Caps captain Alex Ovechkin addresses the media after Tuesday's practice at KCI.
AP, "OVECHKIN 'ANGRY' AT LESS PLAYING TIME BUT WINS MATTER":
ARLINGTON, Va. -- So it turns out Alex Ovechkin is not thrilled with playing less in the playoffs. Less than a week after saying it "doesn't matter" that he's been on the bench for long stretches of the Washington Capitals' first-round series against the Boston Bruins, the two-time NHL MVP changed his tune a bit Tuesday, acknowledging he gets upset when he's not on the ice.
But Ovechkin -- paid nearly $10 million a year as Washington's captain and leading scorer -- added that he doesn't really have much say in the matter. "Of course, sometimes you get angry you didn't play a lot (of) minutes. And sometimes you get angry you're not out there," Ovechkin said after practice Tuesday. "But if it's good for the team, you have to eat it."
Ovechkin played a career playoff-low 15 minutes, 34 seconds in Game 5 of Washington's Eastern Conference series against the Stanley Cup champion Bruins. That was after coach Dale Hunter kept Ovechkin on the bench for all but 15 seconds over the final 14 minutes of Game 4.