Alex Ovechkin spoke today about not being on the ice for the final minute last night in the Capitals 5-4 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks. Ovechkin had an overtime assist on Nicklas Backstrom’s game winning goal last night, but Boudreau said postgame he wasn’t happy with his performance and didn’t think he was going to score last night and was playing a “hunch”.
Ovechkin said today that he hadn’t talked to Bruce Boudreau yet, but said he was “pissed off” at the time to not be out there, but understands the decision. The line that was out there was the third line and Ovechkin said that line played “unbelievable” last night. Ovechkin did add that the last time he wasn’t out there at that time was when he was a little kid.
“Yeah, it’s one team and doesn’t matter how good you are or who you are”, Ovechkin added when asked if it’s important Bruce Boudreau treats him the same as everyone else, “if we want to win we have to be on the same page, everybody.”
Boudreau said he never heard what Ovechkin said on the bench when the television cameras showed Ovechkin visibly frustrated and possibly cussing, when he wasn’t put in the game for the final minute of regulation.
Capitals forward Troy Brouwer took a “maintenance day” today after pushed into the boards late in the third period last night. Brouwer has been working back from offseason right shoulder surgery and wasn’t at full strength when entering camp. Boudreau would 0nly say that he’s day to day and doesn’t know if he’ll play Friday. Source though did tell 106.7 The FAN that Troy Brouwer will likely play this weekend.
Boudreau also said Jeff Halpern would be back in the line up on Friday and there has been no decision on DJ King yet. King believes he will continue to be with the Capitals.
Mike Green came onto the ice in full pads, lasted about ten minutes and then took off his pads and watched some of it on the bench. Green said he’s still day to day and that everyday he feels a little bit better. He added that he would try and practice tomorrow in full pads and go for as long as he can.
“We’ll see, if I feel good, I’ll play”, Green said on if he’ll play on Friday in the Caps next game against the Carolina Hurricanes on the road.
The Caps forward lines today were: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Ward, Eakin-Johansson-Semin, Chimera-Laich-Knuble, Hendricks-Perreault-Halpern-King.
Listen here to what Bruce Boudreau, Alex Ovechkin, Joel Ward, Karl Alzner, Mike Knuble, DJ King and Mike Green had to say about the Ovechkin benching, accountability and much more following practice today.
Bruce Boudreau Practice Audio
Alex Ovechkin Practice Audio
Joel Ward Practice Audio
Karl Alzner Practice Audio
Mike Knuble Practice Audio
DJ King Practice Audio
Mike Green Practice Audio