Ovechkin played through hamstring, knee injuries in playoffs

Vincent De Villiers
Mai 14, 2017

The Penguins are beat up, they're exhausted (they have played more games in the last 365 days than any other team still playing in the playoffs) and as cliché as it is, it's awfully hard to repeat as Stanley Cup Champs. "I don't think we need to describe the matchup here, I think everybody knows what it is".

Fellow Russian Capitals players Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov are heading to Cologne, Germany, to play at the world championships. The Penguins won 6-2, eliminating the Capitals from the playoffs. "It's all to bounce back, to bring energy, bring Game 7 to Washington, and it worked".

"I would put Ottawa's fan base up against any one of those cities (Toronto and Montreal), any day of the week in terms of knowledge of the game and interest in the game".

The puck drops for Game 1 against Ottawa Saturday night at 7 p.m. on WPXI. "You have to sacrifice your body to get success, get the result". "No question", Trotz said.

With that mission unaccomplished, what MacLellan does next - especially with top players - is anyone's guess.

Nashville gets a chance to bolster a 1-0 lead into a 2-0 advantage in Game 2 in Anaheim on Sunday.

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Ovechkin was moved to the third line midway through the Penguins series but said that had nothing to do with the injuries. But you play through that.

No option, from firing Trotz to trading stars to blowing it all up, is entirely off the table. Another wrote: "I'll cheer when the Senators start golfing". It's pretty clear that this group didn't get it done, so what changes and how many or what level of changes, I don't know what the answer is. That's all fluff now. Ottawa Senators' Mark Stone celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the New York Rangers, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in New York. They used words like "terrible" and "awful" to describe another sour ending and the prospect of several teammates leaving.

The transient nature of Ottawa's population - which includes civil servants, political staffers and students - further complicates the team's local reach, since those who come from away bring their own allegiances that don't suddenly change to Senators red, despite Trudeau's light-hearted suggestion.

"The writing was on the wall", said Williams, a three-time Cup-winner and 2014 playoff MVP. "It's all about winning as a team".

Ovechkin confirmed to reporters on Friday that he was hampered by injuries to his knee and hamstring, none of which will require surgery, but probably still hurt a whole heck of a lot.

"After two days when you lose, it's hard to say what to expect and what we should do", Ovechkin said. "It's time take a deep breath, take some time off and get back to work". Because right now it's just a situation where you're frustrated, you're angry, you still think about the Game 7. "That was when we were just like of like, 'OK, let's give it a game, rest it, ' and it would've been fine for the next game, but that was out of my hands at that point".

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