Washington Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin was cleaning out his locker this morning, fresh from his team being swept from the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning, when a reporter asked a question.
“Alex, does this mean the Russian machine has broken?”
“Russian machine never breaks, just poorly designed. Like Pinto.”
The question came days after the Capitals finished another year without getting out of the second round of the playoffs after being favored to head to the Stanley Cup finals.
The Capitals were in disarray at the Verizon Center Friday. Coach Bruce Boudreau sat in his office, cursing at a cardboard cutout of a video camera with HBO scrawled on the side. Brooks Laich was pacing around with a tire iron asking everyone within earshot if he could change their tires. General Manager George McPhee was frantically going through scouting reports, desperately searching for another four solid goaltenders under 22.
Ovechkin was asked about the poor performance of Nicklas Backstrom through the playoffs.
“Look at Sedins. Elite Swedish design,” he said. “We got Backstrom at IKEA. Difficult to put together, good for a while, but then falls apart slowly.”
Asked what he planned to do this summer, Ovechkin smiled.
“Celebrate,” he said. “In Russia, second round is glorious victory.”
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