Alex Ovechkin On The Olympics: I Still Have Pains

Alex Ovechkin Getting Back Into NHL Playing Shape. Photo by Mitchell Layton.

Alex Ovechkin Getting Back Into NHL Playing Shape. Photo by Mitchell Layton.

Fedor Fedin has finally returned, from his own self-imposed “Olympic Break,” and checks in with a new translation. This interview was conducted Thursday Night after the Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4.

Dmitri Chesnokov asked Alex Ovechkin about getting his timing back, if the Olympics are still getting him down, and what the Capitals need to do down the stretch to get ready for the playoffs. His answers are revealing. Check out the translation and Fedor’s take on it below the jump:

Dmitri Chesnokov – Was it hard for you to get your legs back to the NHL tempo after the Olympics?
Alex Ovechkin – We won tonight, but these have been some difficult days with the Olympics, and the trade deadline. But now we must fall back into place.

DC – You’re weren’t very successful tonight- still no goals.
AO – But I had some chances. How can I score every time? I failed face to face against the goalie, I hit the post, I missed an open net… Those should be goals. And a goal will happen at any time.

DC – Have you forgotten the Olympics already?
AO- Not yet. I still have pains.

DC – The Capitals have won two games and players on the third and fourth lines were the key players for victory. Why?
AO- Their rest and our Vancouver trip. They had an opportunity to be with their families, fly to a resort, lay on sunny beaches. And what you noticed shows our power as a team. If some guys can’t score, others will.

DC – Do you think the Caps will do what they did last year? You clinched a playoff spot pretty early and then slowed down. And it took a long time to play good again in the playoffs.
AO- We don’t have anything to fear. We must go out there and play. There’s only 18 games left, and the roster is ready after trades.

DC – For now on, it will be a tight calendar, games every other day. How are you going to save yourself for the playoffs?
AO- It won’t change anything. What? Do you want me to score and go to Hawaii? It’s important for us to score in every game. To have winners’ attitude going into the playoffs, not losers’.

Fedor’s Take: Ovi has a professional view on this. He wants to work day-by-day and he understands that this is the only way to have real success. He’s pretty self-critical of himself; The word I translated as “failed” could be translated as “bungled” or “spoiled”. I like the fact that he’s so revealing to the public. And he’s absolutely right when he says – “I want to be myself”. He’s himself through the good and the bad. He never blames anyone else and he understands his responsibility.

  • Kimmy

    “He’s himself through the good and the bad. He never blames anyone else and he understands his responsibility.”

    …And that’s exactly what makes Ovi such a great team captain. He never faults anyone individually and always strives for team success over his personal success.