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ARLINGTON, Va. Wholesale MLB Jerseys . -- So it turns out Alex Ovechkin is not thrilled with playing less in the playoffs. Less than a week after saying it "doesnt matter" that hes been on the bench for long stretches of the Washington Capitals first-round series against the Boston Bruins, the two-time NHL MVP changed his tune a bit Tuesday, acknowledging he gets upset when hes not on the ice. But Ovechkin -- paid nearly $10 million a year as Washingtons captain and leading scorer -- added that he doesnt really have much say in the matter. "Of course, sometimes you get angry you didnt play a lot (of) minutes. And sometimes you get angry youre not out there," Ovechkin said after practice Tuesday. "But if its good for the team, you have to eat it." Ovechkin played a career playoff-low 15 minutes, 34 seconds in Game 5 of Washingtons Eastern Conference series against the Stanley Cup champion Bruins. That was after coach Dale Hunter kept Ovechkin on the bench for all but 15 seconds over the final 14 minutes of Game 4. The teams are tied at three games apiece heading into Game 7 at Boston on Wednesday night. Ovechkin has two goals and three assists for a team-high five points in the series. A day after Game 4, Ovechkin said: "It doesnt matter how many minutes I play. Of course I want to be there, but its his decision," referring to Hunter. Asked Tuesday about his changing role under Hunter, Ovechkin chuckled and replied: "My role is still to score goals. But sometimes, in different situations, he puts different guys out there. If we win, we win. If we lose, were going to lose." Hunter says that the particular circumstances of a game -- including which team is leading at the time, and which forward lines Boston has on the ice -- dictate Ovechkins minutes. "Hes a big part of the team. ... But still, you need the whole team. Come a game like this, you need the four lines and the six D and the goalie going," Hunter said. "Come playoff time, its always the surprise guys who score the big goals to win the games." Ovechkins not necessarily known for helping his team protect a lead with the sort of defensive hockey the Capitals have made an effort to turn to after year after year of go-go, aggressive, outscore-the-other-guys efforts -- and year after year of early playoff exits. The Capitals want Ovechkin on the ice when theyre trailing, hoping **** produce the sort of play he did late in Game 6, when his goal made it 3-3 before Boston wound up winning in overtime. But when theyre ahead? Hunter prefers to go with players who are more likely to block a shot or create a turnover. "Hes always been a team player. Hes understanding that, although hes our best player and our go-to guy, there are times when other guys need to go in and do it as well and chip away in order for him to come in and seal the deal," Capitals defenceman Karl Alzner said. "He understands now exactly why hes not out there at times. Its not a shock to me or anybody." NOTES: D Jeff Schultz is expected to return to Washingtons lineup, replacing John Erskine alongside Dennis Wideman, whos been on the ice for eight of Bostons 12 even-strength goals in the series. Schultz played Games 1-3, Erskine played Games 4-6. "We need to clean up our mistakes. Thats what killed us the last couple games," Schultz said. ... Sounding as confident as ever -- and little like the NHL playoff rookie that he is -- Capitals G Braden Holtby said: "You have to win certain games in order to get to the Stanley Cup, and this is going to be one of them." ... Each of the first six games of the series has been decided by one goal. Only once has either team led any game by two goals: Washington went up 2-0 in Game 5, but less than 3 minutes later, Boston cut into that lead. Wholesale NFL Jerseys . -- Drew Doughty began this season holding out for a $56 million contract from the Los Angeles Kings, demanding and getting an enormous sum for a kid with more potential
 
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