I haven't watched many Caps games this year, and haven't seen much of this series. With that said, I don't know if this is how you guys have been using Ovechkin all season, but I noticed that Ovechkin doesn't really get the puck with speed through the neutral zone any more allowing him to back off defenses. Wasn't that when he was at his best in the past?
As for the TOI issue, I know he's a defensive liability, but I always thought he was the kind of player that needed to get a lot of minutes to get into the flow of the game and feed off of his emotions. Wouldn't putting him on the bench only feed into the negative side of that and make him play worse?
I heard somewhere earlier on though can't remember where it was that you should win or lose with your best players on the ice. I CAN'T AGREE ANY MORE, just put Ovi-Nick-Semin out there go for it. Dale if you have any common sense then do it.