May 15, 2013
Jets fans can just look at Capitals to see how hard it is to win
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

Alex Ovechkin (right) and Nicklas Backstrom show their frustration near the end of their Game 7 loss to the Rangers. The Capitals have been a consistently good regular-season team with nothing to show for it over the years

Winning is hard.

It’s a phrase that Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has uttered frequently during his first two seasons on the job.

While what he was saying doesn’t exactly qualify as breaking news and is an age-old truism for those who have followed the NHL, the phrase took on more significance to me as I covered the series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers for the Sun Media chain.

When he woke up Tuesday morning, you can bet Capitals GM George McPhee was thinking exactly the same thing.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had a little different take when he met reporters on Tuesday before joining Russia for the 2013 World Men’s Hockey Championship in Finland and Sweden.

As was the case in the days leading up to the series, Ovechkin’s choice of T-shirt was speaking volumes.


WHERE THE ——— IS THE FINISH LINE was the slogan that screamed across Ovechkin’s chest.

Ovechkin denied he was sending a subliminal message


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