Alex Ovechkin Knows That the Playoffs Are Where the Capitals Will Be Judged

November 19th, 2010 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
The NHL is closing in on the one-quarter mark of the 2010-11 season and the Washington Capitals sit atop the league standings. While this is a nice accomplishment, at the end of the day it means nothing without playoff success.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is well aware of this fact.

“Our mindset is that we have a very good team, but we have to play better in the playoffs. Just be how we play in the season—the same way,” Ovechkin told the Associated Press.

“Last year we listened to too much media and we listened too much to people. This year, we want to think about ourselves and don’t think about what people are saying about our game.”

The Capitals fell to the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs last year after winning the President’s Trophy for having the best record in the NHL.

In fact, despite finishing the past three seasons in first place at the top of the Southeast Division, Washington has moved past the first round only once since drafting Ovechkin in 2004.

Another item that Ovechkin must tune out as his team pursues playoff success are the co ...

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