The past few days, you couldn't swing a dead cat without a review of the play of Alex Ovechkin that suggested (without using the word) that he's been a flop in his maiden playoff appearance.
To refresh one's memory, Ovechkin is 1-4-5, -3, in four games thus far (we'll leave out that he's also been credited with 26 hits in four games, which might be more hits than the Nats have so far this season).
But let's go back to another player, in another time. He, too, struggled in his maiden NHL playoff appearance...
...three games, two goals, one assist, no wins (although two games in the three-game sweep were settled in overtime).
The player?...Wayne Gretzky
The opponent?...The Philadelphia Flyers