Ovechkin looking for some help

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

As one of the stars of the NHL's new splashy commercials, a mischievous Alexander Ovechkin orders enough food from room service to feed a cruise ship, then sends it -- and charges it -- to Sidney Crosby's hotel room.

In real life, however, Crosby is having the last laugh on Washington's Alexander the Great.

Sid the Kid's Pittsburgh Penguins, after all, are well on their way to reaching the post-season, something Ovechkin's struggling Capitals can only dream about.

As a result, Ovechkin said yesterday he would like to see Capitals management augment the team's talent base through free agency over the summer.

"We have to sign good players and I hope we do," he said yesterday. "I want to play on a good team.

"Don't get me wrong. We have good guys in this dressing room and we have a lot of fun. But the team has to get better."

In his second year in the league, Ovechkin is taking a stronger leadership role with the Caps. With the likes of Richard Zednik and Dainius Zubrus having been shipped out at the trade deadline, Ovechkin is now wearing the prestigious "A" on his jersey.

Ovechkin peppered Andrew Raycroft with five shots last night, yet could not beat the Leafs goaltender in a 3-0 loss to Toronto.

He still sits with 80 points for the season, 18 points behind Crosby.

"Of course I'd like 50 goals," said Ovechkin, who has 38. "But you can't concentrate on that.

"Coach (Glen Hanlon) told us everyone wants to be in the playoffs, but, in the position we are in, we still have to stick together and have fun. We all want to win whether we are in the playoffs or not.

"When you win, it's such a good feeling. When you lose, it feels like someone has died."


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