Olympics are done, Ovie's back in town, and he's got plenty to say

By Tarik El-Bashir
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 2, 2010; D02

Blog excerpt from washingtonpost.com/capitalsinsider

After practice Monday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Alex Ovechkin spoke to reporters about his Olympic experience, the disappointment of coming home without a medal and his now-infamous camera-shoving incident in Vancouver, B.C.

A bleary-eyed Ovechkin arrived in Arlington around 9 a.m. after participating in the Closing Ceremony on the other side of the continent late Sunday night. He said he flew from Vancouver to Seattle to Chicago to Reagan National Airport.

"I sleep on the plane all the time," he said, smiling.

"I use all of my emotion and all of my power" in the Olympics, he added. "But I still have lots of time to recover and get ready" to play for the Caps.

Coach Bruce Boudreau said the Caps' captain didn't have to practice Monday.

"It's a testament to him and his leadership that he's even out here," Boudreau said. "I don't think anyone would have been surprised if he would have needed today off. He flew all night [after] being at the closing ceremonies. We didn't ask him, he just took it upon himself that he had to be here."

More Ovechkin:

-- On Russia's 7-3 loss to Canada in the quarterfinals: "I think every game against Canada is special for everybody. Obviously we lost and we lost pretty badly. I don't know what happened that moment. You could see how they move, how they play. And we didn't play at all. It was a pretty bad situation for us and our country, in that moment. But, still, life goes on."

-- On Canada beating the United States in overtime: "I watched only overtime. I think Canada deserved to win. They play better. I think both teams have good chances, but I think in overtime Canada feel more fresher and have more opportunities to score goals."

-- On Sidney Crosby scoring the winner: "I think at that moment, it doesn't matter who is going to score goal. If it was Crosby, Iginla, Staal or someone else. It was a big moment, an emotional moment for them."

-- On the incident in which Ovechkin appears to push someone who attempted to film him as he walked into the Russia House: "I don't want to talk about it. It happened. I feel sorry, but it was an emotional moment for me. I don't want to say something bad or do something bad, but this happened. Let's forget about it and move forward."

Capitals General Manager George McPhee also spoke to reporters. He didn't tip his hand as to what he may be planning to do prior to Wednesday's 3 p.m. trade deadline, but he did take a shot at some of the coaching in the Olympics.

"I was surprised that there were only a couple of teams that were really well coached in the tournament -- the two teams that got to the gold medal game," he said. "I was surprised by some of the coaching for the other teams -- it wasn't very good."

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