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Alex Ovechkin talks about needing to ‘be better’ for Capitals

Alex Ovechkin didn’t have the greatest game Monday night against Tampa Bay, and afterward Coach Bruce Boudreau said that the star left wing “can be better.”

Through two games, a blip on the radar screen of the 82-game NHL regular season, Ovechkin has one point (an assist) and is a minus-2. He has five shots on goal, six more attempts that missed and seven that have been blocked by opponents.

On Wednesday after a tough hour-and-a-half workout that included battle drills and power-play work Ovechkin, was asked if he agreed with Boudreau’s assessment.

“I think everybody can be better,” Ovechkin said. “I think it just has to be between me and [Boudreau] and I don’t want to comment on this.

“I think minus two is not that good,” Ovechkin continued. “I have a couple chances to score goals, one goes in and this going to be done. I think our line sometimes dominate them but we didn’t score...We have to play better five-on-five.”

Boudreau offered a little more perspective when asked about Ovechkin Wednesday, but he didn’t back down from the idea that the captain has yet to find a groove in the young season.

“I think there’s a lot of guys who can be better,” Boudreau said. “I don’t think he’s hit the perfect stride yet. If this was game 38 and he had one point in a two-game stretch, I don’t think people would be being overwhelmed, but it was the first two games.”


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