Last night, Alex Ovechkin saw 13 minutes, 36 seconds of total ice time, a career low for him. He was heckled by the New York crowd. He sat on the bench watching a four-line rotation, and he still managed to net the winning goal.
A little time can go a long way, but are we really okay with the team’s best scorer playing less than a quarter of the game?
“It’s most important thing right now guys just win the series and win the game,” Ovechkin said. “If you gonna talk about my game time and all that kind of stuff, it’s not a season — it’s the playoffs. How I said before, you have to suck it up and play for team.”
“Suck it up” doesn’t mean, “Hey, I’m cool with it” and an unhappy team captain in the playoffs isn’t good for anyone. If Ovi doesn’t see more ice, this could get ugly.
We’re going to find out soon enough if Dale Hunter has figured out exactly when and how much to use Ovi, or if he’s just getting lucky with results.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
* Maryland’s Terrell Stoglin, suspended for a year for violating the university’s student-athlete code of conduct, has declared for the NBA draft.
* Andray Blatche, booed to the end.
* Nats GM Mike Rizzo is prepared for this to not be Bryce Harper’s breakout moment.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Even in a win, Ovi’s lack of time on ice is still a topic of conversation...
From someone who knows outside the Caps locker room: “We had four lines going tonight; we win, who cares who plays?”— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) May 1, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Alex Ovechkin, on getting less time on ice:
“Sometimes you just have to put eye in your butt and, you know, play for everybody.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Ovi’s go ahead goal in last night’s 3-2 Caps win over the Rangers.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats host Arizona on MASN2 at 7 p.m. All TV/Radio listings are here.
PROOF THAT MY TIME MACHINE WORKS
As tweeted by Nick, here’s Nick Young, Gilbert Arenas and Gilberts’s ex-fiancee Laura Govan. Hey look, it’s 2007.
Whenever a bird craps on my car, I eat a plate of scrambled eggs on my front porch just to let them know what I am capable of. #watchout— Graham Gano (@GrahamGano) May 1, 2012
JUST SO YOU KNOW
If you pee on your MacBook, Apple won’t fix it. Which is why you probably shouldn’t let your kid pee on $36,000 worth of them.