Alex Ovechkin won’t get a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup this season, but a gold medal may help ease the pain of missing out on the silver chalice once again.
Ovechkin is currently in Russia competing in the IIHF World Championships, but even in his homeland, he cannot escape questions about another playoff disappointment.
In an interview with TSN’s Darren Dreger, Ovechkin was asked about the loss to Pittsburgh.
“It’s always hard to lose in playoffs,” Ovechkin said. “Obviously we have a pretty good team, but I think we miss something and I hope next year we’re going to take this lesson and move forward.”
As to what that “something” may be, Ovechkin seems just as stumped as the rest of us, but he remains confident in Washington’s chances of winning the Cup. The Caps’ captain said the team had “the best goalie in the league” and a “solid group of D.”
For now, however, Ovechkin’s focus remains on playing for his country. After that, then he can think about what went wrong against the Penguins.
“After those two games left, I’m going to think why we lose in Pittsburgh.”