Hunter Has the Clout to Bench Ovechkin

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Dale Hunter, it seems, remembers those scenes from the 2010 NHL playoffs.

The ones where time and time again, Alexander Ovechkin made a solo rush down the ice against the Montreal Canadiens, desperately trying to get his Washington Capitals back in the game. Almost every time in the last three games of that first-round series, Ovechkin ran into a wall of Habs defenders and the favoured Caps lost in seven.

When the Capitals, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, were swept in the second round of last year’s playoffs by the upstart Tampa Bay Lightning, it was a similar story. The Lightning used a superior defensive game to get the upper hand and Ovechkin used his abundant ice time to futilely try to win the game by himself. When he failed, rather than work...

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