Ovechkin believes Washington deserved better

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Dejected and exhausted. That’s probably the best way to describe Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin after his guarantee didn’t come true on Wednesday.

Ovechkin didn’t have much of an explanation for why the Capitals fell just short against the New York Rangers in Game 7 and in the series overall, although he did praise Henrik Lundqvist moments after Washington’s season came to a crushing end.

The tone of Ovechkin’s comments more or less parallel the reactions from teammates and head coach Barry Trotz. In short: the result stings, yet the Capitals seem happy about their efforts (and optimistic about the future).