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Q&A With Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin ducked out of Mellon Arena hoping to avoid the cameras and questions, but a few reporters caught up to him before he got on the bus. Here's what the Caps winger had to say:

Q: Is there a need for a speech on a day like today? Are you like that?
A: No. Everybody right now understands what's going on. Speech? We don't need a speech. Everybody knows the situation. Tomorrow maybe we can go home and the season is over. Nobody want it. We don't need more motivation right now to say something or feel something. Bruce [Boudreau] talked to us a lot. Everybody knows.

Q: Why have the Caps been so good when facing elimination?
A: I don't know. I don't know why want to be in this situation. We won 2-0, lose three in a row, two in overtime. We kind of feel no good about why we lose in overtime, two mistakes, two bad bounces. We didn't score goals in overtime. In overtime, one mistake can cost you a loss.

Q: Does this feel like facing elimination against the Rangers?
A: No. This is second round. We're fighting for the Stanley Cup. You have to win only 10 games right now to win the Stanley Cup. But to try to win [these], it's pretty hard.

Q: In the last round, the Caps could say they out-played the Rangers in every single game. Do you have the feeling that you've out-played the Penguins?
A: You can see the scores. Two times we lost in overtime. ...We still feel pretty good about ourselves. We don't give up. Our goal is to come back for Game 7 in Washington.

Q: Do you need more production from Alexander Semin tonight?
A: We need more from everybody - from me, from [Mike Green], from [Nicklas Backstrom], from [Simeon Varlamov]. It's not about one player to win the series, the game. Sometimes one player can do something good and score goals. But it's all about the team.

[Edit: Here's a new post from Dan Steinberg, who talked to Donald Brashear today about the Caps' chances. "I feel that we can win this series. I mean, we won the last one, why wouldn't we win this one?"]

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 11, 2009; 1:26 PM ET
 
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Ovie's ethic is phenomenal. He is truly a great player.

Posted by: CheckingLine | May 11, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

go caps

first

Posted by: woodsidej1 | May 11, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

pretty sick of hearing about "bad bounces" and bad officiating and all that nonsense. The Pens are leading the series because they're the better team and have played better. Even their bad bounce was on a 2 on 1 break, it wasn't like the freakin puck was shot in from the red line and it somehow hit Poti's stick and squirted thru. They gained the zone, quality scoring chance and they capitalized. Period. No bad bounces garbage. If that puck had squirted thru Poti's stick it would have gone to Crosby for a wide open tap-in.

I don't think the Caps have put in max effort like the Penguins have, and frankly the Penguins would probably still beat us if we played better. They're just the quicker more cohesive team. They forecheck better, they backcheck better, and they can roll an effective 4 lines.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 11, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Q: In the last round, the Caps could say they out-played the Rangers in every single game. Do you have the feeling that you've out-played the Penguins?


wow, how could you even ask this question? The Penguins outplayed us in games 1 and 2 and still lost, they dominated us in game 3 and won, they outplayed us by a smaller margin in game 4 and won. Game 5 I'd say was the most even game. But to even suggest we've outplayed them in the series is pure homerism.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 11, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Mike Green is the one 'star' on ice that has yet to come to play in this series.

He has contributed zero goals on the power play and has been unsteady at times playing the puck in his own zone.

Ovechkin has been visible. So has Backstrom and Fedorov. Crosby has been there. Malkin has been there from Game 3 onward.

Where is Mike Green?

Posted by: leopard09 | May 11, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Nothing groundbreaking in that Q/A. Completely worthless.

Posted by: bhound69 | May 11, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Q: Do you need more production from Alexander Semin tonight?


HELL YEAH, how about 6 goals a nd 3 assists!!! He's due.......

Posted by: bhound69 | May 11, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

fives hours, twenty-four minutes.

Posted by: saintex | May 11, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I got a motivator......walk into locker room before the game starts and find who needs a tee time for tomorrow.

Posted by: bhound69 | May 11, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

hey saintex I agree with ya, I think Green does have something physically that is slowing him down. Remember the monster hit he put on Sjostrom in game 1 v the Rangers? Since then, in about 120+ shifts he's had less than 5 strong hits. He also looks worn down.

