Alex Ovechkin didn’t have the greatest game Monday night against Tampa Bay, and afterward Coach Bruce Boudreau said that the star left wing “can be better.”
Through two games, a blip on the radar screen of the 82-game NHL regular season, Ovechkin has one point (an assist) and is a minus-2. He has five shots on goal, six more attempts that missed and seven that have been blocked by opponents.
On Wednesday after a tough hour-and-a-half workout that included battle drills and power-play work Ovechkin, was asked if he agreed with Boudreau’s assessment.
“I think everybody can be better,” Ovechkin said. “I think it just has to be between me and [Boudreau] and I don’t want to comment on this.
“I think minus two is not that good,” Ovechkin continued. “I have a couple chances to score goals, one goes in and this going to be done. I think our line sometimes dominate them but we didn’t score...We have to play better five-on-five.”
Boudreau offered a little more perspective when asked about Ovechkin Wednesday, but he didn’t back down from the idea that the captain has yet to find a groove in the young season.
“I think there’s a lot of guys who can be better,” Boudreau said. “I don’t think he’s hit the perfect stride yet. If this was game 38 and he had one point in a two-game stretch, I don’t think people would be being overwhelmed, but it was the first two games.”