Barry Trotz: “I Think It’s the Most Complete Level of Alex Ovechkin We Have Ever Seen”

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The Washington Capitals held an optional practice on Sunday afternoon at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. During the optional, coach Barry Trotz talked to the media about a variety of topics. The most notable was Alex Ovechkin. 

Outside the interview room a few players hit the ice for an optional skate.

Inside, Trotz fielded questions from the media. He had some strong words to say about the team captain. Oechkin has had a monster postseason leading the Capitals in goals with 14 and is second on the team in points with 25, just two shy of Evgeny Kuznetsov. Ovechkin’s 14 goals this postseason tie John Druce’s franchise mark that he set in 1990 for the most postseason goals in Capitals history.

“I think this is the most complete level of Ovechkin we have ever seen,” said Trotz. He’s imposing his will on other individuals.”

Ovechkin’s emotions have been well documented this postseason. When Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in Game 6 of the second round to lift the Capitals past the Penguins, you could see Ovechkin look like a weight had been lifted off his shoulders.

This series in the Stanley Cup Finals has shown Ovechkin not only celebrate the goals he scored, but the goals his teammates have scored as well. His emotions have matched the fans as both are starving for a championship. The best emotion of all was his reaction after Braden Holtby made “the save” in Game 2.

“You could probably do a documentary on all of the emotions that he’s had this series,” said Trotz.

By Michael Marzzacco

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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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