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Ovechkin Carries Weight of Game 7

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If Alex had have put that one in on the breakaway, who knows?” — Bruce Boudreau, then-coach of the Washington Capitals, May 14, 2009.

“If I score first goal, maybe a different game. I didn’t score it.” — Ovechkin, same day.

Before Game 7 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals in 2009, one of Sidney Crosby’s teammates walked up to Crosby and told him, “You were born for this.” After Crosby had scored two goals in a 6-2 win, Mario Lemieux waited until the reporters were gone and said to Crosby, “Kid, très bon.” Ovechkin, Crosby’s foil and rival, scored Washington’s only goal, but he was...

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