It's surprising to me how many people are defending this awful play on what turned out to be the GWG.
If this were Crosby it would be a 500 page thread about it. Something about Crosby's whiny personality that gets him more grief than he probably deserves, whereas Ovechkins allows him to get away with a lot less criticism than he deserves.
There's no need for quotes around it, he clearly gave up on this play. Even coasting from center ice he managed to get within 10 feet of the guy taking the winning shot. Can you imagine if he even skated at half speed back into his zone? He very likely could've broken up the play or at least gotten a stick on the puck to challenge the shooter.
If the Caps don't advance and people are trying to figure out what their issue is, they should just play that clip in an endless loop. Even if he gives maximum effort 95% of the time, it's the 5% that's the difference between winning and losing in the postseason. That that happened with the captain makes it even more of a joke.
EDIT: and it's not like he's scoring to make up for, which according to some people is apparently his only job?
He has 1 goal and 1 assist in 6 games. Mikael Samuelsson has 1 goal and 1 assist in 4 games, makes $6.5 million less than Ovie, and actually backchecks.