WASHINGTON - For the Great Eight, there is nothing lucky about the number seven.
In each of the four previous playoff series Alexander Ovechkin has participated in, his Capitals have gone the full seven games. Unfortunately for them, they have lost three of those including a first round exit to the Montreal Canadiens last spring.
Now, with his Caps up 2-0 on the New York Rangers heading into Game 3 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, Ovechkin insists his team must bring a killer instinct into the World’s Most Famous Arena.
“We were in this situation two years against Pittsburgh,” Ovechkin said. “Right now we know the third win is probably the most important win. For them it is going to be a very important game and for us the same. Every game in the playoffs is important and you don’t have time to relax no matter what happens.
“I think the last couple years when we got the lead we thought the series was done. It seemed like the (other) team was a little bit calm and a little bit relaxing and they played much better than us and (won) the series.
“Right now we are staying focused. We are a different team. That kind of experience the last couple years has helped.”