Alex Ovechkin had one of his strongest games of the series in Sunday’s 1-0 loss in New York, but pointed out afterwards, “We lose, so you can’t say it’s a best game.”
Through six games Ovechkin has been held to one goal, one assist and a minus-4 rating. Will Ovechkin save his best for last tonight?
This will be Ovechkin’s seventh career Game 7. Here is a look at the other six Game 7s since the Ovechkin era began in 2008:
April 27, 2008 at Washington: Flyers 3, Caps 2, OT
Ovechkin records a goal and an assist and takes nine shots on 23 shifts and 23:40 of ice time, but Joffrey Lupul’s overtime goal ends it.
April 28, 2009 at Washington: Caps 2, Rangers 1
Ovechkin has no points on five shots on 22 shifts and 21:24 of ice time but teammate Sergei Fedorov scores the game-winner to allow the Caps advance to Round 2.
May 13, 2009 at Washington: Penguins 6, Caps 2
Ovechkin scores one goal but has just three shots in 23 shifts and 22:29 of ice time as the Caps are eliminated by Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.
April 28, 2010 at Washington: Canadiens 2, Capitals 1
Ovechkin finishes with no goals and one assist, recording 10 shots on 26 shifts and 23:35 of ice time, as the Canadiens become the first eight-seed in NHL history to come back from a 3-1 series deficit.
April 25, 2012 at Boston: Caps 2, Bruins 1, OT
Ovechkin has no points on two shots, taking 23 shifts for 16:25 in ice time, but the Caps prevail on Joel Ward’s overtime winner.
May 12, 2012 at New York: Rangers 2, Capitals 1
The Rangers hold Ovechkin without a point, limiting him to two shots on 25 shifts and 20:54 of ice time. Brad Richards and Michael Del Zotto each scored goals to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead and that was too much to overcome.
Ovechkin’s totals in six career Game 7s: 2 goals, 2 assists, 31 shots, 142 shifts.