Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/27/10 at 06:54 PM ET
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
If the Capitals fail to get out of the first round after rolling through the regular season like a tornado through open plains, Ovechkin’s reputation will take a major hit. There will be some critics who start to call him a choker, and they’ll try to present viable evidence, too.
He was supposed to lead Team Russia to some kind of medal in Vancouver in February, but instead left only with tattered strings of failure hanging around his neck and a controversy after he shoved a cameraperson.
And now, in the season where he’s supposed to lead the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup, there is the potential for a first-round exit that seemed so unfathomable just a week ago. Heck, it was unfathomable just 24 hours ago.
“Tomorrow is a day one team is going to be going on vacation,” Ovechkin said, “and I don’t want to think about vacation right now.”
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