New York Rangers forwards Rick Nash (left) and Mats Zuccarello celebrate a goal against the Washington Capitals during Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series in Washington, May 13, 2013. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
WASHINGTON - Brand new head coach.
Brand new system.
Same old Washington Capitals.
Same old playoff heartbreak.
Some might even call it a choke job, but that would be a disservice to the New York Rangers, who overcame a 2-0 series deficit and put the finishing touches on the Capitals in a 5-0 beatdown on Monday night at Verizon Center.
"It's very frustrating. That's the whole point, you're here to win the games and try to win the Cup," said Ovechkin. "Nobody is yelling at each other here. Nobody was pointing a figure that it was somebody's fault we lose the game. It's everybody's fault. It's not about one person or two people, it's about the team."
After holding court in English, Ovechkin apparently vented his frustration to Russian journalist Slava Malamud, according to his Twitter account.
"Not saying there was a phone call, but they wanted Game 7. For ratings. You know, lockout, escrow, league must make profit," Ovechkin apparently said.