As Alex Ovechkin’s ice time has dipped in various scenarios this postseason, it’s become a hot topic. But on the night that the star left wing posted a new career low for playing time in a postseason game, he also managed to come up with a clutch game-winner in Washington’s 3-2 victory over the Rangers in Game 2.
Ovechkin skated just 13:36, recorded the winner and finished with a game-high seven shots. While the star left wing openly admits he’d rather play more, given that the Capitals are now 4-0 in the past six games when Ovechkin has played less than 17:01, he appears to be taking it in stride.
“Of course I want to be there. You just have to play for your teammates,” Ovechkin said. “Sometimes you’re not out there and you’re by yourself, you have to use the chances that you have. I think I had pretty good opportunities and in the second I hit the post. After that, my shift was not that good. But I used what Dale gave me and it worked. We’ll see how it goes.”
For more on Ovechkin’s night and the Capitals’ key win, check out our full coverage of Game 2.
— It was also another big night for the fourth line, which is fourth in name only writes Tarik El-Bashir.
— The Game 2 interactive shot chart.
— From Mike Wise:
When he unleashed that game-winning wrist rocket from the point Monday night, Alex Ovechkin was battling a variety of forces. There were the rugged Rangers players who skated with him, the rabid Rangers fans, who counted down before each “Ovi (rhymes with Pucks!)” chant and, yes, his greatest neutralizer of all this postseason: Dale Hunter.
It sounds insane, but the coach of the Washington Capitals has decided his team is better off without their alleged best player on the ice during crucial moments of a Stanley Cup playoff run.
And thus far, it’s working.