Apr. 26, 2010
Via Dan Rosen, NHL.com:
Was that all Halak in that game or did you guys misfire?
Well, there's nothing to say. You can see how we play. I think we played great and we just didn't score. It's only one guy. They just score goals and go back and leave all the pressure for their goalie. We have to find a way to score goals.
Do you think you have to say more before this Game 7 now that you're the captain?
Every time when you play hockey you want to win the game. You want to win and they want to win. They score goals and like I said, they just give all the pressure to the goalie and he makes an unbelievable job. What more can you say?
Now that you've blown a 3-1 lead with one game left to play, is there a question of confidence with this team?
No, I think we have lots of confidence. No panic, nothing. What can you do? We didn't score the goals. We had lots of chances, just didn't score.
Is this the best performance you have seen from a goalie so far in the playoffs during your career?
Well, every year we make a goalie feel unbelievable. We played against Philly and (Martin) Biron was good. (Henrik) Lundqvist was good last year and this year we just make Halak feel good. It's always about this team and we'll find a way to break it and win it. So, no panic, nothing. It's just a game.
Did the line changes help or hurt because it seemed like you guys were changing lines a lot?
No, it doesn't hurt. I think everybody had chances and you can see how we started the game. It was a great start and he just makes a couple of saves. They score on the power play and after that they scored another one, but we didn't score.
Mike Wise of Washington Post:
George McPhee, resigned to his fate, slowly walked up the stairs toward the elevator at Bell Centre at the end of the game. "We played great," Washington's general manager said. "Their goalie was just greater."
He paused, looked up, and added, "Another [expletive] Game 7."
If Halak will come up with another play like yesterday I think we screwed. It's not a year for Ovi.
MONTREAL - This time, Alex Ovechkin kept his spray of ice well clear of the kids with the Montreal Canadiens flags.
As he led his Washington Capitals onto the ice before Monday night's playoff game, Ovechkin skated hard and jammed on the brakes, but sent the snow into boards in front of his team's bench.
On Washington's last visit, the Caps' star upset some by spraying one of the two boys on skates in Montreal gear who wave Canadiens' flags beside the rink entrance near the benches.
Ovechkin said later he meant no harm and that it would give the boy something to remember.