The playoffs haven’t quite gone the way Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals had expected. Despite finishing atop the Metropolitan Division, the Capitals dropped both of their home games to the Columbus Blue Jackets in their round-one matchup.
Washington now heads to Columbus staring directly at a 0-2 deficit, and despite the fact that the odds don’t appear to be in their favour, Alex Ovechkin channelled his inner Mark Messier with a bold promise to the media on Tuesday.
The always confident Alex Ovechkin: "You right now in hard position, but it’s going to be fun when we bounce back and going to tie the series and come back here and play Game 5 at home.” #Caps
— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) April 16, 2018
Alex Ovechkin repeats what he said the other night: Caps are going back to Washington for Game 5, and the series will be tied.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 17, 2018
It’s a pretty courageous statement, but teammates must appreciate their leader’s confidence after the rocky start. And after looking at the numbers, the Caps may have a decent shot at fulfilling Ovechkin’s promise — the Blue Jackets have dropped five of their last six home playoff games.
Meanwhile, Washington has won four of their last five playoff games on the road, and have come back from a 0-2 deficit in the Alex Ovechkin era before. In 2009, the two-seed Capitals defeated the seven-seed New York Rangers despite digging themselves an early hole.
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