I'm not a fan of Green's defensive work but he was playing well the last month of the year and he played well in game 1 v the Rangers. Since then, he's looked very shaky. The Rangers and Pens have also exacted a huge physical toll on Green. He gets drilled about 6 times every game if not more. I wish our forwards across 4 lines would target a couple of the Pens skill players. Whats stopping our defensemen from treating Sid the kid the same way Orpik has treated Semin ?
Why aren't players like Backstrom finishing their checks ? He's had one strong hit all series. That was on the 1st shift of game 4.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 11, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 11, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

@CS

I don't think they outplayed us in Games 1 and 2, those games were very even. Extra little fluttering pucks thrown to Varly's glove that padded shot stats doesn't mean they played better. The officiating has been much better the last 2 games ever since BB had to have a rant about it. They outplayed us badly in Game 3 but the refs didn't help. While many will point to Varly's mistakes in Game 4 I still think they outplayed us then as well.

On the whole have we outplayed them? No, but to claim they've outplayed us every game is just as big a stretch. If we play tonight like we did in Game 5 save for the first 10 minutes of the 3rd I like our chances.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | May 11, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Whats stopping our defensemen from treating Sid the kid the same way Orpik has treated Semin?

because they refs made it perfectly clear that the Caps are playing under a different set of rules.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Win

Posted by: mikebrady1 | May 11, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks the caps can win tonight is only fooling themselves.
#1 Bettmen is aginst it (he wants sid to get as much rest as he can)
#2 The game is in pittsburgh
#3 The Refs will not allow us to win (as per Bettmen)

Posted by: rarcr | May 11, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

How quickly some of us forget... I think most would agree the Pens have outplayed us through the first 5 games of this series, but to say they're the better team irritates me. Not only did we go 3-0-1 against them during the season, but we were clearly the better team over the course of the season. We finished with the 4th most points in the entire NHL, so all of you that are ready to jump off the bandwagon after a few losses, good riddance. I, for one, still believe we can not only win tonight, but this series, and even the whole damn thing. Let's have a little faith, folks. LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: CPortisRun | May 11, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Caps will win tonight because Bettman wants a game 7. Versus wants a game 7. everyone in hockey wants a game 7.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I am so tired of Crosby whining about everything. He and the refs seem to think that the rules of the game are different for the Caps and the Pens. You mean if Crosby had a hat trick in Pittsburg and the fans threw hats on the rink, we would have gone to the officials and asked them to stop it, NO WAY! Ovechkin is a better player and a much classier act. Much better role model for the kids too!

Yes, the Caps need to step it up for sure. But, the officials need to be sure they officiate the same way for BOTH teams. Then at least the playing field will be the same and whoever wins can do it fairly. Maybe the NHL wants the Pens to go on instead of us because they get a bigger TV draw? Thought it was the best out of 7 in 4 rounds.
Just my thoughts.

Posted by: hockeyfantastic | May 11, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie: That is, everyone except Pens fans and their ilk. GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | May 11, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Let's Go Caps!

Show those Pens that whining does not mean winning!

Posted by: hockeyfantastic | May 11, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I am so tired of Crosby whining about everything. He and the refs seem to think that the rules of the game are different for the Caps and the Pens. You mean if Crosby had a hat trick in Pittsburg and the fans threw hats on the rink, we would have gone to the officials and asked them to stop it, NO WAY! Ovechkin is a better player and a much classier act. Much better role model for the kids too!

talk about whining, did you see Crosby crying to the ref for a full five minutes in Game 5? good lord, every time the ref tried to skate away, Crosby would follow him and whine some more.

The funniest player-ref interaction that came, however, was when Semin skated by a ref to get to the face-off and the refs head snapped around so hard and fast that I thoguht it was going to come off. I would love to know what semin said there.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Caps goals tonight, in order: 10, 8, 19, 8. Brads gets us going early in the first.

Posted by: saintex | May 11, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

what no goal scoring love for the original Russian Superstar?! The man sure does know how to score timely goals.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

We're holding 91 in reserve for Game 7.

