May 7, 2013
Rangers defenceman McDonagh getting in Ovechkin's head?
Said Caps' leading scorer looked 'tired' towards end of Game 3
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin passes the puck around New York Rangers defenCeman Ryan McDonagh (27) in the first period of Game 3 of their NHL Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference quarterfinal hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, May 6, 2013. (REUTERS)

The head games are starting to heat up.

Following Monday’s 4-3 victory by the New York Rangers, defenceman Ryan McDonagh told the New York Daily News that Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin looked “tired” on the game-winning goal in Game 3.

Ovechkin was a force through the first two games, producing a goal, an assist and 12 hits, but was held pointless and had only two shots on goal and one hit in Game 3, despite more than 22 minutes of ice time.

With so many penalties in the early going, including his own roughing minor 63 seconds into the contest, Ovechkin never really got into the flow of the game.

Although Ovechkin wasn’t one of the Capitals’ players made available to the media on Tuesday, head coach Adam Oates was quick to dismiss the notion of fatigue.

“I don’t think he was tired,” said Oates, whose Capitals took six minor penalties compared to one for the Rangers in Game 3. “I think that I didn’t do a good enough job getting him in his rhythm probably because of penalties.”


Oates decided to give his team Tuesday off, while the Rangers hit the ice at their practice facility in Greenburgh without forwards Rick Nash (maintenance) and Darroll Powe, who suffered an undisclosed injury on his second shift of the first period on Monday after taking an elbow from Capitals forward Joel Ward.

Powe missed time with a concussion earlier this season.

Rangers left-winger Ryane Clowe (undisclosed) took part in some battle drills and appears to be inching closer to a return.

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