Rangers 5, Caps 0. Rangers advance to the second round.
Total ice time 19:08, 20 shifts, average 00:57, PP 03:57, shorthanded 00:45, even 14:26, 1 shot on goal, 2 attempts blocked, 2 missed, 13 hits, 1 giveaway, 1 takeaway
Dmitri Shumin of SovSport.ru talked to Ovechkin after the game:
Sasha, you will be able to help the national team?
To be honest, no one contacted me.
And if they call, will you go?
Is there still time left for adding players?
So far, yes. And for one additional player.
We just lost ... If they call or not... I can't do anything about it.
You had 13 hits in this game...
Tried to make my guys going. You need to score first. We had ton of moments. A first goals by Rangers, turned out not a lucky one for us.
Do you think that after the third goal it was worth to change a goalie?
I don't think it was Holtby. Let's first blame the goalkeeper, then the skates sharpener.
It could make the team going.
Everybody was going. What else? But we couldn't score. Look at all the scoring chances that my line and I had created. But we couldn't score. In the second period, again "3 on 2", we should've shoot, but we instead confused each other with passes. This is ruining us. I repeat, if we could've scored first, it would be a completely different game. It influenced everything. When Rangers took the lead, they began to play more defensively. Then they shot and scored secong goal on a deflection off the skate. It could be us and then Rangers had to open up.
How do you assess the officiating?
I don't think it was was a call from the top. But to make to the seventh game is important for ratings. It's the lockout, the escrow, the league needs to make money. As a result we jump our asses off.
Capitals got penalized 15 times, Rangers 5.
It's either the referees against us or the league. A lot of 100% penalties where not given the opponent, but the slightest foul from our side and we were going to the box.
Can you summarize the season in one word?
Is it true that you played the playoffs on the injections, with an injury?
Of course, there were sores. I will not talk about the injections, but there were injuries and there are injuries. There's no getting around it. See how many collisions there, a physical play. But let's put the topic about the injuries aside.
Yes, something happened. But it was not that I could not skate or play.
In the offseason, will there be changes in the Washington?
The most important thing is that we need to sign Mike Ribeiro. It will be hard without him . I don't know about Kuzya if he can come or not...
Have you talked with Kuznetsov?
Guys, I can't just say, "Evgeny, leave everything and come over here." He needs to make the right decision. Here I am not an adviser. He has his own head on his shoulders. He is a grown man, not a 17-year-old boy.
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