Alex Ovechkin isn’t a playoff choker. Lack of production isn’t the reason why his Washington Capitals haven’t made it past the second round since his arrival, and he’s averaging more than a point a game in his postseason career.
But while the Capitals transformed their game under Dale Hunter and seemed to figure out a way to win without glitz and glamour, Ovechkin never seemed happy with being a $9 million role player, put on the ice in offensive situations and not when a lead needed protecting.
“It doesn’t matter if I like it or not, because he’s my coach and I have to listen,” Ovechkin said. “I know my role, and I know exactly when I’m going to be on the ice and when I’m not going to be on the ice. There was bad feelings but nothing you can do; everybody tries, everybody does their best.”