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Ovechkin credits ‘unbelievable’ Lundqvist for beating Capitals

May 14, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT


Dressed in a black Nike t-shirt that read “Where the —– is the finish line?”, Alex Ovechkin met with the Washington media today, one day after his Capitals were eliminated by the New York Rangers.

How could Ovechkin explain what happened to the Capitals, who despite their high-powered offense couldn’t even muster a goal in Games 6 and 7 losses?

Answer: Henrik Lundqvist.

“Almost one guy beat us,” said Ovechkin, per CSN Washington. “Of course they have a good team. They have great players, a great defensive team. But the goalie out there was unbelievable. It was like he was best in the league.”

Ovechkin, who led the NHL with 32 goals during the regular season, only managed to beat Lundqvist once on 30 shots.

As for Ovechkin’s suggestion following Game 7 that the refereeing favored the Rangers in Game 6 because the NHL “wanted” the series to go the distance?

“That’s not my call,” he said today. “I don’t skate with a whistle. I skate with a stick. My job is to play the game and somebody else’s job is to look at the game and make decisions. … I said everything last night.”

Ovechkin will now travel overseas to represent Russia at the World Championships in Sweden and Finland.

Image via Stephen Whyno, Washington Times

  1. JoeAvg - May 14, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    A bit more humble.

  2. jj9979 - May 14, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Cool, now he can head to Finland and NOT win something else…

    $4.5m/playoff point….

    • travishenryskid - May 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      Except they don’t get paid for playoff games…

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 14, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Humble my you know what. This guy is clueless. He says one thing in Russian and another in English. Not so long ago when he was on a tear he was quoted saying “shut all your mouths” because of the heat he took with respect to his slow start. He should learn to shut his mouth. Go back to Russia, and go play for Keenan. Would love to see iron Mike ride his you know what.

  4. fivetozeroingame7 - May 14, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    “It seems like people who been all over me, they can close their mouths”

    Alex Ovechkin, April 24, 2013

    • stakex - May 14, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      Well I think he was talking about the media people who said he was washed up, and would never be in the running for a scoring title again… in that sense hes right. Caps playoff performance though? Not so much.

  5. dabutcha114 - May 14, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    So long sucker! Henrik is the best in the league. Cap fans can shut their holes now, cause they got shutout 3 games this series.

    • magicrat13 - May 15, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      keep it classy ranger fans….we’re better than that….

  6. 19to77 - May 14, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Ha. Haha. If only. Derick Brassard had one shy of five times your point production in that series, Ovi. DERICK. BRASSARD. And McDonagh completely shut you down all series long. Hank’s a star, no doubt about it – but their team was better than yours at basically everything. Don’t say it was “almost one guy.” Their whole team was better than yours.

    • kotteintheslot - May 14, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      “Of course they have a good team. They have great players, a great defensive team. But the goalie out there was unbelievable.”
      Selective reading my friend. Only picking the words that make his sound the worst. I think he understands who the better team was. He was just acknowledging how good Lundquist was.

  7. jaredo10 - May 14, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    shhh take a nap cap fans. The king put your team to sleep 2 years in a row. plus we won with Nash taking the series off. enuff said

  8. capsfan19 - May 14, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    2 games dabutcha. Rags got shut out once. Nice try.

    • fivetozeroingame7 - May 14, 2013 at 7:46 PM


  9. Kristenaux - May 15, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    I’m neither a Caps or a Rangers fan so I think I can be a bit more objective here. What Ovie said re: ref bias and Lundquist doing his game in headstand is true. We are watching all the playoff games and there is no question that there’s both bias AND ineptitude with the officiating. Anyone who wants to argue that is either falling on the good side of the bias or just doesn’t want to see it. There are teams in this league that are treated with kid gloves and there are teams that get slapped into the penalty box for breathing hard standing next to the opposition. Does this come from headquarters or is it just ref bias? Likely some of each. But if ANY fan is going to say that it isn’t there, then I wouldn’t even bother talking with them because they are completely naive!
    We watched the Caps/Rangers series. Both teams have good players. Both teams had good net minding…Rangers far better than Caps. The boys in the stripes were terrible! And sorry Rangers fans, but you DID get favored in this series.

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