It hurts to watch. Ovechkin’s reaction to Washington’s playoff elimination is heartbreaking

Sergey Emelyanov

Sergey Emelyanov

The Russian captain of the “capital” had no face, and then he cursed in front of reporters.

Since winning the club’s first-ever Stanley Cup in 2018, the Washington Capitals have never made it past the NHL’s first-round playoff barrier. In 2019, the Capitals finished their performance in the season, losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in the seventh match of the confrontation. And how it cut off. The following year, the Washingtons were knocked out by the New York Islanders (1-4) on the move, and last season the Capitals could not cope with the Boston Bruins (1-4).

This year, the Florida Panthers, the owner of the President’s Cup, became the rival of the capital’s team in the starting round. The best team of the regular season looked like a favorite in the series with Washington, and it is all the more offensive for the Capitals players to realize that everything in this confrontation was in their hands. After three matches, Peter Laviolette’s wards were leading in the series (2-1) and were one minute away from victory in the fourth match. But Florida, with an empty net, was able to transfer the game to overtime, where the evil genius of the metropolitan team, Carter Verage, scored.



Drama at the end of an NHL game!  Bobrovsky made the most important save and lifted Florida to a comeback
Drama at the end of an NHL game! Bobrovsky made the most important save and lifted Florida to a comeback

Washington suffered an even more severe defeat in the fifth match, during which they managed to miss a three-goal advantage. By the 25th minute, the Capitals were leading 3-0, but even this was not enough to bring the meeting to victory. And today, “Florida” was able to finish off the capital, again managing to recoup during the match. And again, the fate of the meeting was decided by overtime, where the winning goal was on the account of the same Verage. Thus, the Panthers won the playoff series for the first time since 1996. Then they reached the final, where they lost to Colorado (0-4). In the second round of the current draw, Florida will meet the winner of the Tampa-Toronto pair (3-3).



Ovechkin jumped and rushed about on the ice with happiness.  And then he was still kicked out of the NHL playoffs
Ovechkin jumped and rushed about on the ice with happiness. And then he was still kicked out of the NHL playoffs

As for Alexander Ovechkin, it was simply painful to watch his emotions after the end of the season. By the sixth match, the Russian came up with not the worst statistics – he had a five-match scoring streak, during which he scored 6 (1 + 5) points. Yes, the Russian did not have so many goals, but he constantly assisted his partners and was in the top 10 best players in the NHL playoffs in terms of the number of assists.

Alexander started today’s match with a spectacular power move against the Panthers’ leading defender Aaron Ekblad. The Canadian hockey player was forced to miss several shifts and only by the end of the first period was able to fully return to duty. But in the future, the meeting was not particularly successful for Ovechkin, and the leader of Washington failed to score with effective actions.



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A minute before the end of regular time of the meeting, the Washington hockey players managed to transfer the game to overtime. TJ Oshi became the author of the abandoned puck, and Anthony Manta and Evgeny Kuznetsov assisted him. However, the most striking and emotional reaction was noted by the 36-year-old Ovechkin, who even jumped for joy after the puck crossed the Florida goal line.

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But the Washington players managed to extend the season by only 2 minutes and 46 seconds. At the very beginning of overtime, Verage outplayed Ilya Samsonov from close range, putting an end to the season for Washington. And Ovechkin had no choice but to go to congratulate Florida goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and other Panthers players on reaching the next round.

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Then an emotional press conference took place, at which Alexander struggled to find words to explain the team’s departure from the playoffs.

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“For the fourth year in a row we were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs after winning the 2018 Stanley Cup? You saw how we played against the best team in the regular season. We had an advantage in almost every game. They pulled ahead and missed it all the time. The responsibility for this lies with all of us. On me, Backström, Osha, Carlson, on everyone. A very emotional moment for every player on the team. This is such a badassthe original used a much rougher word. – Approx. “Championship”) situation. Everyone made mistakes, I don’t want to blame one person. This is a team. All 20 guys should have been more responsible,” said the captain of the capital.




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One of the American columnists, journalist Jan Oland, wrote on his social networks that Ovechkin almost burst into tears during a press conference. For his part, one gets the feeling that Oland exaggerated the extent of the Russian striker’s disappointment a little, but in any case, it is not difficult to understand Ovechkin’s emotions. In three games in a row, his team had an advantage in the score, but each time allowed Florida to recoup and snatch strong-willed victories. Too much waste for such an important moment of the season as the playoffs. Now Alexander has only to recharge his batteries during his summer vacation and tune in to continue chasing Wayne Gretzky’s record for goals in the NHL regular season.

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