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by Paul on 05/01/12 at 08:01 PM ET
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
As for Ovechkin, he says in his own inimitable style that yep, he sure would like to be playing more, but: “How I said before, you have to suck it up and play for team. Sometimes, you just have to put eye in your butt and, you know, play for everybody.”
Ovechkin’s body language, as noted in the many television shots of him stewing on the bench, suggests he is not quite as sanguine as he makes out. But with the Capitals so far avoiding yet another postseason meltdown, what is he going to say?
It’s the same for team owner Ted Leonsis. The entire resurgence of the Capitals in the last five years was built around Ovechkin. He became the NHL’s most exciting player and biggest attraction, even eclipsing Pittsburgh Penguins rival Sidney Crosby. It cannot be easy for Leonsis to see the focal point of all his marketing efforts playing a supporting role at best even if his team is finally showing some moxie in the playoffs. But, again, what can he say?
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