I know the man in the crease was not his assignment, but on the replay you can clearly see down the ice what Ovechkin is actually doing. He is not covering his man at the right point.
If that play happens against say the Coyotes and that's Shane Doan in Ovie's spot, Doan hussles back as he sees the play develop and knocks the Rangers player into next week as he's shooting the puck.
I'm not expecting Ovechkin to save a goal. I'd expect him to at least keep skating and be a part of the play, and try to help out his teammates when it's clear they're scrambling down low.
You are probably right about Doan.
But I watched the clip and I watched that NYR-Was game. On that play, it looked for a second like Was had control of the puck in their zone. OV released up ice in anticipation of a pass, like he always does, and like 9 of 10 scoring forwards in the league would do. When the puck was turned over, he started back, but didn't hassle because his defensmen (his check) was even farther away than he was. When he saw how the play developed, it was too late to hassle back because he knew he was too far away to do any good. Doan would have, Datsyuk or Zetterberg would have, if only in case of a miss or a rebound. But not many other forwards would have. In this clip it looks bad, but if OV hassled the result would have been the same, it would just have looked cosmetically better.