Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was blunt after the team’s disappointing 5-1 defeat to the Florida Panthers in Game 2 — and quite eager to move on and get back to D.C.
The 36-year-old got straight to the point in response to the team’s lackluster performance in Sunrise that led to Florida pouncing on its opportunities and dominating at both ends to ultimately tie the series.
“Yeah, I think we play solid first period. How I said, one minute kind of like, hard minute, you know? We give up two goals right away, but the most important thing for us is we don’t give up. We try to bounce back in the game, 2-1, and another mistake. How I said, shit happen, we move on. 1-1. How I said it’s a good scenario for us.”
Ovechkin has posted two assists through two games so far this postseason. He skated 15:53 in Game 2, leading the team with five shots and also dishing five hits.
The Capitals will not practice on Friday as they head back to the District. Washington will host Games 3 and 4 at Capital One Arena on Saturday and Monday, with Game 5 officially set for Wednesday, May 11 back at FLA Live Arena.
“We knew it was gonna be tough, long series,” Ovechkin noted. “I think now we go home… nothing we can do right now, just move on, forget about it. Doesn’t matter what the score, 1-0 or 10-0, we still lost.”