Two-time league MVP Alex Ovechkin says he was upset when he was left on the bench for the final moments of regulation in the Washington Capitals' come-from-behind 5-4 win over Anahiem.
But Ovechkin says he also understands why coach Bruce Boudreau did it.
Boudreau sent out another line - without Ovechkin - after pulling the goalie with a one-goal deficit in Tuesday night's game. The Capitals tied the score in the final minute of the third period, then won it in overtime.
Boudreau says he was playing a hunch and that it's part of a season-long theme of making everyone more accountable.
Ovechkin says he hasn't been left on the bench in such a crucial situation since he was a ''little kid.'' But he says the other players deserved to be out there because they were playing well.