OK, Alex Ovechkin, it's your move.
Your sluggish play got coach Bruce Boudreau fired. The mean coach with the profane vocabulary is gone.
So now it is time to put up numbers and lead your team out of its morass.
The Versus pundits noted this Monday night, noting that Boudreau’s recent struggles in D.C. boiled down his inability to spark Ovechkin.
From his analysts chair, oft-fired NHL coach Mike Keenan noted that you can’t lose battles with their star players – and cited his struggle with Brett in St. Louis as an example.
For the record, Ovechkin insists he had no issue with Boudreau. “I have good relationship with him,” Ovechkin told the Washington Post. “We have good relationship right away when they bring him in.”
But he didn’t produce for Boudreau either. After scoring 50 or more goals in four of his first five NHL seasons, Ovechkin slipped to 32 last season and just eight in 22 games this season.
During a span of four recent Washington losses, Ovechkin failed to register a point. His play has been lackluster all month, dating back to his Nov. 1 benching in the final minute of a game against Anaheim.
His pouting appeared to be quite pronounced -- and very damaging to his team.
For more on this and other NHL topics, check out this story on STLToday.com.