For the first time ever in his NHL career, Washington Capitals captain and star Alex Ovechkin went two consecutive games without recording a shot on goal. The team practiced on Friday in Montreal and after the skate Ovechkin talked to the media.
Some fans are worried. Some still have hope he’s going to wake up beginning with tonight’s game against the Canadiens. The haters are already saying he’s washed up. Which ones are right and which ones are wrong remain to be seen.
“Everything happens first time, you know?”, said Ovechkin.
But don’t let the short answer there fool you. The great eight knows that he has to play better and he expressed it well in his interview.
"“I think we had very good training camp. We feel good. But when the season starts, you see something missing. That’s why, as a leader, I have to lead the way.”"
"“I think as a player you want to shoot, you want to score, you want to create moments with your teammates and yourself.”"
You can watch the full press conference below:
Wayne Gretzky, the guy Ovechkin is chasing for the NHL lead, once said “you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take”. Pretty sure Michael Jordan said that too. Ovechkin knows he has to let it rip.
During the end of overtime on Monday night against the Calgary Flames as well as towards the end of the third period, Ovechkin tried to shoot it. But as the puck missed the net completely it did not count as a shot on goal.
I’m not ready to press the panic button on Alex Ovechkin just yet. However my finger is hovering over the panic button of the Caps as a whole.
Ovechkin will be with a new top line tonight with Dylan Strome centering it and Matthew Phillips to the right side. Will these young players help create offense for the great eight. We could find out as early as tonight.