Friday, 28 July, 2017

Ovechkin played through hamstring, knee injuries in playoffs

Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby takes a hit from Washington Capitals Matt Niskanen during the first period of Game 3 in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh Monday Ovechkin finished playoffs with lower-body injury
Damon Campbell | 14 May, 2017, 04:07

Barry Trotz was exhausted of "When". The sign read, "If not us, who?"

Alex Ovechkin leaves the Capitals' practice facility after cleaning out his locker on Friday afternoon. Among all teams that qualified for the playoffs, the Predators were the team that finished the regular season the lowest (16). "I say thank you and say good job". "If it happens this year, no one is going to remember the years previous". Holmgren said Laviolette is so positive and such a strong motivator that the coach made him confident the Flyers would win every game.

By nearly any measure, the Capitals have established that culture.

Sparked by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the Pittsburgh Penguins continue their quest to become the NHL's first back-to-back champions since 1998 when they meet Ottawa in the Stanley Cup playoff semi-finals.

After going down 3-1 in the series, Washington kept its Stanley Cup dreams alive after winning Games 5 and 6, only to fall in Game 7 by a score of 2-0.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, left, waits to greet Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russian Federation, who is talking with Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) after Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Easter.

Since the Game Seven loss Wednesday night, the figurative vultures have been out as Ovechkin's future with the team has been openly debated by national media members. There's been some growth there.

"It felt like we had all the ingredients", Oshie continued.

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This season, it's been our first contact, the change of an idea. "If it doesn't happen, we're going to prepare for the play-off". The second teams in Spain, at Barcelona or Real Madrid, play in front of 40,000 people and every weekend in the second league.

"He's the best team player in sports", Rutherford told Postmedia in a phone interview on Thursday. The trophy, and the home-ice advantage that comes with it, again meant little in the playoffs, as the Capitals joined the Detroit Red Wings as the only back-to-back trophy winners to not make the Stanley Cups Finals. The X-factor in the series is Ducks goalie John Gibson, who has been pulled twice but responded well both times. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with nine goals, Evgeni Malkin has 13 assists and Phil Kessel has 38 shots on goal. In other words, the Capitals took 60 percent of the shot attempts in the series and still lost. "You can only get to the second round so many times before you have to think that something needs to be changed". Game 7, Justin Williams; Oshie; defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk, the prize acquisition of a tiresome trade deadline. They did have a draining seven-game series in the second round against the Edmonton Oilers where the attrition included losing depth forwards Patrick Eaves and Logan Shaw. Erik Karlsson is dynamic for Ottawa, and the Senators certainly deserve credit for riding their defensive strategy past more talented teams, but Pittsburgh has far too much in its favor to ignore.

In the end, the Capitals couldn't dig out of the 3-1 hole. The Ottawa Senators have allowed four or more goals in four of their last five games. They committed six offensive zone penalties in Game 4.

"That's the million-dollar question", Niskanen said. "And we're all just really happy we get a chance to find it in this next series".

"As I said to everybody in the room, I hope you get this opportunity again", Coach Barry Trotz said. Because right now it's just a situation where you're frustrated, you're angry, you still think about the Game 7.

As an offseason of change begins, what's frustrating is that there's no easy fix for what ails the team, mostly because it might be in their heads. Holtby said he didn't have a magic reason why that was.

Washington teammate Karl Alzner played with a broken bone in his hand and Marcus Johansson with a broken finger.

Shattenkirk, who was only with Washington since February after being traded from St. Louis, has never shied away from discussing the mental toll failure can take.

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