NEW YORK | Alex Ovechkin denied being “tired” on the New York Rangers’ Game 3-winning goal, as Ryan McDonagh insinuated.
Asked about the Rangers defenseman’s comment, the Washington Capitals captain said “I feel normal.”
“I don’t know why he say that,” Ovechkin said Wednesday. “I think our line play well, we have solid chances but we don’t score. Of course they try to find something, if they winning they try to find somebody looks tired, somebody looks lazy, somebody looks somewhat bad. So I don’t care what he say.”
Ovechkin played 22:07 in the Caps’ 4-3 loss Monday night. The issue, coach Adam Oates said Tuesday, was more that a bevy of penalties interrupted the flow of getting Ovechkin consistent ice time.
“I don’t think he was tired,” Oates said. “I think that I didn’t do a good enough job getting him in his rhythm probably because of penalties.”
The Caps spent 10:08 of the first 28:32 short-handed. Ovechkin conceded it’s tough on him when he’s not taking regular shifts.
“You just want to get into the game, feel the ice and when you sit five, six, four minutes you kind of go out of the game,” he said. “Anyway, you just have to be sharp out there do something but do not squeeze yourself.”