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Boudreau: 'I Don't Expect It to Happen Again'

Coach Bruce Boudreau said this morning that he has spoken to Alex Ovechkin about his controversial goal celebration.

"We had a little talk," he said. "I won't say what we talked about, but we talked."

After a pause, Boudreau added: "It's the first and only time I've seen that happen in all the time I've been watching Alex. I've never seen him do a celebration like that. But I don't expect it to happen again."

Ovechkin said he was not trying to disrespect anyone or the game. He was just being himself. But he also said he's not going to change because people don't like his goal celebrations.

"Bruce asked me what I mean to do this," Ovechkin said. "I just have fun. He said people might think I don't respect different team. But I respect everybody. I don't want to show bad things. I show my thing. It was not disrespect."

"Everybody right now don't like my celebration when I score a goal and jump to the glass or do something like that," he added. "But I only do something new. It's just my thing. I was just happy that I scored 50 goals."

I'm headed to the airport to catch a flight to Raleigh. I'll check in again later.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 20, 2009; 11:22 AM ET
 
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Comments

We're happy you scored 50 goals too Ovie!

Posted by: SA-Town | March 20, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Dealt with. No worries. Congrats on #50.

Posted by: saintex | March 20, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Everybody is making such a big deal out of this... it was a 5 second celebration for 50 goals, and it wasn't aimed at enticing or embarrassing the other team. BIG deal. If hockey wants to move forward in popularity in sport, this pre-historic don cherry criticism crap needs to go.

Posted by: BondraMan | March 20, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Ovie rules. Rick "Two For the Money" Tocchet can eat puck. Tocchet probably had the Caps -1.5 last night anyway.

Posted by: EGTuna | March 20, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Hockey fans are the Catholic Church of sports...Get over it.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 20, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Caps Lightning coverage next on ESPN
(waiting at home for my car keys to arrive from being left in another time zone)

Posted by: austinsteve | March 20, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

seriously....quit busting the kid's chops and let him have a little fun. go ovie!

Posted by: spinner-33 | March 20, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

This is not the NFL (No Fun League). If its every once in awhile (big goals, etc.), let it go BB. Don Cherry can suck it.

My favorite OV celebrations to date remain unchanged: A game winner right in front of me where he jumped on the glass with me right there (I have the picture somewhere), and the Buffalo goal while they were booing him and he raised his hand to his ear to get them to boo more. That was great.

When Ovie scores the winning goal in OT for the Stanley Cup, I expect him to pull out a sharpie, sign the stick, then light it on fire with a Zippo and throw it into the stands. That would be awesome.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 20, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

ESPN covering the celebration (spoken without pro or con inflection)

"...and apparently that's a celebration, okay..."

Posted by: austinsteve | March 20, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

See you at tomorrow's tailgate Tarik.

Posted by: Section117 | March 20, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Everyone always wants to knock the person at the top. Ovie's celebrations, including last night's, are lively and funny. We love you #8! Don't change a thing.

Posted by: capsfan01 | March 20, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Man, what crappy news to wake up to. Poor Lainger. Wishing him a speedy recovery!
This team never can manage to do things the easy way, can they? Even if its not their fault.
Alright boys, rest up, come out flying tomorrow!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 20, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I was shocked, surprised, saddened and disappointed by Ov's antics last night. He showed no class. Hopefully, Ted will take him aside and tell him, in no uncertain terms, that THERE'S NO ROOM, OR TOLERANCE on the Caps, for that kind of behavior. Period!! If he wants to draw attention to himself ( In that manner, ) he should apply for a job with Ringling BrothersCircus. Because he certainly acted like a clown in this instance.
After reading his response to BB's little conversation with him, it certainly doesn't appear as though he feels the slightest bit of remorse for his actions. On the contrary. He tried to justify and defend it.
Ironically, the guy always described as, "Getting it," seems not to get it at all in this instance. Regrettably, he's validated that jerk, Don Cherry's position.
I consider myself to be as big an Ov fan as anyone else. His enthusiasm and playing intensity are unique. Yet, I found myself hoping several of the Lightning players would pound Ov a new "A" hole last night. Then, MAYBE he'd have "Gotten it."

Posted by: Puckguru | March 20, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

If please have a problem with the goal CELEBRATIONS then Screw them its fun and what HOckey needs is some Characters

Posted by: HockeyFarmer | March 20, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

You might want to roll out the

Ovie - Backstrom - Brashear

line for next Friday vs. Tampa.

