Alexander Ovechkin: The Tracy McGrady of the NHL?

Bare KnucksAnalyst IApril 21, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 15:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals looks on prior to a face off against the New York Rangers during Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington,  DC.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

While watching ESPN yesterday, there was a comparison between Alexander ‘The Great’ Ovechkin and Tracy McGrady. This was not a flattering assessment for Ovechkin by any means. In case you aren’t familiar with T-Mac, he has been an absolute flop in the playoffs, and frankly, he’s a scrub, but I’m not going to get into the Rockets ‘star.’

Currently the Washington Capitals are down two games to one to the New York Rangers.

A scoring machine in the regular season (56 goals), Alexander Ovechkin has been scoreless throughout the series. He tallied two assists in the first loss, put up a goose egg in the second game, and had two helpers last night while helping Washington get within a game. Too early to label him a choke artist? Possibly.

Like usual, I’ll play Devil’s Advocate and say no, it’s not. Ovechkin has all the talent in the world, but there are some players who just don’t have that ice running through their veins. You can go to the gym and bust your ass all day, but you simply cannot practice ‘clutch.’ Take Robert Horry for example; clutch is embedded in his DNA.

Alexander the Great pulled a Bill Belichek, sitting in on the Rangers practice. He must’ve taken something away from it seeing as he had a great game; dishing out 2 assists while leading his team to a win. [Read more...]

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