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Topic - Pierre Mcguire
The Capitals' captain has six goals and four assists in his past six games. That's one way to silence the critics, at least temporarily.
Ovechkin still enjoys scoring goals, but he's no longer the kid at Christmas he used to be. The goals don't come quite as easily anymore, at least not often enough to drown out the wave of criticism around him.
"Some nights you didn't even know if he was going to come to the rink," Brouwer said. "It's tough to play alongside guys like those because you don't know what you're gonna get out of them."
When the Washington Capitals' season ended in 2010 with a stunning first-round loss to the Montreal Canadiens, general manager George McPhee faced the question. After Bruce Boudreau's run-and-gun Caps dominated the NHL for most of the regular season, it was all over in seven games. No Stanley Cup, no nothing. If the best team in franchise history can't win it all, how soon until the "window of opportunity" closes on Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and the Capitals?
It may not be an irresistible force meeting an immovable object, but it's hard to argue with NBC analyst Pierre McGuire's assertion that Alex Ovechkin vs. Zdeno Chara is a "titanic battle."
"I think the fact that Alexander Semin's not there anymore, that'll alleviate some of the internal tension that was felt in that dressing room because there were a lot of players on that team that thought he was a gross underachiever that didn't want to compete on a night-to-night basis," McGuire said in a mid-January conference call. "He's no longer there. I think that frees up Ovechkin; I think that frees up Nick Backstrom."