It’s a safe bet Spanish-born philosopher George Santayana was not referring to Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals when he wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Twenty-one years ago Mark Messier stood in front of cameras and microphones and guaranteed a New York Rangers victory in Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals.
And so it’s come to this, Game 7.
Alex Ovechkin talked the talk after Sunday night’s 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers.
On Wednesday night in New York he’ll need to walk the walk.
When the Capitals win without Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom contributing offensively, they are viewed as a well-balanced team capable of going the distance.