Don't Put This All on Alex Ovechkin

Philip SpeakeCorrespondent IApril 29, 2010

WASHINGTON - APRIL 28: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates as Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates away following the Canadiens 2-1 win in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on April 28, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Being the first #1 seed to blow a 3-1 series lead to a #8 seed is unacceptable. Hell, it is downright embarrassing.

Bruce Boudreau, Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Tomas Fleischmann, Jose Theodore, Semyon Varlamov and the rest of the gang are all to blame.

The talking heads on ESPN are all going to talk about how this proves Crosby is the superior player to Ovechkin. Great. Right now he is.

They are going to say that Ovechkin should have been a better leader, and that he shouldn't celebrate so much when he scores goals. All the talk will be about Ovechkin, since he is the best player and team captain.

Is he the next Karl Malone? No.

The next Tracy McGrady? No.

Ray Borque? Remains to be seen.

John Elway? I hope

The Capitals are a team, who ran into an extremely hot goaltender and a great defense. It takes a team to defeat a team, not one man. So tomorrow when Skip Bayless tell us all how Ovechkin is so overrated please do me a favor and laugh. Just like when he says LeBron is a bad basketball player.

Ovechkin is still very young, he did have ten points in seven games. (Should've been eleven)

His teammates let him down, plain and simple.

Mike Green proved why he was left off of the Canadian national team. I am now beginning to wonder whether or not he is a Canadian spy.

Alexander Semin played hard but just could not find the net. He had 40 goals in the regular season.

Did you watch Tomas Fleischmann in the Olympics? He was really good playing on the top line for the Czech's. Not so much in these playoffs, he was benched by his coach in game seven. He had one assist in six games.

Plus they faced a goalie, Jaroslav Halak who stopped 128 of 131 shots in the last three games.

Montreal got a quick lead and battened down the hatches.

So just remember that hockey is a team sport, that is tougher than any NBA playoff game. The puck moves so quickly and bounces so randomly that the best team may not always win. The Capitals should have won, but they did not. They can only blame themselves, all of themselves.

While Ovechkin deserves some blame, he was not the reason the Capitals lost this series.

 Blame Canada's Inhabitants, yes that you Mike Green.