Here’s the word-by-word transcript of what Alex Ovechkin had to say when meeting with reporters Wednesday morning:
Q: How are you feeling?
Q: When do you expect to come back, do you know yet?
Ovechkin: “Uh, I don’t know, maybe like five to seven days.”
Q: How much of a surprise was this for you – the decision to take this little rest?
Ovechkin: “I think right now we clinched playoff spot and right now all the organization focus about playoffs. I think right now is good time to, you know, make some rest for my body because I feel something a couple months. Right now it’s a good time to recover it and I feel good and be good in playoffs.
Q: Was it strange for you to watch a game on TV?
Ovechkin: “Yeah I was kind of surprised last night to stay in D.C. and last year when I have injuries I just travel with the team and watch the game upstairs and right now I stay home, watch games on TV and kind of strange.”
Q: Why did you stay home?
Ovechkin: “Umm. I have to work out.”
Q: Bruce referenced yesterday that you have to prepare a lot for practices or games, he said up to an hour to get ready for a practice or a game. Is that more than usual or what type of routine have you been doing lately?
Ovechkin: “I’ve been doing it, like, all year. Again it’s something I would have to recover. It was pretty hard decision to make it, but you know right now everybody focused on playoffs and everybody wants to be good in playoffs.”
Q: Did someone initiate the decision or did you say, ‘Hey maybe I should take a rest’ or did someone say to you, ‘Why don’t you take a break?’
Ovechkin: “No, it was our collective decision and we talk about probably two weeks before that and again it was pretty hard but when we win some games in a row and we feel good, we just said, ‘OK, it’s time to it right now.’
Q: Alex, did you need rest or was there a small surgery involved here?
Ovechkin: “Surgery? (joking) Yeah, I had surgery – like five-hour surgery and I was knocked out. No, it was just like a thing with … again, I think it’s good to do it right now than before playoffs.
Q: When you say this was two weeks ago that this was first brought up, could you have sat earlier, was Nicky [Backstrom]’s absence maybe why you were playing or why now as opposed two weeks ago?
Ovechkin: “No. It’s bothered me the last two months. Last two weeks we just decided to do it.”
Q: What exactly is ‘it’? You keep saying ‘it’ – what is it?
Q: Well, we are guessing.
Ovechkin: “It’s good, you know.”