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MONTREAL -- It would not be right to close out Game 3 without checking in with Alex Ovechkin on Jaroslav Halak. So, did he notice anything Monday night?
"I don't know about this game. I didn't see a replay if he was shaking or not," Ovechkin said. "But, you know, we scored three goals and they have to make some changes, the same as we did in the second game. It worked for us, but for them, it didn't."
"Yeah, we suck. It's the worst stretch that we've gone through," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "But you know, it happens like that. I thought we had some really good looks and good chances, but none went in, then you get frustrated. I'm sure eventually we'll get a goal on it. Maybe not this series, maybe next year or something."
Strategically, Boudreau moved Ovechkin from his usual perch along the blue line down along the half wall and deeper in the offensive zone.
"They had really taken him away. I wanted to see their reaction when he played down low," Boudreau said. "Just sort of more see how much they would take him away and how they were playing him."
"We've got lots of talented guys, so if you're in, when you get your chance, you've got to try to make the most of it," Gordon said.
He explained why he didn't pass on the 2-on-1, even though he had never scored in the postseason before and could have passed to Mike Knuble."I didn't want to waste a chance or hit a stick and went in the corner, so I wanted to get it on net. Fortunately, the rebound was there and I was able to slap it in."