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Bruce Boudreau opens up on the playoff struggles of Alex Ovechkin


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Tom Banks
April 26, 2024  (7:10 PM)
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Former Alex Ovechkin coach Bruce Boudreau.
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Alex Ovechkin is one of the best players in NHL history, but he's slowed down as time has gone on, with former Coach Bruce Boudreau opening up on his struggles.

Through two games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Washington Capitals sit 0-2 against the Eastern Conference's best team in the New York Rangers. There's many reasons for that, with Washington being severely outmatched all over the ice, but it's been noticeable for Alex Ovechkin, who hasn't recorded a point in that time.
Now, former Head Coach Bruce Boudreau has addressed No. 8's struggles, giving a potential reason why he's not excelling like we are used to seeing;
"Maybe he can't do it at 38 anymore where he can't crash, bang and do it with the energy that he used to do it," Boudreau said to The Athletic.

"But he's standing still getting pucks, and when he's standing still getting pucks, the Rangers are too quick. They come at you too fast. So he doesn't have time to get out of the way."

«So, to me, he's not engaged mentally right now. He wants to be, but he's not because he's frustrated and things aren't going the way he wants them to go."

Ovechkin started 2023-24 slow, tallying just eight goals in his first 41 games before turning it all around, but in the playoffs with the entire Rangers team rolling, it's just been hard for him, with his Head Coach Spencer Carbery calling him out already in the playoffs.
Ultimately, the team may only have two games left before they are eliminated, so while it will be a small sample size, it's safe to assume that both he and the team will be disappointed with his performances, especially after what we've seen him do on the big stage before.
Source: Hockey Feed
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