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Ovechkin ready for the playoffs

As much as Alex Ovechkin would have enjoyed winning the Art Ross Trophy and perhaps having the Rocket Richard Trophy all to himself, those personal accomplishments were not to be this afternoon in a 4-3 shootout loss to Boston at Verizon Center to close the regular season.

Ovechkin did not record a point in 22 minutes 8 seconds of ice time, and it was clear the Bruins' primary focus was to deny the two-time reigning MVP whenever he touched the puck.

Vancouver's Henrik Sedin leads the league with 112 points, three more than Ovechkin. As for the goals title, Ovechkin is tied with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos at 50, and the Lightning plays later today against Florida.

Ovechkin did not seem that disappointed in the locker room afterward, instead turning his attention the playoffs. Here's what he had to say about the regular season finally ending:

By Gene Wang  |  April 11, 2010; 3:22 PM ET
 
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Where can I fine a playoff date schedule? Not the teams; the dates.

Posted by: Bartolo1 | April 11, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

You'll be able to find them everywhere once the NHL actually announces them.

Posted by: spacecadetkid | April 11, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

woulda loved to get the Flyers in the first round. not a big fan of having to play the Habs defense or having to shoot against Lundqvist. This first round series is going to be tougher than most expect. Also wish the Pens would have won their division. Hopefully our guys don't play the first round opponent with another potential Ovie/Crosby second round showdown on their minds. Time to get AMPED UP!!!!
IT'S PLAYOFF TIME IN DC!!!

ROCK THE RED CAPS FANS!

Posted by: kman2 | April 11, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Was at the game.

1) At least the guys battled back to tie the game after giving up the one goal on Boston's PP. They weren't totally mailing it in.

2) We ended up tied in regulation thanks to the Power Play which, once again, was totally ineffective. It's not that they looked that bad but couldn't get anything in the net. Guys, you need to do better than that on PP. (Of course, we've been resting the guys who are typically on our 2nd PP unit over the last 2 days.)

3) The PK got better after the one goal for Boston.

4) With the game being totally meaningless, I guess Bruce decided to let the grinders be the shooters. Boston got the win gift wrapped, as a result. (But it's not like our good shooters are that good in shootouts anyhow.) Thank God there is no shootout in the playoffs.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 11, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Schultz got his plus 2 today -- +50 on the season and the league +/- winner.

Posted by: Justafan | April 11, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I'd take anyone but Montreal in the first round. Theo and the Habs have issues.

Posted by: butcherbaker | April 11, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

@butcherbaker

A Devils fan on Japers posted that they want to face anyone but the Flyers. Are you sure we can't work out a trade somehow?

Let the Devils have Montreal and we'll take the Flyers.

Then again, Montreal has NOT played well as of late and that's why they're where they are when they had looked solidly in 6th not too long ago. (Okay Caps, I think you'll find a way to beat Montreal.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 11, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

We can't get the Flyers...

I don't want Montreal b/c they have a good PP and against our PK, it could cost us. Going to Bell Centre will be difficult and butcherbaker mentioned Theo seems to have troubles with his former team.

I don't want the Rangers because well we faced them last year and Lundy is tough but we've proven we could beat him.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 11, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't want the Rangers because well we faced them last year and Lundy is tough but we've proven we could beat him.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 11, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

can't totally compare last yr to this year - both teams have some different looks to them. One-third of the Rangers roster is different this year. And about 1/4 of the Caps roster has changed. Our defense has a different look this yr, their forwards have a different look also with Gaborik, Christiansen, Jokinen, and that 4th line.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 11, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

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