Alex Ovechkin was given a chance on Friday to explain his role on a goal scored by the Dallas Stars on Tuesday in which Stars forward Ray Whitney blew past him in the neutral zone to set up a goal by Dustin Jeffrey. The next day, Capitals coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin “quit on the play” and said he would address it with his 28-year-old captain. Ovechkin said Friday that he had not discussed the play with Oates, but made it clear he was not the only one to blame. “Be honest with you I didn’t see [Whitney] and I kind of lost position,” Ovechkin said. “It is what it is. We make lots of mistakes, not one mistake. You can’t blame one mistake on our game.” Asked if it bothered him that Oates said he quit on the play, Ovechkin replied, “It is what it is. He’s the head coach. I get the blame for it. In that moment I think everybody quit on the play.” For the record, Mikhail Grabovski, Jay Beagle, Mike Green, Dmitry Orlov and Braden Holtby were also on the ice for Jeffrey’s goal. Capitals left wing Jason Chimera said every player in the NHL has gotten caught flat-footed on goals against. “I’ve gotten caught flat-footed many times,” he said. “If you ask any player in the NHL it’s happened to everybody. Ovi has done a lot of good for us. He’s got 48 goals. He does way more for us than just that play.” Right or wrong, Chimera said that because of his superstar status Ovechkin is held to a different standard than other players.
Ovechkin: 'I think everybody quit on the play'
CSN Washington | Apr 5