Alex Ovechkin needs to play smarter against the Rangers and make better decisions with the puck in the offensive end. The Capitals’ captain was held to just one shot on goal Saturday in Game 1 — nowhere near good enough if Washington is to win this second-round series.
The good news for the Caps, though, is that Ovechkin knows it.
“I make a bad decision,” Ovechkin said. “Sometimes I make that kinds of decisions and after that I just think, ‘Jesus, why I do that?’ ”
The larger issue for Ovechkin in Game 1, though, was that he rarely possessed the puck. And when he did, it wasn’t while knifing through the neutral zone at warp speed.
Some of that was the Rangers’ tight-checking defensive scheme. Some of it was Ovechkin’s own doing.
“I have to find a way, first of all, to have the puck, and [then] find a lane to shoot it on net,” he said after an hour-long practice at Madison Square Garden. “I just have to have more patience in the neutral zone. Don’t come close to the blue line [without the puck]. Because if I’m going to get the puck on the blue line, I don’t have speed and I’m not that [dangerous] guy.”
Read the full column — and more of Ovechkin’s thoughts on what he can do better — here.
More on the Capitals:
— Beagle’s playoff diary: Game 1 is in the past
— Caps lacked intensity in Game 1 vs. Rangers
— Holtby’s Game 1 peformance puts Caps in bad spot
— Graphic: Track every Caps shot in the postseason
— Semin demoted to fourth line in practice