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#pounditMonday, May 20, 2024

Alex Ovechkin: Caps treating every game like it’s their last

Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin says that the Washington Capitals are playing with a lot of desperation, and that’s been a big reason for their recent success in the postseason.

The Caps beat the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night to take a 3-1 series lead. They’ve now won three in a row since dropping the Cup opener in Vegas and are a win away from their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

“I think we just play smart, managed the puck well, and the defense was great. For us right now, it’s like every game is the last game,” Ovechkin said after Game 4.

Ovechkin was also asked about James Neal missing a wide open net on a shot that could have given Vegas a 1-0 lead. Instead, he missed and the Caps rattled off three first period goals.

“Sometimes it’s just luck, sometimes you just need that kind of bounce,” he said.

Maybe it’s a combination of desperation and luck, but everything is going the Caps’ way.

After being one of the best players in the league for years and failing to come through in the postseason, Ovechkin is on his way to changing his legacy. The Caps just better not change their mentality.


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