TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Puckspeak: 3 questions with the Capitals' Mike Green

Penguins/NHL Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
By Josh Yohe
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
 

Q: Alex Ovechkin is not producing the way he historically does. How big of a factor is this in the Capitals' disappointing start?

A: You ask any player to be the same player they were years ago, and it's tough. Everyone tries to do their best. Everybody goes through rough patches. He needs to produce, just like the rest of us. That's the bottom line. I don't know if there's any added pressure on Alex. But he needs to produce just like the rest of us.

Q: Is it safe to say that your entire team, not just Ovechkin, needs to start playing better for the Capitals to turn around their fortunes after such a surprisingly bad start?

A: Oh, yeah, absolutely. It has to trickle down. Absolutely. It starts with those guys (Washington's highest-paid players), including myself. We play the most minutes. We need everyone to chip in, though. Teams are so good at shutting down top lines in the NHL right now. It makes it tough. We just need to keep working hard and find a way to turn this thing around.

Q: Even though the Capitals are off to a rough spot, you look healthier than you've been in a quite a while. Do you feel better now than you have in a while?

A: I feel good. I feel really good. It's been a while since I was able to play the game injury free. You know, it's just kind of a relief to be able to play the game the way I feel like I'm capable of. I'm feeling good. I'm trying to contribute as best as I can. I'm just working hard and playing (new coach Adam Oates') new system.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Penguins

  1. Shopping season starts up for Penguins amid onset of free agency
  2. Penguins notebook: Sheary hoping to return to organization
  3. Shopping season begins for Penguins amid onset of free agency
  4. Downie, Ehrhoff lead list of likely Penguins leaving in free agency
  5. Penguins bringing back defenseman Cole with 3-year extension
  6. Penguins intend to sign Russian winger Plotnikov, target Tikhonov
  7. Scouts think Penguins could regain luster with minor tinkering
  8. Penguins notebook: GM Rutherford seeks balance at forward
  9. Rossi: Gonchar is what Pens need
  10. No team did less than Penguins at NHL Draft
  11. Penguins deflect trade inquiries, decide to stand pat during NHL Draft