Penguins-Capitals: Alexander Ovechkin Fails, Sidney Crosby Prevails

chris saccoContributor IMay 15, 2009

WASHINGTON - MAY 13: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins shake hands after Pittsburgh's 6-2 victory in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center May 13, 2009 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

In a decisive Game Seven, 6-2 victory, Ovechkin's mouth has finally been shut.

Hanging his head while sitting on the bench, the loud-mouth Russian forward had little to say while his team was being destroyed by the Pittsburgh Penguins. I guess his flaming stick ran out of fuel for the most important game of the season.

Aside from a huge blunder on the part of the Pens' goalie, who gave the puck up to Ovechkin behind his own net, leading to a goal. And an attempted run at Evgeni Malkin, which failed, Alex Ovechkin and his mouth were nowhere to be found.

Sidney Crosby of the Penguins on the other hand, was there in full effect. Ending the night with two goals and an assist—one of the goals resulting from a turnover by none other than Alex Ovechkin.

A series that could have ended in four games because of the lack of defense by the Capitals, who gave up seemingly unlimited scoring chances during the series. 

Being outscored by the Penguins 27 to 22 in the series, the Caps were lucky it even went to a game seven. Which can be credited to the equally irresponsible defense of the Penguins.

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Mainly, Hal Gill.

If Gill hadn't been wearing a Penguins jersey, you could swear he was playing for the Capitals. His slow footed dim witted play throughout the series led to at least eight Capitals goals.  

In the end, the Capitals came close but lost again. Last year they lost in the first round. This year they lost in the second round. Next year, maybe they'll make it to the third round, and the year after that, it might be the finals. But for now, Ovechkin can sit at home and think of new antics to amuse everyone with next season.


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