Just wait for Don Cherry’s reaction to this one. With the Caps and Lightning tied at zero eight minutes into the first period, Alex Ovechkin worked his magic yet again. He picked up the puck in the neutral zone and raced up ice to face three Tampa defenders. Ovechkin sidestepped former teammate Matt Pettinger as he swooped through into Tampa Bay’s zone. Instead of going around Lukas Krajicek, Ovi ripped a wrister through Krajicek and past a stunned Mike McKenna.
Now is when Alex might have crossed a line. Instead of jumping into the wall or bear-hugging his teammates, Ovechkin placed the stick on the ice and prayed to it? That’s pretty much what it looked like.
“Me, Jose Theodore, [Nicklas] Backstrom and [Mike Green] said if I score goal, Jose tell me just put the stick on the ice and try act like it’s so hot. Backie stopped and Greenie stopped, so I have to do it myself.”
Acting as if it was hot? That’s not even creative…or cool. And if all three players had done that at the same time, the Capitals would officially been the laughing stock of the leauge. Ovechkin’s antics aren’t to the point where they are out of hand, but comparisons to Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens will surface if he keeps up his goofy behavior. Ovechkin disrespected the game and his peers by his celebration and the game does not need NFL-style celebrations.
If there is any disiplinary or financial punishment for his acts, so be it. There shouldn’t be a sliding scale…Ovechkin shouldn’t get a free pass because of who he is, but he shouldn’t be ‘made an example of” for that same reason as well. Sportsmanship shouldn’t go out the window because of a milestone (three of four seasons with 50+ goals) or because of his celebrity status. Ovechkin made a mistake, and Caps fans everywhere are praying him and another Ocho are never mentioned in the same sentence.
Finally, how about a little caption contest? Enter in what you think is going through Krajicek’s mind in this picture.