Alexander Ovechkin, Like A Prehistoric Version Of Joe Namath, Guarantees Victory
Sure, the nattering nabobs of negativity might be counting out the Washington Capitals after they blew a 3-2 third period lead to the Tampa Bay Lightning last night and lose 4-3 to go down three games to none in the teams’ Eastern Conference semifinal series, but do not count among those folks one Alexander Ovechkin. Despite the hole everyone’s favorite Unfrozen Caveman Hockey Player and his team have dug themselves in the series, Ovechkin is confident the Capitals can (and will) rebound. In fact, he says the Caps are “gonna win.” Very Namath-like – although without the overabundance of bravado. And maybe ownership of a fur coat, although I wouldn’t put a fur coat being among Ovechkin’s wardrobe past him.
Anhoo, that’s some mighty big talk from a player on a team notorious for rolling over – or at least underperforming and not achieving the goals initially set forth – when the heat is on in the playoffs.
Some of Ovechkin’s post-game comments, as transcribed by Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog:
“It’s kind of situation they have two chances, they score two chances,” Ovechkin said. “Again, I think we dominate them all game. Simple as that. And they just score their chances. They play solid game on defense, Roloson played again great, but it’s not over. It is what it is. So we’re gonna fight and we’re gonna win….Again, we make mistakes, and they used two mistakes and they scored.”
Then someone asked if the series was still winnable.
“It’s not over. We don’t give up. We’re gonna win,” Ovechkin said. “I think we have all three games in our hands but we lost all three. So it’s hockey and it’s life. Again, it’s not over. They win three, we can win three.”
Only three games? Wait a sec…
(breaks out abacus, concludes it requires four games to win a best-of-seven series)
Okay, on second thought, maybe Ovechkin’s comments were not quite Namath-like, but you have to give him credit. At least Ovechkin, even if the odds are stacked against him and his teammates, has some modicum of confidence in his team. Unlike the Crown Prince of the Land of Nattering Nabobs of Negativity, Kobe Bryant.
Ovechkin says Caps dominated Game 3, will win [D.C. Sports Bog]