Washington lost 14 of the last 18 matches and took the penultimate place in the East. Alexander Ovechkin scored only three (2 +1) points in 10 games.
Washington is lacking veterans. Negotiations on the contract with Dainus Zubrus prolonged. If the options would not sign the agreement until 27 February, he is likely to be traded to another club ... The big problem is with the centers. Where can they find the center for Ovechkin? How can you score if nobody puts the puck on your stick?
Not understandable is the policy of chief veteran team Olaf Kolzig. This is what he said in an interview with the newspaper Washington Post: "He (Ovechkin) must remind himself that the head of the everything is defense. Because only it could win the Stanley Cup." Sasha-player docile, he began playing defence for those who supposed to do it by their position. In Washington serious problems with good defensemen, that's why the team plays defense with all five. But to play offense, forces to attack are no longer adequate. What this leads? Caps let less goals, but stopped scoring! Results of a month and a half had fallen from 4.5 to two goals average for a game.
The same Washington Post coach Glen Henlon stated : "Ovi scored one goal in seven games. Difficult to win when this guy is silent".
Dear Coach! Would you decided either Ovechkin scored or work in defensive zone. When Ovechkin scores, the team wins, even when they allow more than 40 shots on their goals per game!
Now, the team is in the style of trap, thanks to this scheme, for example, anaheim went to the Cup finals Stanley-2003. But it turns out Ovechkin is in the trap himself. Fans have launched a campaign on the Internet : Free Ovechkin! Players such as Ovechkin and Semin don't play dump and chase. And just so, unfortunately, do a great many of their teammates.
Washington Post started discussions. Kolzig, Henlon, Manager George McFee and even famous Mark Messier express their views on the not so strong play in the defence of Ovechkin, a man who which is considered a symbol of not only the club but also the city. But remember that Sasha had phenomenal December, hit everything in a row, won games almost alone, became a player the month in our newspaper. And when the team changed tactics and threw a double responsibility on him, everything went haywire.
It may be better to ask what happened not to Ovechkin, but to Coach Henlon? In fact, he is currently working on killing the hen that lays the golden eggs.
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