That would be great...Bring it on Tocchet.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 20, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

@Puckguru

Are you asking for someone to get dirty and try to hurt him? Or are you saying get him with a clean hit? I have seen many try to get him clean, and they usually take the abuse in the end.

So what do you want? You want to hire a hit man?

Get over it...He probably wont do it again, but it's not like he took a dump on the white house steps.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 20, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I hate that some NHL and media types want to suck the personality out of Ovie. We already have "stars" in the NHL (certain Golden Boys who shall not be named) who are devoid of any personality whatsoever.

Stop making Ovie feel bad for being young and exuberant, for Christ's sake!

Posted by: JillC | March 20, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

everyone makes mistakes

as far as i'm concerned, this was one of ovi's, and i don't think he'll do it again. it's one thing if don cherry is condemning his behavior, and quite another if it's bb, and i think he realizes that. next time he hits a milestone, i expect we'll see a little more ovi (helloooo, jumping into the glass!) and a little less pre-rehearsed theatrics

Posted by: jess4caps | March 20, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Look at what you have done Don Cherry. We can't even celebrate an achievement. Look out Marty you maybe next. Sad !

Posted by: RedRocker | March 20, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

hey it was silly and stupid. but it was pretty funny. I cringed when I saw it but it was kind of funny to see.

Posted by: MNMNT | March 20, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

For the LAST time:
1) It aint the joyous jumping-into-the-glass celebrations,
2)its the premeditated look-at-me terrell owens-esque stuff LAST NITE
3) for the record, i didnt understand what the heck he was doing either, wasnt until i read the part about the "hot stick" that i saw what it was about
4) green was asked ahead of time to join in, and he said, "no way," shouildnt that tell you something?

Posted by: peabody2 | March 20, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Whatever. Ovie's incredible talent and accomplishments will be remembered long after all these silly little controversies are forgotten.

Personally, I like his spontaneous unbridled enthusiasm more than contrived, pre-arranged antics, but regardless, this guy is a breath of fresh air in the league and Tocchet, Cherry et al. need to get over it.

Posted by: capsfan26 | March 20, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

After all this commotion, I hope he does it again for every game. This is so stupid.

Posted by: ejohnsto | March 20, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Could someone please explain to me what was so offensive about Ovie's celebration last night as opposed to his jumping-against-the-glass celebrations? I much prefer his more traditional jumping celebrations, but I didn't see anything different in the spirit of the one last night? Tell me if I am missing something.

Is the controversy about his celebrating--no matter what the style? Or is the idea that what he did yesterday was offensive for some reason. Other than Don Cherry and Crosby, people have been generally amused by his joyful celebrations. So why is this one offensive?

I didn't detect anything offensive addressed against the other team in either type of celebration. The message yesterday was: "wow! I did it! It feels great. If I may say so myself I am pretty good, by God." And, there was an obvious tongue-in-cheeck undertone. He didn't give the finger to his opponents or mocked them in any way. Clearly, he is a passionate, exuberant guy, but he is not mean-spirited or boastful. So, please tell me why this celebration (and not others) seemed offensive enough for BB to reprimant him. I am really trying to understand and none of the reporters explained.

Posted by: caraveli | March 20, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I have never minded his celebrations until that one. Even taunting the Buffalo crowd with his hands at his ears was ok after how they continually treated him. If that celebration @ TB was just to irk Cherry, fine, but apparently it wasn't. It was over the top, like Terrell Owens style, but of course the intentions are different. We have to remember that he's still young and excitement may get the better part of his judgment sometimes. It's fine to have style, but again, over the top that time. I think Boudreau just wanted to put a stop to a situation that may start to get out of hand in the rest of the league's eyes.

Posted by: rh71 | March 20, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

In Ovie's defense, isn't the NHL trying to have their cake and eat it too? On one hand, you have everyone praising his humor and creativity when he put on the hat and glasses for the trick shot during all-star weekend, and on the other hand, you have a lot of the same people coming down on him because they don't like his celebrations. I know it's not the same situation, but generally they are sending conflicting messages.

Personally, I didn't care for last night's celebration, probably because I didn't understand what he was doing; I thought it was like the cadets doing pushups when Navy scores a touchdown. Generally, I think he should stay away from the choreographed stuff.

Posted by: cainoo7x | March 20, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

+1 to JillC! Exactly what you said, thank you!

Hockey fans are the Catholic Church of sports...Get over it.

Does that make Crosby an altar boy? "Hey Father Mario..."

