I seriously am getting tired of being the one to say it but Alex Ovechkin is turning into that guy that can lead his team to a Stanley Cup. I’m certain that you know he’s won a multitude of personal awards when it comes to scoring and points but it’s that giant silver Cup that has always eluded him. After watching him and the Washington Caps in Game Three of their series against the NY Rangers I have to believe that they have a chance to make some major advances toward that chalice.
To be completely fair I am a Rangers fan, so I’m a bit biased but it’s hard not to give credit to Washington after their 1-0 win. They pounded the Rangers on the boards. Yes the Rangers are a faster team but if you can’t use your speed and are forced to play someone else’s game you will struggle, and struggle the Rangers did.
It’s said that to win in the playoffs you need to score goals, have good goaltending and get the lucky bounce, right now the Rangers are only getting one of three. Lundqvist is giving them a chance and bailing them out of as many situations as he can but they got to stop making terrible turnovers. Keith Yandle was supposed to help the power play, it doesn’t seem like he’s done that in the playoffs, this power play was terrible tonight. In fact Yandle made a terrible turnover behind the Rangers’ net that almost led to a Caps goal if not for the work of Lundqvist to keep out the shot.
Dan Boyle has played well this year but in Game One of the series he gave the puck away in the dying moments of the game that led to Joel Ward’s game winning goal to suck the air out of the Garden. He has been less than stellar for sure in this series. Rick Nash’s magnificent season seems to be overshadowed by the fact that I can’t find him on the ice. Inconsistency is killing this team, turnovers are killing this team, being unable to convert on the power play is killing the team, hell its so bad that Jasper Fast started on the wing in Game Three. What is a coach to do?
My guess is to shake things up as best as you can. Push things back somewhat to basics however the Rangers are kinda against it right now because Ovechkin has his team flying and they’ve bought in to what Barry Trotz is selling. Not only that but Holtby is keeping his net clean along with the fact that the Rangers aren’t making him work. They are doing it to themselves. For a team that is a season removed from the Stanley Cup finals it’s time to wake up and smell the Sabrett water. I can’t stress it enough, overlook Ovechkin now at your peril, he’s bought in, he’s bringing capital punishment.