(ARLINGTON, Va.) — Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin is a two-time NHL MVP, but hasn’t been able to bring home a Stanley Cup. The Capitals were eliminated from the playoffs on Monday after the New York Rangers beat them 5-0 at home in Game 7.
Ovechkin was unhappy with the way the series was called and voiced his frustration on Tuesday when the team cleaned out their lockers.
“The refereeing…you understand it yourself. How can there be no penalties at all [on one team] during the playoffs?” Ovechkin told a reporter in Russian. “I am not saying there was a phone call from [the league], but someone just wanted Game 7. For the ratings. You know, the lockout, escrow, the league needs to make profit.”
“I don’t know whether the refs were predisposed against us or the league. But to not give obvious penalties [against the Rangers], while for us any little thing was immediately penalized,” he continued.
Despite his success in his career and also being nominated for the Hart Trophy this season, Ovechkin understands what people judge your career by, Stanley Cups.
“Nobody remember losers,” the Russian wing said Tuesday. “Everybody remember only winners.”
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