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Alex Ovechkin skates, comments on suspension

Here's a quick video of Alex Ovechkin, serving a two-game suspension for his hit on Chicago's Brian Campbell, and the Caps' scratches practicing in South Florida this morning:

Ovechkin spoke briefly afterward about the suspension, expressing his regret that Campbell got hurt but adding, "you know, it's a hockey game." Here's what the Caps winger had to say:

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 16, 2010; 1:36 PM ET
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Comments

We will still win tonight!!

Posted by: CheyenneWY | March 16, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

is it just me or has Ovi only played twice against the panthers this year?

Posted by: _stevo | March 16, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Jose is in net! Varly needs to find his game in the AHL for a couple confidence-building wins

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | March 16, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Russian Machine Never Turned Off.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 16, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

...and I thought Ivan Drago was a bad ass.

DRAGO!!!!

Posted by: CheyenneWY | March 16, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

An arena and an opposing team has never seen the fury our guys will be unleashing tonight. Let's get this win under our belt!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 16, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Downie (a repeat offender) was only fined for his "takedown" of Crosby. What is Colin Campbell thinking, when Ovechkin's "hit" had no intent to harm and Downie's move had every intention of taking Crosby out for a couple weeks. And if you are going to fine someone shortly after you fine another guy, why not disclose the fine. The system is supposed to make the sport better and prevent players from being reckless or malicious. But all I see from Colin Campbell is confusion. Or I guess a player is safe when they are from Ontario.

Check out the Burnside opinion piece on espn.com, good stuff.

Posted by: GC4Life | March 16, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Now GC, don't complain about Canadians getting the breaks, after all it is "their game" (as they constantly remind us) and we should be lucky that they even let other people around the world play it.

Posted by: ds_kelly | March 16, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Umm, no ds_kelly....the Canadians did not invent hockey so how can it be THEIR game?! Per WikiAnswers:

Drawings of hockey have been found in 4000-year-old tombs in Egypt


There are Greek statues of people playing hockey dating from around 500 BCE


Far-Eastern and South American cultures have played hockey for between 600 and 1000 years


Various rulers in the Middle Ages tried to ban some forms of "hockie"


Modern day hockey is attributed to being started in the early to mid 1800's in England


In the town of Windsor, Nova Scotia, considered one of the birthplaces of the game, a story has long circulated regarding a Colonel Hockey, stationed at the garrison on Fort Edward. The Colonel used the game to keep his troops conditioned, and the game soon adopted his name, as many referred to these workouts as "Hockey's Game." Though there is no official documentation backing either claim, timing lends credence to the Colonel's story. The British Army list, housed in the Library of Nova Scotia's General Assembly in Halifax, lists a John Hockey serving in the mid-1800s when the name of the game was adopted.


Sooooooooooo, we Americans, the Russians, the Swedes, and everyone else has just as much right to the game. Heck, if we go by the Canadian belief there really should be no one playing the game except Egyptians and Greeks!!

Posted by: PhilR | March 16, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey ds_kelly don't forget 3 of the 4 gold medal refs were Canadians, the linesman who was not was a Finn. LOL! it is "their game." LOL!

Posted by: GC4Life | March 16, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

So, PhilR, does that mean it's really a Eurotrash kind of game? Oh, wait, Egypt isn't in Europe. Oh well!

I love Ovi's statement and his heart. I refuse to buy into the NHL negative hype about him. He's a great player, and I sure as heck hope the Caps get the SC this year and make everyone shut up!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | March 16, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

dccitizen1, Guess it would be a "Meditrash" game since both countries of origin border teh Mediterranean Sea!

And agree, we are very lucky to have a player like Ovi....the guy eats, sleeps, and breathes hockey....do hope he chooses his spots a little better but wouldn't have him any other way!

Posted by: PhilR | March 16, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

PhilR, thanks for sharing. Once again proves that the Canadians have, in fact, never invented anything. And it also helps to remind them that their 'official' sport isn't hockey, it's lacrosse. But don't go telling that to Xenophoes like Bob McKenzie, Don Cherry and other Canadian sports writers.

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | March 16, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

NHL clearly out to target Ovechkin. Word has gotten down to refs. I appreciate Ovie giving them the finger back.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | March 16, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

PhilR, thanks for sharing. Once again proves that the Canadians have, in fact, never invented anything. And it also helps to remind them that their 'official' sport isn't hockey, it's lacrosse. But don't go telling that to Xenophoes like Bob McKenzie, Don Cherry and other Canadian sports writers.

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | March 16, 2010 3:07 PM


@Exile_in_Philly: Now, now, my friend, let's not go there. FTR, I am not Canadian, yet have always had a high level of respect and admiration for Canada and her people. That said, I have noticed--since just before the Olympics--an ugly side to Canada I never knew existed.

I think the real trouble is that some of the loudest voices in the Canadian Media just can't stand it that a "Rooskie" is playing their game the way that they themselves have often said it "should" be played. More unbearable is the fact that he's doing it better than any of their Golden Boys. Bottom line, I think they just don't get that the Cold War is OVER.

Anyway, I don't think its accurate to say that "Canadians have never invented anything"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cf-105_Arrow

This was one massively cool airplane, which pioneered many design elements, new materials, and manufaturing techniques that we take for granted in the aviation industry today. The engines intended for it were so powerful that, at full throttle, their sound alone could kill an unprotected person standing within 10 meters. Wow.

Also, many of the engineers who were left without jobs after the Arrow project was cancelled found work at NASA and were instrumental in the success of...you guessed it: the Apollo Project.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 16, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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