“Personally I Have to Be Better”: Alex Ovechkin on His Playoff Performance, Another Team Lifting the Stanley Cup, the Capitals’ First Round Exit, and More

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With the Capitals’ season officially over, the team’s players and staff gathered at MedStar Capitals Iceplex for their annual Exit Interviews, talking to the media before heading their separate ways for the summer and offseason. Always a favorite of the media, captain Alex Ovechkin gave his thoughts on the team’s first round exit, another team lifting the Stanley Cup, and more.

While he led the Caps with nine points (four goals, five assists) in the seven-game series against the Carolina Hurricanes, Ovechkin was critical of his own play, saying, “Me personally, I have to be better. If you don’t win, you don’t play well”; when asked what specifically he could do better, Ovechkin responded with “defensive play and even fight I could do better”, making fun of his fight with Carolina rookie Andrei Svechnikov. He also mentioned the Capitals have the summer to think about how to improve upon this season when they reconvene at training camp in the fall.

When asked about the Capitals’ leadership group, Ovechkin had high praise for the team’s leadership:

Ovechkin also praised the locker room as the best locker room he has ever been a part of during his 14 seasons in Washington. The Capitals’ captain was asked about his thoughts on another team (including former bench boss Barry Trotz) winning the Stanley Cup this summer, to which he responded: “To be honest, I don’t care. I wish him [Trotz] luck, I wish all the teams luck, but it sucks we won’t be there”.

With Nicklas Backtrom and Braden Holtby’s contracts expiring after next season, Ovechkin was asked about whether he would like to see that taken care of, to which the Caps’ captain responded: “I’m not a Mac [Capitals’ General Manager Brian MacLellan]”, going to say he believes the team still has a chance to win with the current group.

It was confirmed shortly after the Capitals’ loss to Carolina that Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov would be joining Team Russia for the World Championships, which Ovechkin confirmed he would joining on Monday.


About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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4 Responses to “Personally I Have to Be Better”: Alex Ovechkin on His Playoff Performance, Another Team Lifting the Stanley Cup, the Capitals’ First Round Exit, and More

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  2. SJF says:

    Not just Ovi… but EVERYBODY needs to be better! We love them anyway! Next year boys!

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