Capitals-Canadiens: How Will Alex Ovechkin and Caps Respond in Game Two?

April 17th, 2010 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
The nervous excitement in the city of Montreal is palpable this morning.  The surprise of the Montreal Canadiens' 3-2 overtime win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday has morphed into cautious optimism.

And why not?

The Habs were supposed to be swept in four games, right?  And, despite playing a horrible first 20 minutes last game the Habs finished strong and pulled out the victory in OT.

The focus since Thursday has clearly been on Caps superstar, Alex Ovechkin.  Questions as to why he played so poorly mixed with whispers of him not being 100 percent have been the talk du jour at press conferences.

Despite Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau telling the media hordes that Ovechkin just played a bad game and is not injured, many people are still scratching their heads.

Ovechkin too took full blame for his poor performance and said he needs to be better tonight in Game Two.

So now the stage is set: Ovechkin has to be better tonight.

He said it, his coach said it, and the media and the Canadiens expect it.  So can Ovechkin deliver?

Given his skill level and determination, I ...

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