Ovi needs to recharge his batteries (via 25stanley.com):
This was the worst game of the series for Ovi. He tried hard, but looked out of sink with no juice left. Maybe hard hitting in these series takes it's toll on him. His defensive game was chaotic, to say the best. No wonder the coaches decided to sit him a bit in the third.
Ovechkin only played 1 minute 58 seconds in the third period, and it was unclear after the game whether the star left wing was limited in the final frame because of an injury or simply held back while Coach Dale Hunter gave more defensive-oriented players significant ice time. No other Capitals player saw less than 2:56.
Total ice time 17:01, 18 shifts, average 00:56, PP 04:06, even 12:55, 4 shots on goal, 1 attempt missed, 4 hits, 1 giveaway, 3 blocked shots
Alex Ovechkin steams in for a big hit on a big man, targeting Chara behind the net.
Caps players Alex Ovechkin, John Erskine, Braden Holtby, Brooks Laich and Karl Alzner address the media after a 2-1 Game 4 win at Verizon Center.
"The third period we play safe. It is what it is. We take this win. It was very important mentally. I feel pretty good. I think all of the guys right now feel excited about what’s going on in the locker room and in the series. I said after the first game it’s going to be a long series and you never know what’s going to happen. Step by step, game by game we’re going to take it and we’re going to try to win the series."