WINNIPEG, Manitoba | It could be argued that nobody shuts down Alex Ovechkin quite like Shea Weber. He started doing it at the 2010 Olympics, possibly creating the blue print for how to stop a guy once considered the most dangerous offensive force in the NHL.
So for one night – at least – Ovechkin played right wing on the Capitals’ top line, both in an effort to keep him away from Weber and get the star going a bit.
“It was a combination of both,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We wanted to get him away from Weber, plus sometimes it makes Alex go in straight lines rather than cutting into the middle, and it gets him back sort of on track.”
Ovechkin has seven goals this season to go along with seven assists. That’s good for second on the Caps but not the pace expected out of a player making $9 million this season.
Ovechkin talked about moving to the right wing not being that difficult of an adjustment. It is something that he has done before when Boudreau has looked to shake things up.
“Basically it’s almost the same situation, but it’s hard for me to get in the middle and try to make a shot right away,” Ovechkin said. “I don’t know if it’s going to be the same [in upcoming games], but we’ll see.”
The captain pointed to the defensive matchup of going up against Ryan Suter instead of Weber – “Weber and Suter is like tomato, tomäto,” Boudreau said – as the reason. He doesn’t think it forces him to cut toward the net more.
“No. I think he just try to put me away from Weber,” Ovechkin said. “I don’t know. He just decide to do that. We just try it.”