Alex Ovechkin

Ovechkin: ‘I think everybody quit on the play’


Alex Ovechkin isn’t willing to shoulder the entire blame for the play on which his coach accused him of quitting.

“It is what it is,” said the Capitals’ captain, per CSN Washington. “He’s the head coach. I get the blame for it. In that moment I think everybody quit on the play.”

Again, here’s the play, which occurred Tuesday in a 5-0 loss to Dallas:

Ovechkin said he didn’t see Ray Whitney sneaking up behind him — “I kind of lost position.”

“We make lots of mistakes, not one mistake,” he added. “You can’t blame one mistake on our game.”

Which is true.

That said, it often seems when Ovechkin makes a key defensive mistake, it’s of the glaring, head-shaking variety.

Or, as sportswriter Bruce Dowbiggin put it, “He doesn’t just quit on a play, he retires on it.”

WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Red Wings

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Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.

Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.

While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.


After healthy scratch, Severson vows to play ‘next 80 games’

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Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.

“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”

Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.

Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.

Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.

“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”