Posted by: saintex | May 11, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Come on Boys - win tonight and bring it back home!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 11, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

We outplayed them in one game (game 5). They outplayed us in 2 games (games 3 and 4). Two games were even (1 and 2).

Generally speaking, in 'even' games, the team with the best player usually wins. Ovie was clearly the best player in game 2. In game 1, it was Varly. Unfortunately, bad bounces do happen. A bad bounce compounded with poor officiating was the reason for the Pens OT win in game 5.

It remains to be seen whether the Caps can pick up their game in Pitt.

Posted by: psps23 | May 11, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

@bhound69: How about YOU go into the locker room with the arrogance you carry in here and tell the boys they are going to require T-times. I bet you end up face first in the trashcan with your tighty-whities up around your shoulders just like back when you were a towel boy for the football team.

I'm a friggin' homer and I don't want to hear about the boys not being motivated, or having to be motivated. These guys have dedicated more time to play hockey at this level than any of us (less doctors, lawyers, and military folks) have devoted toward any goal. To imply these guys are unmotivate and/or don't care is a rediculous. Bubble gum and marshmallows right now fellow Caps fans. Bonehead fans were throwing crap on the ice Saturday nigh while Boyd Gordon leaned on his stick propped on his knees because he busted his butt for the 2nd time in two nights. Give these guys a friggin' break already.

When there is an outsider in here you guys are pretty cool, when they leave, you become cannibals and start feeding on the Caps, Green and Boudreau most often. Nylander's not around to blame. If he was suited up and didn't even take the ice he'd still get blamed.

It's getting close to game time and I can't wait to see the game.

The mood in here is very similar to the mood before games 5 and 6 of the last series. It doesn't matter it was the Rangers, most of you were ragging on them just as bad and had no confidence they would turn it around. Just cheer for you team and stop turning on them.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 11, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I keep trying to get all up for this game and then this horrible words flashes in front of me

Devorski

and I start crying.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

how the hell did scott walker only get fined for that sucker punch in the canes-bruins game last night?

donald gets 5 games and walker gets fined, i dont understand it

Posted by: _stevo | May 11, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

The Caps will get considerably more PP's tonight so it will go Game 7. RATINGS.

Go Caps

Posted by: bigschu8 | May 11, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

_steve-o are you kidding me?!?! He only got a FINE? That sucker punch was way more pre-mediatted and deliberately dangerous than Brash's hit on Betts.

Jesus, the NHL is run by a bunch of monkeys with half a brain.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"We are satisfied with the league's ruling," said Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford. "After our team received several punches throughout the series leading up to Game 5, it was a matter of time before one was going to be thrown back."

Sounds like GM Rutherford implies a message was being sent. Hey, it's not like the series with the Pens would be any different if Brash wasn't suspended for 6 games but this punishment is just another example of the inconsistency. Doesn't matter what was "said" Walker went to blows by himself, not with a willing or ready participant.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 11, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I still have hope, but the Pens have dominated this series for the most part...they have all kinds of room...have no problems clearing their zone and entering our zone...their forecheck has been substantially better...we have been the opposite. No room...can't clear the zone and have no room entering the zone. This is agood learning curve for a YOUNG team. A couple more pieces and we are consistantly battling in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 11, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

the worst part of it is that, according the ESPN, Walker was called for an instigator in the last five minutes of the game, which carries an automatic 1 game suspension unless Campbell uses his power to overrule that.

please, NHL, please explain this ruling. but you can't because its BS.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone possibly think that the Caps (or any team) doesn't want to win? Do you think these guys got to be professional athletes at the highest level of the game by giving partial effort? By not trying? By saying, By not caring about winning?

I don't care how rabid you are, or how much you want your team to win, the PLAYERS WANT IT MORE.

Being injured, making a mistake, getting a bad bounce, none of those things equal lack of will to win.

