As for Ovechkin, McPhee is pleased with the high-priced forward who has switched this season from left wing to right. Ovechkin has only three goals — all on the power play — and was visibly seething after the loss to the Penguins.
"I really like the way Alex has played the last four games," McPhee said. "Adam is convinced that he can get him playing the way that Ovi can play, and a couple of these games are the best that we've seen him in a long time. ... He's getting a lot more chances on the right side than the left. He's a much more effective player. I like it a lot. You might disagree, but it looks a lot better to us."
Owner Ted Leonsis also noted the struggles of the goaltending and the offense on his blog Friday and added: "We have many challenges as an organization, and as a team."
"I've had some real good discussions with ownership over the last couple of days," McPhee said. "They're obviously not very happy. But they've been supportive. At times like this, ownership can pile on and make things worse or ownership can say, 'How can we help? And what can we do to make it better?' And it's been the latter. ... And I provided some options, and they provided some real clear direction, which was great.
"So that being said, if there's something I can do to help the club out, I will. But I'm not going to do anything stupid."