-- Alex Ovechkin
insists the Washington Capitals
are not panicking and still have their full quota of confidence despite the fact Jaroslav Halak
owns them right now.
Montreal's goalie was outstanding Monday night. He made 53 saves in the Canadiens' 4-1 victory, stopping 18 shots on the power play and all eight shots that Ovechkin took to force a Game 7 back at Verizon Center on Wednesday night.
Game 7s are all Ovechkin knows about. He played in one against Philadelphia in 2008, two last season against the Rangers and Penguins, and now he'll get another one.
Ovechkin gave all the credit to Halak during his postgame press conference. Here is the transcript:
Was that all Halak in that game or did you guys misfire?
Well, there's nothing to say. You can see how we play. I think we played great and we just didn't score. It's only one guy. They just score goals and go back and leave all the pressure for their goalie. We have to find a way to score goals.
Do you think you have to say more before this Game 7 now that you're the captain?
Every time when you play hockey you want to win the game. You want to win and they want to win. They score goals and like I said, they just give all the pressure to the goalie and he makes an unbelievable job. What more can you say?
Now that you've blown a 3-1 lead with one game left to play, is there a question of confidence with this team?
No, I think we have lots of confidence. No panic, nothing. What can you do? We didn't score the goals. We had lots of chances, just didn't score.
Is this the best performance you have seen from a goalie so far in the playoffs during your career?
Well, every year we make a goalie feel unbelievable. We played against Philly and (Martin) Biron was good. (Henrik) Lundqvist was good last year and this year we just make Halak feel good. It's always about this team and we'll find a way to break it and win it. So, no panic, nothing. It's just a game.
Did the line changes help or hurt because it seemed like you guys were changing lines a lot?
No, it doesn't hurt. I think everybody had chances and you can see how we started the game. It was a great start and he just makes a couple of saves. They score on the power play and after that they scored another one, but we didn't score.
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