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05-27-2011, 11:11 AM
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you really miss the point. ovechkin may well not have known about the choking langway's. be sure to know that once the caps made the playoffs and lost to a lower seed and then blew a two game lead to pittsburgh that he knows now. he's been fully versed. that its not just his team that blew a two game playoff lead to a lower seeded team, but that its happened to the capitals more than any other team in best of 7 series sports history. he knows it now.
when the caps had a 3-1 lead vs Montreal, the media brought it right up. he may have dismissed it then, but they lost again. you dont think he hears it the he plays for a loser franchise?
Of course he hears it but that doesn't mean he feels added pressure because of things that happened long before he joined the team. Fans and the media are the only ones who care about that kind of stuff.
Players know their own experiences and what happened in the past, whether good or bad, has no effect outside of having to deal with stupid questions from the media about them.
The answer to 'Ovie the Caps played the Rangers 25 years ago in a first round series. What effect do you think the result of that series will have on this one?' Is the same as to any question concerning things that have happened before he joined the team, no effect whatsoever. And the idea that after so many of the same dumb questions he is going to step back and say, 'hmmm maybe there is something to all this stuff from the past' and put more pressure on himself is ridiculous.
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