Following the Capitals’ morning skate ahead of Game 4 Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin responded to New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh’s comments that the star winger looked “tired” on the shift that led to the Rangers’ game-winning goal.
“I feel normal, you know. I don’t know why he say that,” Ovechkin said. “I think our line play well, we have solid chances, but we don’t score. Of course they try to find something. If they winning they try to find somebody looks tired, somebody looks lazy, somebody looks somewhat bad. So I don’t care what he say.”
On Tuesday, Coach Adam Oates said he didn’t believe Ovechkin was tired, but that the 27-year-old captain was somewhat out of sync the whole game after sitting on the bench early on as the Capitals paraded to the penalty box.
Washington spent 10 minutes and 8 seconds of the first 28:32 in Game 3 occupying the visitors’ penalty box at Madison Square Garden, preventing Ovechkin, who doesn’t kill penalties, from staying actively involved in the game. Ovechkin finished with 22:07 of ice time in the contest, though.
“Especially when it’s in the first period, you just want to get into the game, feel the ice and when you sit five, six, four minutes you kind of go out of the game,” Ovechkin said. “Anyway, you just have to be sharp out there, do something but do not squeeze yourself.”