Via Capitals Insider, Katie Carrera, May 5, 2011.
Alex Ovechkin said most of the time he was hurt during this season. As usual he refused to comment what kind of injury he had. "I can’t say that," he said. "Again, it was something that was what I have almost two months. I play with it and I miss a couple games just for recovery. I think, again, the trainers do unbelievable job; they put me back in the game so I’m standing here, I’m healthy, I’m happy."
Both Katie and Tarik speculated that the injury was
... a nagging knee injury that required minor surgery and forced him to miss three games in March.I don't know where they got it from and they wouldn't say.
But Ovi kind of admitted that his pre-season training was messed up (his fitness coach Dmitri Kapitonov moved to St. Petersburg where he along with his brother was hired by St. Petersburg's SKA.)
I’m going to think about whatever I’m going to do in the summer. Maybe I’m gonna go back to my old, old coach when I was 15, 16. We’re going to see.
I’m at a time where I want to be better and better. So, I don’t want to stop finding the right way to be better. Probably [for] next year I’m going to talk to him, I’m going to call him. I’m going to talk to him and ask can I practice with them, can I be with them, because he’s probably going to be busy, too… It’s going to be new for me because I don’t want to stop. I want to keep growing up like a player, like a person too.
I think all year I just want to be ready for the playoffs and I was starting like in the middle [of] my shape and I get better for the end of the year. I feel pretty good about myself in playoffs the last months before playoffs. I don’t know if I’m going to do the same next year, but again it’s something to think about.
[About team's leadership]
Alex showed great leadership in the last two games, he was the best player.
[On Ovechkin's injuries]
He had a couple things, I don't want to say much, but that was way more serious than you would think, that's why he didn't practice much.
Picture of Ovi surrounded by reporters...