Posted by: lalalu1 | May 11, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Let's GOOO Caps! It's the Penguins. You don't need anymore motivation than getting to wave them bye-bye from this series and crushing their hopes for the Stanley Cup. It's YOUR time, men. It's not a year from now, nor two years. It's NOW. Your time to win is NOW. Do it, guys!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 11, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

OK, he might be hurt, have the flu, whatever....
but I am also watching the play, or non-play, of Mike Green.
Never mind his SCORING-or his DEFENSE-
the guy is not even skating!!
All the yapping about Schultz on the Caps message boartds about him being a "PYLON,"
I am wondering why green is out there at all- he hangs back when he should be attacking, he doesnt even pretend to play D the rest of the time!!Get him OUTA there!!

Posted by: peabody2 | May 11, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse


"I've almost changed my game a bit in the playoffs and I'm not as aggressive offensively," said Green, who scored 31 goals during the regular season and has just one in 12 playoff games. "I don't think I should play like that. I think I should be more involved and get up the ice. I found when I was doing that I had more confidence and good things happened."

look for Greenie to be taking more chances up ice, that should really make Varly feel good :)

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 11, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"I accept the league's decision," said Walker. "Based on what was said on the ice as I was dropping my gloves, it was my understanding that I was engaged in an altercation."


lol! gotta love that. Based on what I've seen, the Bruins have been taking a lot of liberties against the Canes in the games they've lost. I see no problem with Scott Walker returning the favor especially when Aaron Ward was roughing up Matt Cullen that entire shift. Its 4-0, if you want to rough up another player near the end of the game then be prepared for consequences.

Scott Walker is one mean SOB. People forget but he started off as a 4th line center for the Canucks and frequently engaged in some serious Smythe div brawls. He's a real tough guy who won't back down from anyone and he earned his keep by taking care of his teammates.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 11, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

ftr, i don't remember games 1 and 2 the same way you guys do, and if you go back and look at the blogs for games 1 and 2, the consensus appears to be that our goalie was the main reason we won. He stood on his head. Granted the Pens have gotten better as the series went on, esp at home. But overall I'd say they've been the quicker team, the less turnover/mistake-prone team, and the more consistent team.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 11, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone who thinks the caps can win tonight is only fooling themselves.
#1 Bettmen is aginst it (he wants sid to get as much rest as he can)
#2 The game is in pittsburgh
#3 The Refs will not allow us to win (as per Bettmen)"

Is that you, Ted Leonsis? You can't at least put together a Top Ten list a la Letterman of lame excuses for why your team is losing in the series?

Posted by: LonnieBeale1 | May 11, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Being injured, making a mistake, getting a bad bounce, none of those things equal lack of will to win.

Posted by: lalalu1 | May 11, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

you don't think the Pens are playing injured or banged up ? you don't think that if you give a team enough offensive chances that eventually they may get a "bad bounce" ? For cryin out loud, the bad bounce was a 2 on 1 break which qualifies as a quality scoring chance. Not to mention a few seconds before that Mike Green gets caught up ice while HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE KILLIN A PENALTY! rofl, gotta love when our D is on their side of the red line while we're on the PK.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 11, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Here's the part that irritates me: if the Capitals lose now and those of you who sold them short today before Game 6 (heck, some of you sold them out in Game 3), does that mean we'll see you again next season, being Polly Positive again? In my book, that's a little shady. Heck, I'll say it flat out, that makes you a hypocrite. If you're going to support the team, support them through the good and bad. None of this bs where you guys insult a player or two (flavor of the month, anyone?) and then when they do well, all of a sudden you've got your nose buried in their hoo-hah singing their praises in different languages.

Regardless of how long you've been a fan, this whole see-saw business you guys pull is just pathetic. I'm not bailing out on the Capitals and really, neither should any of you. They've got me through Game 6, Game 7, and the next five bazillion seasons. Here's hoping you guys snap out of your Penguin flu and realize the Capitals aren't out just yet. We've got a lot more games in us.

LET'S GOOO CAPS!!!!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 11, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Whats stopping our defensemen from treating Sid the kid the same way Orpik has treated Semin?

because they refs made it perfectly clear that the Caps are playing under a different set of rules.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

A-freakin-men! I couldn't agree more!

Posted by: BlondeCapsFan | May 11, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

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