After a regular season that saw him regain his MVP form, Alex Ovechkin had a frustrating postseason as the Washington Capitals lost in seven games to the New York Rangers.
He pumped 30 shots on Henrik Lundqvist, scoring just one goal, a power-play tally back in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal. For the fourth time in his career, Ovechkin’s Capitals lost in a Game 7 on home ice. The captain has yet to reach the conference finals – and this is eighth NHL season.
Like we said: Ovechkin is frustrated. And that frustration manifested itself in a petulant postgame comment about the officiating in the series, which saw the Rangers win Game 6 without the Capitals receiving a single power play.
Via Slava Malamud of Sport-Express (in a Russian-language interview), Ovechkin said after Game 7:
“The refereeing... You understand it yourself. How can there be no penalties at all (on one team) during the playoffs?
“I am not saying there was a phone call from (the league), but someone just wanted Game 7. For the ratings. You know, the lockout, escrow, the League needs to make profit... I don't know whether the refs were predisposed against us or the League. But to not give obvious penalties (against the Capitals), while for us any little thing was immediately penalized...”