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Oates doesn’t think Ovechkin was tired on Rangers’ winning goal

May 7, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin‘s defensive play is once again under the microscope.

To see why, watch this:

That would be the New York Rangers scoring the winning goal last night at Madison Square Garden in Game 3 of their series with Washington.

You may have noticed early in the play when Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh stepped around Ovechkin after taking a pass at the point from the eventual goal-scorer, Derek Stepan.

“Step’s got pressure, so he didn’t get the puck in my wheelhouse, and I kind of caught it off-center,” McDonagh told the Daily News. “And then I was seeing Ovie standing straight-legged, like he was tired, so I tried to go back against him and keep the play alive.”

So…was Ovechkin tired?

Capitals coach Adam Oates doesn’t think so.

In fact, Oates thinks it was his fault.

“I don’t think he was tired,” Oates said today, per the Daily News. “I think that I didn’t do a good enough job getting him in his rhythm, probably because of penalties.”

According to the official stats, Ovechkin had been on the ice for 1:07 before Stepan scored. That’s a pretty long shift for most forwards, though not all that uncommon for the Capitals’ captain.

Granted, how tired one gets during a shift also depends on the situation, not just the length. Playing defense, for example, takes more effort than standing and waiting for one-timers on the power play.

Tired or not, Ovechkin could’ve done a better job containing McDonagh. (And while we’re at it, Nicklas Backstrom could’ve picked up Stepan a bit quicker.)

Washington still leads the series, 2-1, though.

  1. esracerx46 - May 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Sounds like Ovi still needs babysitting. Oates has to spend way too much time making Alex happy compared to other guys. Oh, and that penalty by Richards on Ovi, embellishment at its finest.

    • tfaltin - May 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Embellishment but still a penalty, just like the Couture slashing play.

      • esracerx46 - May 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        No doubt. But Ovi should have been penalized as well.

      • tfaltin - May 7, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        I think the attempt of the refs is to call embellishment when there wouldn’t otherwise be any penalty. Take the call on Prust a week back. If he didn’t fall there wouldn’t have been a whistle or a minor, so they both went. Last night Richards was going to the box with or without Ovi’s embellishment.

    • fbothharbaughs - May 7, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Whyever would anyone expect Ovechkin to play D?

      Cherry-picking at it’s finest…

      • stakex - May 7, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        Nothing worse then someone using the term “Cherry picking”, and having no idea what it actually means.


      • fbothharbaughs - May 8, 2013 at 9:55 AM


  2. tfaltin - May 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    For all the great plays Ovi has made this year, we still have to remember who he is. Offensively as dynamic as they come, defensively…inconsistent at best. He got caught flat footed here, and there is no way that is Oates’ fault. Somewhere Dale Hunter is snickering. Full marks to McDonagh for making the move though. Top Olympic pairing of Suter and McDonagh?

    • jpelle82 - May 7, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      i gotta agree, you get what you get with ovechkin. you live or die by him. kinda seems like hunter knew what he was doing maybe?

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 7, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        You bet Hunter knew what he was doing. I mean Oates knows what he’s doing too, but he’s going to have to sit the C down to protect leads as they progress in the playoffs. Such a waste to see a guy paid all that money and then float.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Inconsistent at best…. He’s a liability out there. Ask Hunter what he thinks of this floater.

  3. nach0mancandysandwich - May 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Wow nice article. I didn’t realize I was reading the Caps home page. Could you sound any more bias? THANK GOD THAT THE CAPS STILL LEAD THE SERIES 2-1 THOUGH RIGHT!?

    • Jason Brough - May 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      They have lots of articles criticizing Ovechkin on the Caps’ website?

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 7, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      Hahaha um, what? You think this should have been more tilted towards NY?

      Hockey fans are awesome :)

      • nach0mancandysandwich - May 7, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        Nope just call it down the middle.

  4. hockeywithdrawal - May 7, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    My honest opinion is it was just a bad play by Ovi, good play by McDonagh. I’m not a huge Ovi fan anyway, but I’d bet that if that same play happens again in the next game Ovi puts him on his back.

  5. valoisvipers - May 7, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Oates is sounding like a veteran coach by saying it was his fault that Ov wasn’t in his rhythm.

    • jpelle82 - May 7, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      pretty ludicrous. does he lace 8’s skates for him too? does he make sure his soup isnt too hot before he serves it to him, and is it his fault when he burns his mouth? come on oates…

  6. jjregan21 - May 7, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    That’s just how Ovie skates. He doesn’t move his feet in his own zone if the pucks not on his stick or on the way out of the zone

  7. capsfan19 - May 7, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I think we should talk about our carlson erksine d line! What the heck happened there??

    • tfaltin - May 7, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Possibly expeted backchecking?

  8. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Ok! So you have to know that I would dish in this guy. I’ve been writing it here for months. Ovi is NOT a leader. Leaders don’t pull these types of bone head moves. With all the talent he displays, and as much fun as he is to watch, he is, and will always be a defensive liability. It was just a matter of time before he screwed up. Now let’s hope it doesn’t happen again until Oct. What a floater….

  9. stakex - May 7, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    There are a lot of reasons the Caps lost that game last night, not the least of which was a ruch to the penelty box… and this one iffy play by a guy who was on the ice too long is what everyone is talking about? When hes hot and the Caps win, hes a hero… when they lose, people pick the game apart to find some way to blame him. People really need to get a life when it comes to Ovechkin.

    Fact is, his defensive play has actually been pretty good in this series. No matter what Oates says, Ovechkin looked tiered (1:08 is a long shift while not on the power play) and made a sloppy play… followed by more sloppy play from the Caps D and the puck ended up in the net. It happens, and its not news worthy.

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