This is a big tempest in a little teapot. Don't care for the premeditated and it was kind of stupid, but sheesh. It isn't that bad and sure as hell not worth all the fuss and energy being put into it. Let him have his fun, and I admit to having laughed my tail off at the time. Don Cherry (the Archbishop of Canterbury?) can go play in traffic.

Go Ovi! Don't change for the media clowns.

And hey guys ... Puckguru is a troll. Please do not feed the trolls.

Now, on to stuff that actually matters.

The Caps have leapfrogged New Jersey, but the Devils have three games in hand on us and play tonight, so I don't anticipate that lasting long. At the rate Boston is going, we could have a little pot of awesome brewing in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the boys in red. Picture this:

NJ overtakes Boston and ends up at #1. We overtake Boston, but don't overtake New Jersey, and end up at #2, leaving Boston the #3 seed. This is not impossible folks, they're only four behind Boston, and the Bruins are struggling. It looks incresingly likely that the 4/5 first round will be Pitt/Philly, and the only question is who gets home ice.

So, assuming that Boston, Washington, and NJ all win their first round series, the second round could be NJ versus the winner of Pitt/Philly, and the Caps vs. the Bruins - with home ice! Would that kick butt or WHAT?

So I say, forget about Carolina. Forget about Florida. Forget about Boston, even. The team's job for the rest of the season is to bust tail chasing New Jersey.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 20, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

^ I should add that I hope the speech to him doesn't curb his enthusiasm to jump against the glass or hop a few strides after a timely goal... those are great and only adds to our enjoyment as Caps fans too.

Posted by: rh71 | March 20, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

LAING?!?! NOooooooooooooOoo!
That sucks. Poor guy. I was looking forward to the next few weeks of Laing in the lineup. I'm so bummed.
I dont know what BB and Green were trying to pull last night with the "i got the wind knocked out of me" comment. I dont know about you guys, but I have 46" TV and it looked pretty obvious to me. Hopefully, its a minor thing and he wont miss any time.
Please stop putting the best guys out there with 5 minutes to go in a game thats all but over. Thats what lines 3 and 4 are there for.
killing me.

Posted by: oo7 | March 20, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

@SA-town,

Can Brash skate with crutches?

Tocchet and his NJ-mobster goons/bookies can go after OV all they want. OV is not pansy. If someone other than a giant ape goes after OV, OV can handle his own. Ask Brierre if he liked that spear.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 20, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"It looks incresingly likely that the 4/5 first round will be Pitt/Philly"

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Undoubtedly, Pittsburgh will once again deliberately tank a game or two (and we're talking about how Ovie is unsportsman like? What about Pittsburgh's "effort" last season in the final regualr season game? I'd like Don Cherry to tell me what part of that was good solid old fashioned Canadian hockey) so they don't have to face the big bad Flyers in the first round again.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 20, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm a big fan of Ovechkin's spontaneous celebrations. That bit last night does not qualify.
As for hockey: That was just the kind of broadly convincing win I hoped to see last night. Anyone else want to see some more Varlamov? Get well fast QLaing...and Green!

Posted by: redlineblue | March 20, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see Marty Brodeur cutting the mesh off his net the other day? Sickening! That crap has got to stop... ; )

Posted by: edmontoncapsfan | March 20, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I respect the game and what other players have done in the past. I also understand that most if not all of the coaches are old school, but hockey today is not like hockey of the past and the players today are definitely not like the players of the past.

Ovi did his celebration, BB dealt with it and so we move on there are 9 more games left.

Posted by: bajgirl | March 20, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"Yet, I found myself hoping several of the Lightning players would pound Ov a new "A" hole last night. Then, MAYBE he'd have "Gotten it.""

Are you really a Caps fan?

He made *Franchise History* last night. To mark the occaision, he dropped his stick for a couple of seconds and pretended like it was hot.

Get a Grip (and go back to pensblog).

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 20, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh, one thing I forgot to include in my post, under things that actually matter ....

I fail to understand how we're discussing goal celebrations when a guy we were looking forward to seeing in the lineup is now in intensive care after just one game, and another key cog is hurt. My heart goes out to Quintin Laing and his family, along wth best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery. He did good in his one game. Real good. I look forward to seeing him again next season when he's recovered.

As for Green ... I think everyone saw through the "wind knocked out of me" line. Anybody with more IQ than a block of tofu saw through that. Sure hope he's okay - if we need to sit him so that he's 100% for the playoffs, so be it. I'm not crazy about the idea - we need him - but better now than when the games REALLY count.

