Ovie's post practice Apr. 23, 2009 (Stretch did some voodoo there, play is in the loop and w/o video at the end)
Ovechkin: Work your, you know, hard! :-)
Ovie reads Caps message board...
By Dan Rosen, NHL.com, Apr. 23, 2009:
Asked why the Caps have struggled to score in this series, Ovechkin said, "Too many good saves."
He thinks luck has something to do with it, too.
Both Ovechkin and Sergei Fedorov rang shots off the post Wednesday while the Rangers scored their goals on a deflection off Washington defenseman John Erskine and off a rebound after goalie Simeon Varlamov flubbed a knuckling shot by Chris Drury.
"We don't have luck," Ovechkin said. "We hit lots of posts. We still have many chances to score goals, especially in the last two periods, but it's the game. We had 100 percent chances to score goals and we didn't score. They had maybe 50 percent chances and they scored. Maybe it's experience for them, but it's not excuses. We realize we're a good team, but we have to show it on the ice. It's all about us right now."
The Caps are trying to use the rallying cry that they've been in this situation before and found a way out of it -- last year against Philadelphia before losing in Game 7 -- but even that is hard to do with Lundqvist on the ice.
"Last year we were playing against a team that was more about the hockey team than the goaltender," Caps forward Brooks Laich said. "This year, the goaltender is really the star of their team. The reason that they've won three out of four is he's stood on his head. Sometimes he can be in your head."
The Capitals will get one more chance to rattle Lundqvist, and they'll need all the help they can get. So, after reading all the messages by the fans, Ovechkin has one for them heading into Game 5 Friday night at Verizon Center.
"Keep your head up," he said. "We need support right now, like last year. Our fans were great all season long. Wish us well. Scream loud. That's it."
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