— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) May 1, 2012
He also told Carrera that he can do simple things to get more ice time “score goals and play safely. When you play safely the team and the coaches have trust in you.”
Dale Hunter said on MSG that because everyone on the team was playing well he was allowed to roll four lines and that limited Ovechkin’s ice time.
Hunter also quipped that the limited ice time keeps Ovechkin fresh for the power play.
In the Toronto Star, Damien Cox writes “By being less about Ovechkin, Washington is becoming more about team. Its not just Ovechkin playing a lesser role. Alex Semin (12:27) and Mike Green (18:14), too, at least when the game is one the line. Head coach Dale Hunter was a mucker, albeit a talented one, and he’s turning this team over to the muckers and grinders at decisive moments. So Beagle and Hendricks now get more ice than Ovechkin and Semin. Green used to be the kingpin of the blueline corps, but now John Carlson and Karl Alzner are.”
Corey Masisak notes at NHL.com, “Still, the Capitals have been successful. They are 4-0 in those games where he has played 17:01 or less and 0-2 in the two where he played more than 21 minutes.”
Mike Knuble said to Yahoo of the situation, “If we’re down a goal, [Ovechkin is] going to be our main guy. He’s going every other shift. If we’re up a goal, then Dale tends to lean on other guys. That’s the way it is. I guess they can talk about it this summer after the season and figure it out. But for now, it’s working, and we’re going to run with it.”