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Ilya Bryzgalov says we should leave Alex Ovechkin alone

Dec 14, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

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Alex Ovechkin is having his struggles scoring goals of late and while the pressure mounts, he’s got at least one guy hoping people will take it easy on him.

Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov tells’s Chuck Gormley that everyone should lay off Ovechkin because he’s a good player.

“He’s a great player and may be hitting a hard time in his career. Let him be, let him relax. Maybe he is carrying too much pressure and blaming himself. But he’s a great player.”

That’s a supremely zen approach from Bryzgalov. All that new age mysticism won’t take away from the fact that the once dominating goal scorer has scored just two goals in the Caps’ last 16 games.

The Caps and Hunter might be happy grinding out wins, but doing it at the expense of your biggest offensive weapon seems like a bad idea. Maybe Ovechkin can take Bryzgalov’s zen approach to getting back to doing what he does best.

  1. tomahawk12 - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    The Washington Capitals and fans gave OV the Great 8 and best player in the game today labels. And the last time I looked, OV relishes these given tags. So, it is up to him to produce and show that the labels are warranted. Sorry, but I have never seen him warrant the best player in the game tag. He is an above average player when he wants to be, but that’s about it.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      agreed. 50+ goals is nice and the guy can flat out fly. not a lot of guys can electricute an arena like he can. that being said, he is not a god and he is not the best hockey player in the world. the media created this monster and the caps faithful fed it. as the years are passing ovechkin seems more and more burdened with it…unless something changes, that 13 year monstrosity of a contract wont help the situation for player or ownership either in the coming years

  2. mojosmagic - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Tomahawk you are clueless. The Caps are one of those organizations that never quite get it right. If is a black hole that stars enter and die. Trade AO and see what happens. The man is one of the top 5 players in the NHH.

    • tomahawk12 - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:42 PM

      Thanks for making my point Mojo…OV cost Budreau his job…He may not even be one of the top 5 players in the Eastern Conference….Actually, trading him would give them the money to get some players who really want to play….I’ll bet you will find he is dragging the whole team down. One or two good years in a career does not make a superstar….and I’m clueless??

    • capsrockva - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:13 PM

      mojo & Tomohawk arr clueless. it’s not the NHH! it’s the NHL The Caps can’t trade him, he signed till 2013 or 2014. I say let Semin walk his ass back to Russia, ( where he seems to want to be) don’t even pay for his dam flight. He takes too many stupid ass penalties as he always has done since he signed here. does that make you think why GM GM only keeps signing him to a 1 year contract? look for GMGM to be trading him at the trade deadline. As for Ovi, let him get Hunter’s system down and you see him rebound. I don’t think Ovi cost Gabby his job, but we’ll never know bout that unless it comes out publicly, which as of now it hasn’t. Ovi called Bruce on Tuesday, ( the day after he was fired, which I disagreed with and Bruce made a call to 1067 the fandc radio on Wed. on his way to the airport to see see his mom. Well, that was short, he got the news that night to fly out to
      CA to become the head coach of the ducks. On another not with Green the Caps are 8-0 so in my opinion, to much is being placed on Ovi and Gabby. So all of you haters start posting

  3. haterzgonahate - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Russian hockey players… they’re only consistently good when wearing Red Wing jerseys

    • danphipps01 - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      I kind of want to see what would happen if they signed Semin. Not enough to actually watch them do it (it would drag them down horribly), but out of sheer morbid curiosity.

      • haterzgonahate - Dec 14, 2011 at 6:13 PM

        i bet he’d suddenly rocket up the stats sheets and become Igor Larionov version 2.0

  4. mojosmagic - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Jaguar couldn’t even make it in Cap land.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 15, 2011 at 12:57 AM

      Kinda hard when you’re the only good player on your team. Ask Jarome Iginla about it sometime.

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