Alex Ovechkin's ice time keeps shrinking in the playoffs, all the way down to a career-low 131/2 minutes in Game 2 of the Washington Capitals' Eastern Conference semifinal against the New York Rangers.
Seems to be working so far.
With the teams tied at a game apiece and shifting to Washington for Game 3 on Wednesday, followed by Game 4 on Saturday, a major topic of conversation is how little two-time NHL MVP Ovechkin is playing. Despite the reduced action, Washington's captain and leading scorer did manage to net the winning goal on a power play in Game 2.
"To be honest, it's not even something that we notice. We don't go down the sheet at the end of the game and say, 'How much did 'Ovi' play?' That's just not something that we do," Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner said Tuesday, a day off for Washington's players. "You know he wants to play more, and he's frustrated by not playing 20 minutes. But he doesn't care - he wants to win that game. Playing 13 minutes, he goes out and scor...