. They played great against our line and the whole team. But I watched video of my shifts and today I'm going to try to do some different things."
The last time Ovechkin was held without a shot - at least in the eyes of the official scorers - came in a 3-2 win over Detroit on Jan. 19 at Verizon Center. In the two games after that, he racked up three goals, two assists and 14 shots on goal in wins over the Penguins and Coyotes.
Could we witness similar bounce back performance tonight?
"Well, I don't need motivation right now," Ovechkin said. "I forget last game. I know everybody is reminding me about last game, so thank you guys. How I say, it's just hockey. You can't play every game the same every night, the best. Sometimes you don't feel that good but in the playoffs you have to do something. What? I don't know. Drink more energy drinks. Listen to more music. I don't know. You just have to do something."
Ovechkin's teammates said they're confident that their captain will respond.
"Alex is the kind of person that, if he do a bad game, he bounces back right away," Nicklas Backstrom said.
Mike Knuble added: "He doesn't have to go home and do soul searching or sacrifice a goat. He's going to come back. He's one of the best players in the world. Those guys show up and play hard. They are the best because they bring it every night, because they try their best every night. They're human, too. They're going to have an off night."
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