Alex Ovechkin blames refs for Capitals’ Game 7 loss, infers game was fixed

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) stands on the ice after the Capitals game against the New York Rangers in game seven of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center. The Rangers won 5-0 and won the series 4-3. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) stands on the ice after the Capitals game against the New York Rangers in game seven of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center. The Rangers won 5-0 and won the series 4-3. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

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.

Ovechkin was.

As hard as that is to digest now for Ovi and Co., the Caps will have the entire offseason to chew on it.

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  • dd

    talk about overrated–a great reg season player who disappears in the playoffs. we call that a fugazy superstar

  • http://twitter.com/smudgercat17 Margaret Andrews

    again this season….one cannot spell Ovechkin without C-H-O-K-and-E

  • Come on, do some reporting

    This article gets the facts wrong. Ovechkin was complaining about the Game 6 officiating, in which the Caps had to spend the whole game killing penalties, and zero were called on the Rangers. And the Rangers were not blameless in Game 6: there was a late hit to the head on Perreault, etc. Meanwhile the Caps’ Ward was assessed a penalty for nothing discernible. So yes, Ovechkin did blame the refs, but for Game 6. he blamed himself and the team for Game 7.

  • Scott

    it probably was fixed. Game 6 that is
    All the major sports have the refs fixing the important games, like the playoffs. there’s evidence all over the internet.

  • sjccoach

    He is absolutely right. The play offs are fixed. It is obvious from watching not only the Caps but other games that the NHL wants certain teams to win. New York, Pittsburgh and Detroit are the anointed ones. The NHL needs the ratings and the money that it will generate for the league.

    • BillieGirl20

      Interesting comment considering the four teams left in the playoffs.

  • Ton Bel

    sore loser !go back to cold russia !

  • Clifford Burton

    Cap fans, PLEASE take off your friggin’ rose-tinted glasses and LOOK
    at what you’re dealing with here. As I’ve said elsewhere, George McPhee is one
    of the stupidest GM’s in sports. He makes some mystifyingly dumb personnel
    decisions–the latest one involved surrendering a talented, 21 year old forward
    with size (Phillip Forsberg) for a 31 year old retread who hadn’t scored 20
    goals in the past three seasons (Martin Erat). When asked WHY he would make
    such an imbecilic move, his answer was that he wanted to win the Cup NOW!!
    REALLY, ELMER??!@? At the time of the rape (oops, I meant to say,
    “TRADE”), I recall thinking that after the Capitals get bounced out
    of the playoffs in the first round I wonder if anybody in Washington’s media
    pool will have the grapes to bring up McPhee’s stupid-assed reasoning vis a vis
    Forsberg, Martin Erat and Lord Stanley’s Cup. Predictably, no one has, so I
    will. To me, McPhee should have been pink slipped after he re-signed the
    talented, but perennially underachieving cipher and mistake-prone head case
    Alexander Semin and then finally trading him to Carolina soon afterwards.
    McPhee is a highly paid dumbbell. As a former player for the Rangers and Devils
    you’d think he’d understand what it takes to build a viable Stanley Cup contender.
    But like his counterparts Danny Ainge and Isaiah Thomas in basketball, George
    doesn’t seem to get it. This team will NEVER win a Cup as long as that
    overpaid sock puppet is the one pulling the strings. PERIOD.

    Clifford

    Santa Monica