One of Alex Ovechkin’s most identifiable traits over the course of his career has been that he takes a high number of shots. The star left wing led the NHL in shots on goal in each of his first six seasons, but through 18 games of 2011-12 he’s fired just 67.
In the Capitals’ 7-1 loss to Toronto Saturday night, Ovechkin was a non-factor and finished with a minus-3 rating. He didn’t attempt a shot on goal until 28 minutes and 42 seconds had elapsed — by then the Leafs led 4-1. He finished with eight shots on goal but it was a hollow statistic.
“Right now every goalie against us play great,” Ovechkin said afterward. “We have opportunity to score goals, we didn’t score. We just have to fight through that. It’s hard but we have to forget this game and be ready for tomorrow.
“Right now, nobody can score and we just frustrated. When we have opportunity to shoot it we’re squeezing sticks too hard,” he continued. “It’s hard, it’s something when you have to fight with it and working more harder than you usually do.”