Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin sits on the boards during a break in play. (REUTERS/Gary Cameron)
Alexander Ovechkin is embarrassed.
And he should be. The Washington Capitals winger only has three points in eight games.
“I’m standing here, I have only three points. It kind of embarrasses me, but it is what it is,” he told reporters Sunday.
The Capitals are 2-5-1 to start the abridged season, and have not seen improvement since owner Ted Leonsis addressed his concerns a week ago.
“Alex is off to a slow start … He’s having to get integrated into this new system,” Leonsis told Washington, D.C. radio station WTOP last week. “He needs to play better,” Leonsis continued. “I don’t have the answers.”
In 31 games with the KHL’s Dynamo Moscow during the recent work stoppage, Ovechkin contributed 19 goals and 21 assists, numbers his NHL organization is used to seeing him produce.
“He gets double-teamed all the time, so he has to keep moving,” Leonsis continued. “And that’s the one thing I’ve noticed: when he doesn’t have a good game, he seems to be more stationary.”
Still, at least Ovechkin has a goal. Toronto’s top winger Phil Kessel has yet to score a goal in eight games.
STOLL WON’T FACE DISCIPLINE ON FOWLER HIT
Los Angeles Kings centre Jarret Stoll will not face discipline for a cringe-worthy hit on Anaheim Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler Saturday night.
During the second period of the Kings’ 7-4 loss to the Ducks, Stoll hit Fowler from behind, sending him face first into the boards. The hit however was upstaged by Bryan Allen’s fight with Jordan Nolan.
Fowler would leave the game with an upper-body injury and did not return.
“If you saw the replay, Stoll hit him pretty good from behind,” Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau told the Orange County Register. “And I can understand why the refs didn’t call it. One was getting taken out. There’s another fight going on.
PACIORETTY RETURNS TO HABS LINEUP
Montreal Canadiens power forward Max Pacioretty took to the ice on Sunday for a warm-up skate before their game against the Ottawa Senators.
Pacioretty had an emergency appendectomy Jan. 25. He was expected to be out 3-4 weeks to recover.
This isn’t the first time Pacioretty has made a speedy recovery from a harrowing injury. On March 8, 2011, Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins checked Pacioretty into a stanchion, breaking his neck and giving him a concussion.
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier is day-to-day with a bone bruise after taking a shot off the foot Saturday in Tampa’s game against the New York Rangers … Former Montreal Canadiens enforcer Chris “Knuckles” Nilan opens up about his career in the documentary, The Last Gladiators. The film is available on demand and digital download Feb. 8 … St. Louis Blues have placed Jaroslav Halak on injured reserve with a groin injury. He will miss at least two games.