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01-31-2013, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by BTCG View Post
That's a fair assessment... and perhaps AO feels that it's a bit unfair to place most of our failures on him.
Since the end of the 2007-2008 regular season the failures have always been on him. Even after the Pens series it was Crosby > Ovy as captain. After the Montreal series it was Ovy got his team to choke. Vancouver, pretty much the entire collapse of the Russian team was put on him.

I think Ovechkin sees a team not built to compete, with his friends all gone, and knows that the failure will be on him when they inevitably fail no matter how good he plays. McPhee is basically setting him up to be the scapegoat, intentionally or not. That probably doesn't do wonders for his drive. Would it for anybody's?

If he aces the regular season no one cares anymore, and the way the team is built it's getting harder and harder to do so. In the playoffs he still brings everything since that's a mountain he hasn't been able to climb yet and the the heat of the moment is there. Then when we fail it's inevitably on him. If we want him to claw back in the regular season we need to put together a team that can win without him, contradictory as that may sound.

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