WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had some strong words for his team and the core after the team was eliminated in Game 6 following a 4-3 OT loss to the Florida Panthers.
Ovechkin reflected on the Capitals’ ability to win and get it done after the group suffered its fourth consecutive first-round exit.
“Well, I think you see how we played against the best team in the regular season. We have it, but we just blow it away,” Ovechkin said of the series. “It’s on us. It’s on me, on Backy, on Osh, on Carly, it’s on everybody. Kind of a fucked up situation.”
After taking a 2-1 series lead and appearing to have control over the Presidents’ Trophy winners, Washington gave up leads in Games 4, 5 and 6 and dropped each of those decisions to lose the series, 4-2.
Looking back at the series as a whole, Ovechkin wasn’t necessarily disappointed in the team’s overall play. Ultimately, it was the missed opportunities that proved costly.
“I think we’ve been there almost every game. We got the lead and we blew it away,” Ovechkin said. “Especially like after 3-0, even the chance coming back, it was kind of hard. But as you see today, it was a huge battle. And get the lead, lose it, tie the game and you know… loss is loss.
“Mistakes from everybody, not only, not want to blame someone,” Ovechkin added. “It’s us. All 20 guys who are out there have be more responsible.”
The Great 8 finished the series with one goal and five assists. He had a point in five of six games but couldn’t get much going individually in the team’s elimination game.