MONTREAL -- Alex Ovechkin has 5 goals over the last four games, but he doesn't care about that. The only thing that matters is Washington winning Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Montreal Canadiens Monday at Bell Centre (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN, RDS) to avoid going back home to Washington for Game 7.
Ovechkin never has been part of a playoff series that ended before Game 7, so it's imperative to him the Capitals close this thing out tonight. Here is what Ovechkin had to say this morning:
Q: Alexander Semin was the only player not to skate this morning. Have you seen him today and is he OK?
Ovechkin: "Yeah, he's my roommate, so he's here. He's fine."
Q: Is he upset about the goal drought he's been going through in this series?
Ovechkin: "I think he's not upset about how he plays; he has a chance to score goals, you can see that. Every player who scores goals has a period of time when you can't score goals. When you score one goal all the pressure in your mind is going to be OK. Last game he had pretty good chances and he didn't score. I hope today he's going to."
Q: Was Bruce (Boudreau) calm, cool and himself yesterday? Because he was pretty hot after the game Friday.
Ovechkin: "I think everybody was pretty hot after the game. Everybody was a little bit upset and a little bit disappointed, but it's the playoffs. We got a lead, 3-1, and still didn't win the series. Last game, by the 10-minute mark, we had played terrible. It was our worst 10 minutes in a long time."
Q: You guys must feel confident coming here, given your success in Games 3 and 4 in this building?
Ovechkin: "Yeah, we love playing here. It's a great building and the pressure is not on us. When we play at home we want to show the crowd what we can do and maybe we don't get into the game and need a couple of minutes to wake up and make some good plays. Here we know it's going to be a hard time for us, but it'll be all right."
Q: Do you feel like you've unlocked some of the mysteries of the power play to get that part of the game untracked?
Ovechkin: "We know and all understand that in playoffs it's not the same as the regular season and everybody gives attention to power play, shorthanded and five-on-five. Again, we had lots of good chances, but we didn't score. That's our key to score goals in order to win the game."
Q: Your line was on the ice for both of the Canadiens' goals last game. Was it just a matter of circumstance? Or do you feel that your line didn't have a great game?
Ovechkin: "One goal was my mistake, I was too high on the blue line and didn't stay in the middle of our zone and they scored the goal. But, still, it doesn't matter whose mistake it is. If somebody makes a mistake we have to cover it."
Q: Do you know who P.K. Subban is, the young defenseman Montreal called up today?
Ovechkin: "Yeah, I've heard of him a couple of times, but have never seen him play."
Q: Every series has gone seven games in your career, so how much do you want to avoid that now?
Capitals vs. Canadiens (Getty Images)
Ovechkin: "I think it's not about me -- the whole organization wants to win this game right now and not go back to play a seventh game in Washington. It's going to be hard, but I think we can do it."
Q: Your coach is getting upset that he keeps getting asked about Mike Green not producing. The same thing happened in the playoffs last year. Is he playing different or down on himself?
Ovechkin: "No, the playoffs and the regular season are two different things and I think he is trying to play more defensive than offensive. Everybody knows we have good forwards who can score goals. What Greenie needs to do is play good defensively. I don't think he's playing bad."
Q: With a guy like Semin or a guy like Green, do you say anything to them, joke around with them or just act the same way?
Ovechkin: "No, I don't think we have to joke about it or talk about it a lot with those guys. They're professionals and they have experience and know exactly what they have to do. We just try to help them, but the most important thing right now is it's not about personal results; it's about the team results. If we win the game nobody is going to say this guy played bad and this guy played bad. If we lose the game, everybody played bad."