@RedBirdie: Not sure they can afford to do that with the bottom five being as close as they are in points. Which is worse for them, Philly or New Jersey? Who knows, though, they might. I don't know that they'll wiggle out of it without ending up with something worse.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 20, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

@SA-town,
As much as I love Ov, I'm saying that it would have been completely within protocol for several of T.B.'s players to "Jump" him, and give him a good and proper beat down. HEAR ME?!! There are more than enough Chad Johnsons, and T.O.'s in sports already. What ever happened to being content to behave with some class, instead of feeling the need to draw an inordinate amount of attention to ones' self?
The adolescent in Ov certainly showed itself last night. And, that's ok. Just as it's ok, (No! NECESSARY ) to spank your children when they misbehave, I feel it would have been similarly justifiable if Ov had received the beat down he'd earned. Get my drift?

Posted by: Puckguru | March 20, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I said this in a different thread but I feel it bares repeating:

The T.O. comparisons are not valid. T.O. celebrates like that after *every single touchdown*. This particular goal for OV was (as previously stated) the first time in franchose history that any player has ever done that. He gets a pass on a "premeditated celebration" for that.

If he was doing it for every goal, yeah, that would be a problem. The goal he scored last night wasn't "every goal."

Again, Franchise History. I feel liek I can't say this enough.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 20, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"As much as I love Ov, I'm saying that it would have been completely within protocol for several of T.B.'s players to "Jump" him, and give him a good and proper beat down. HEAR ME?!!"

You don't think it's weird that you are simutanteously chidind OV for being "Classless"...yet advocating a "beat down?"

Is this really not a disconenct for you?

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 20, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

@Puckguru

Fine..then jump him...and they will all lose pay and sit out the rest of the season...

Ovie wants to be more then a Jeff Carter, Steve Yzerman run of the mill player. He wants to be a figure and a celeb, and he isnt going after the hockey fans, he is trying to attract the non-hockey fans...And the non-hockey fans are about 99% of the population.

So if you dont like it, you are outnumbered...I am a big hockey fan, but I have an open mind and dont think that this act is something that should get someone jumped and beaten.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 20, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

@kittypawz

I feel the same way about Laing and Green, and I am especially keeping Laing in my thoughts today. But that doesn't make Ovie's goal celebration an invalid topic of discussion; it's being discussed in the media already and obviously a lot of folks have strong opinions about it. And there are other discussion threads about Laing and Green elsewhere on the blog, so it's not like they're being ignored.

Posted by: capsfan26 | March 20, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

To those Caps fans who are now Ovie bashers; f-you. If you have ever complained about hockey being the redheaded stepchild of sports, about the nhl being relegated to versus, about wapo neglecting the caps etc... you can not complain. This is entertainment. People like showmen, the NFL has it, the NBA has it and even MLB. Its not the only reason the NHL is not up there with those 3, but its one reason.

So here I am saying that I want to see the NHL back on ESPN several times a week, I want to see Sports Center talk about hockey like its a real sport. And that I hope Ovie does something like this again. And to all the haters, go watch the PGA tour.

Posted by: CapCup | March 20, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

As soon as it happened I knew everyone was gonna whine about it. So many square people out there.

I loved it. It was his 50th goal of the season so he wanted to do something special. As far as I'm concerned when anyone scores 50 in today's NHL they can celebrate it any way they please.

Also, knowing Ovie that was a special for Mr. Cherry. Ovie was basically saying, "Suck it, Don!"

P.S. I'm disappointed the Bruce had a problem with it. One of the reasons I really like him is because he seems like a cool guy that understands that hockey is a game and usually doesn't take things too seriously.

Posted by: ranndino | March 20, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

This kind of plays into the Catholic Church argument, but the lack of over-the-top celebrations is part of what makes hockey hockey and not football or soccer. Having superior sportsmanship for a lack of silly dances in the same game that condones fighting is part of the complex character of hockey that we love, and are afraid to see go by the wayside as the sport grows in popularity with exciting stars like Ovechkin.

Posted by: Aerocraft67 | March 20, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Please someone bring a sign for Tocchet next week...

"Rick - Put me down for the Caps -1.5 for $2000!"

Posted by: SA-Town | March 20, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

@capsfan26: Yes, a lot of people have strong opinions. I have one too, and my strong opinion is that mountains are being made out of molehills. :) As far as I'm concerned, BB dealt with it, it won't happen again, and it's all good. Don Cherry can go have apoplexy. I hope he wears a purple suit. :) I just don't think it warrants the amount of energy being poured into it.

Congrats on #50, Ovi.

