In the locker room after Game Two, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin spoke quietly after his team’s second consecutive loss in overtime to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Ovechkin seemed unsure how to explain the Caps latest playoff collapse.
“Obviously.. we have opportunity to finish it up and we didn’t,” Ovechkin said after tallying two power-play goals. “Two games in a row. But I think we played a solid game. We just didn’t win.”
The Capitals took an early 2-0 lead for the second consecutive game only to surrender the lead late and fall in overtime.
During that short scrum with the media, Ovechkin eventually found the same dogged perseverance and the I’m not going down like this spirit that has made him one of the NHL’s all-time greatest players.