Alexander Ovechkin does not like to be benched.
In fact, he gets quite angry when Bruce Boudreau leaves him on the bench during critical times of the game.
You don't need me to tell you what he's saying; you can figure it out for yourself.
Ovechkin struggled last night on both ends of the ice during regulation. He couldn't get much going offensively, and his lackadaisical performance on the defensive end didn't exactly sit well with Boudreau last night.
The Washington Capitals head coach opted to send out the Brooks Laich, Joel Ward and Jason Chimera line to attempt to tie the game. Nicklas Backstrom was sent out as the extra skater when Tomas Vokoun came off the ice.
The move worked, as Backstrom netted the game-tying goal.
Oveckhin remained on the bench at the start of overtime, but finally skated out with just over three minutes to play. He eventually made a kick pass to Backstrom who netted the overtime winner.
Thankfully for Ovechkin, this game ended well or there would be a lot more controversy surrounding him and the team today.
He is the captain of this team through thick and thin. He is a competitor, and he doesn't want to be left on the bench. He wants to be on the ice in the biggest moments of every game. However, he is a professional, and he has to realize not everything is going to go his way in every game.
This move paid off for the Caps last night, and it might pay off for them again. This is a team sport, not an individual sport, and Ovechkin must realize that. If he wants to be the captain of this team, he needs to support all the players on the team.
The Capitals will handle this situation internally, and it could possibly spark Ovechkin to become more focused on the ice. He is without a doubt one of the most talented players in the game, and if he can focus himself, he will become one of the best players of all time.