The Capitals are in town playing their first post-Olympic game tonight and that means Alexander Ovechkin will be on the ice for the first time since Russia's disappointing showing in Vancouver. Ovechkin said he wished he had been playing Sunday in the gold medal and had not had so much time off since the Russians were eliminated last week.
"It is what it is. It's life. I just want to look forward and I don't want to look at a bad situation," he said. " That experience can be a good experience too. You can see what happened in Torino. Canada lost against us and won a gold medal. We have to realize what's going on, make some changes and do what we're supposed to do.
"When you go to the Olympics, you have such a short time to realize you can do something special," Ovechkin said. "It's kind of hard but it's interesting so our mission was to go to the final and win a gold medal but it's done. Right now we have 20 games here to get ready for the playoffs."
Ovechkin also talked briefly about Ryan Miller, the reaction the Buffalo goalie should get tonight in HSBC Arena and his role in the closing ceremonies boosting Sochi's role as host of the 2014 Games. Hear Ovechkin's full comments here:
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