For the fifth straight year, one of the NHL’s best players (not to mention most recognizable names) has suffered an early exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
However, Washington Capitols star Alex Ovechkin doesn’t believe he was getting the superstar treatment. In fact, after losing Game 7 of their series against New York by an embarrassing 5-0 score, Ovi went off, going to so far as to say that the odds were stacked against him and his teammates — by the league and its refs, according to Russian Machine Never Breaks.
“I am not saying there was a phone call from [the NHL], but someone just wanted Game 7. For the ratings; you know, the lockout, escrow, the league needs to make profit.”
Yikes. Tell us how you really feel.
Ovechkin eventually did cool down, and managed to shift the blame somewhat from the refs to himself and his teammates.
It’s very frustrating. That’s the whole point; you have to win the games and try to win the Cup.
We have a great coaching staff, good group of guys who support each other. It doesn’t matter what happen, we not yelling at each other, nobody was pointing finger like it’s your fault we lose the game. It’s everybody’s fault. All guys are at fault. My fault, Backie’s, Ribs’s — everybody. It’s not about one person or two persons, it’s about the team. We don’t get team success in game seven and game six. It’s blame on us.
That’s a bit more like it.
If, perhaps, the game had been as devastatingly close as Toronto’s 5-4 Game 7 overtime loss to Boston was, Ovechkin’s argument would actually have some sort of leg to stand on.
However, the refs did not give up those five goals, and the refs were not shut out. Washington was.
As hard as that is to digest now for Ovi and Co., the Caps will have the entire offseason to chew on it.