The Washington Times - May 13, 2012, 12:31AM

NEW YORK | Dale Hunter didn’t need to expand any further. After the Washington Capitals’ 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, his thoughts on Alex Ovechkin were brief.

Yeah, he was good,” the Caps’ coach said.

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Ovechkin was a nonfactor, skating 25 shifts for 20:54, a minus-1 rating and two shots on net. He had just two other shots attempted and could not cash in on a quality chance from the slot.

Afterward, the pain was evident as Ovechkin sat at his locker in full uniform well after the final buzzer and the teams exchanged handshakes.

You know, it’s a great group of guys, and everybody fights and everybody work hard,” Ovechkin said. “It’s terrible feeling now. All I can say, we do our best and it’s probably best team I played. You know, group of guys and atmosphere, everybody was, it’s unbelievable to play and I hope everybody gonna stay here till next year. It’s hard.”