Ovechkin talks with media from Toronto
Q:. What's wrong with Alex Ovechkin?
Ovi: Everything is ok with Alex Ovechkin. Last night I had perfect two shots [of vodka, ok, just kidding -tj] It's great to be Alex Ovechkin.
Update: More (the transcript) from the National Post:
Is it easy for you to be happy right now, to be that buoyant guy we know that you are?
“Well, of course it’s hard to be happy when you think about the game, because we’re losing. But it’s not the end of the world. Tomorrow, we have a game. We’re going to win the game, and we’re going to be happy again.”
Everybody’s asking: And the question is ‘what’s wrong with Alex Ovechkin?’”
“Everything’s OK with Alex Ovechkin. Yeah. Everybody thinks I have to score 60 goals right now, and everybody thinks I have to have 100 points. But if I’m playing well and the team is not playing good and we’re losing, everybody says, ‘well, he’s playing well,’ and nobody’s going to say (anything) about the team. We’re not here to win the Art Ross or something. We’re here to win the big thing. I do my best. I try to score goals. I try to do what I have to do. Sometimes, I just can’t score.”
Is it hard being Alex Ovechkin sometimes, just because you do get so much attention?
“Actually, it’s fun. It’s great to be Alex Ovechkin.” (smiles)
But with all the defencemen studying you so closely …
“I love when I have attention. It would be bad if I don’t have attention. When I’m playing well, the fans start talking about it. When I’m not playing well, the fans are talking about it, and you guys are talking about it all the time. Sometimes in your career, you’re going up and down, up and down. And if you’re going down, you have to find a way to respond to it, and bounce back to that. I don’t think that I’m really down.”
Ovie, you guys came here expecting to practice today — is getting a day off maybe better for you guys mentally and physically?
“Well, of course. I think sometimes you just have to forget about hockey for a couple of hours. I know lots of guys have families here and friends. Have some dinner, lunch and be ready for tomorrow’s game.”