"You keep playing hockey, it's unbelievable".
But of course, no one was there to ask Ovechkin about Russian Federation vs.
The games in the series were mostly even throughout. A lot of their players didn't play their best games at a time in which Washington's best players, such as Ovechkin and Kuznetsov did.
Another chance for Ovechkin to improve his image, to wash away perception that he Can't Get Over the Hump, and isn't a victor, whatever those things mean.
"It's a missed opportunity and another game that's the last shot", Ovechkin said.
Russian Federation went on to lose its next game to Canada. He has generated eight goals and 15 points in 12 postseason matches this year. May. There's more important things going on.
Washington will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Conference Final. The Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in overtime last night on the road in Game 6. "But that doesn't make a difference in our main goal". The top line of Guentzel, Crosby and Hornqvist scored 24 of Pittsburgh's 42 playoff goals.
It neared its crescendo as Ovechkin flipped it back to Kuznetsov, who at this point had split two Penguins and was streaking toward the Pittsburgh net.
This was won by the Capitals and Braden Holtby was perhaps the best player of the series.
After Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night, that particular smear against the Washington Capitals' star player, their coach and the franchise itself was wiped away.
Of course, the Capitals superstar has been more of a victim of circumstance more than anything. The franchise has only reached the Cup once, getting swept by Detroit in 1998, long before Ovechkin, Holtby and Leonsis came on board.
It is very, very hard to win a professional sports championship. The Eastern Conference final will feature one of the NHL's biggest and heaviest teams (the Capitals) against one of the smallest and lightest (the Lightning).
This year, the bounces went the Capitals' way. It's worth noting he came into the series against the Penguins fresher than he had in the past two seasons.
There's also the undeniable fact that this year's Capitals team was worse than some of its predecessors. However, this time Ovechkin stepped up mightly for his team in this series.
Both teams had some good scoring chances in the second period, including the Penguins getting two in the final minute, but the Caps escaped the period still tied at 1-1.
In case you were wondering, the Caps went 1-2 against the Lightning in the regular season, although one of those losses was in overtime. Lars Eller will take Backstrom's spot on the second line.
That probably wasn't lost on Ovechkin. Kris Letang scored for the Penguins and Murray finished with 28 saves but couldn't close his legs fast enough to stop Kuznetsov's flick. "It feels great. Never been this position before and I'm looking forward to [the conference final]".
"Please score", Ovechkin said. The Penguins were hoping to improve going into another Stanley Cup run.