You know who hasn't been brought up at all? Brian Pothier. Anybody notice him last night? I didn't either until I started looking for him. Pulled close to 19 minutes TOI and had a +1 on the night, no glaring mistakes and a couple of really smart/sneaky puck decisions. Welcome back Potsy.

No, the D wasn't as good last night as it was on Tuesday, but then the Bolts at least had a pulse. Jury's out on the Panthers; they had no life whatsoever.

And how about Stamkos? Boy does NOT get enough credit. He's going to be good. Very good. The Bolts are lucky Melrose didn't ruin him.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 20, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Would have been better if Alex rubbed two hockey sticks together to make fire. Do you think that Alex's hot stick is causing the home ice to be really bad?

Posted by: larryn703 | March 20, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

One more thing I'll say for those who are criticizing Ovie.

You've been stuck in cubicles and brainwashed by the corporate culture for way too long. You never do what you want, but what is "appropriate". You always think 10 times before you do or say something because you're wondering whether it's "appropriate". I pity you. You lead very sad lives. Even your kids have their lives scheduled out like a freaking CEO.

Not everyone has to be a part of the grey mass of drones. Ovie certainly isn't and I applaud him for it. Keep being yourself, Ovie!

I want to be the minority
I dont need your authority
Down with the moral majority
cause I want to be the minority

I pledge allegiance to the underworld
One nation under dog
There of which I stand alone
A face in the crowd
Unsung, against the mold
Without a doubt
Singled out
The only way I know

Posted by: ranndino | March 20, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The NBA has just banned all dunks on breakaways.

You must now do a simple finger roll lay-up, or risk being "run," and "beaten" by the opposing team.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 20, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

@kittypawz

I agree it's not that big a deal, which is why I started my original post with "Whatever" and called the controversy "silly." :)

You're right about Pothier. Not once did I yell his name in frustration while fighting the urge to hurl something at my TV. The way our D has been playing the past few weeks, that's about the best I've been able to hope for.

Posted by: capsfan26 | March 20, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

For all the TO haters, we all loved the celebration where he hide behind the goal post and mocked Belichick by "rolling the camera" and spying on the opposing sidelines. HILARIOUS

Posted by: NFeKPo | March 20, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I didn't mind the celebration--I still think Jose & Friends did it to see if ovie would make a fool of himself and can't wait to see what Don Cherry says--and I work in a cubicle (hello paycheck!), so ranndino, I think your logic is a little off there. And seriously, quoting Green Day as some sort of deep and profound example of non-conformity? Really? I like Green Day, too, but let's be honest, that was quite lame. Have you seen the drones that shwo up fro Green Day concerts?

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 20, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of T.O...He is a big Ovie fan and will be at next Fridays game with Pac-Man Jones.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 20, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

People need to put the high-beams on, it is not longer last nights celebration you need to worry about, it is the immitators making the circus antic celebration part of the hockey game.
I hope the NHL puts a stop before it is too late, I would hate for hockey to become like other sports a highlight of clowns instead of good plays.

Posted by: opita1 | March 20, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I'm really surprised that people are even talking about this today. With comments like "I was shocked, surprised, saddened and disappointed by Ov's antics last night." Dude, are you being serious? It must not take much to shock, surprise, sadden, and disappoint you. Is it really that big of a deal? Congrats Ovie, and thanks for making the sport more exciting to watch.

Posted by: thegeester | March 20, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

The League-owned NHL Network celebrated right along with Ovi last night during a phone interview on OTF. The league clearly likes it, and frankly I don't think more then a handful of other players/coaches mind either -- witness the complete lack of "runs" taken at Ovi over the years.
Either opposing players fear for their own lives or they just don't care. The proof is in the pudding.

Posted by: brooklyncapsfan | March 20, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

a green day quote?

Posted by: _stevo | March 20, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

End of discussion: OV went too far, it wasn't malicious or overly egomaniacal like TO but it was too much, not simply spontaneous exuberance, and a little lame. Yes hockey has a class element that other sports lack, and that should be kept. Cherry and other OV detractors are fools, since 99% of the hockey world knows that OV is the real deal and acts out of love for the game.

But last night was a mistake, he went too far, big deal, just don't bring that stuff anymore, keep it pure...

Move on

Posted by: capsfan7 | March 20, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

NHL is full of young, exciting kids. Stop trying to make them into suits and let them be. You want the league to catch fire with the young crowd? Let them act in the way that people who are under-50 can actually relate to!

One of the reasons extreme sports are so popular among kids is because they can relate to the athletes. The NHL needs a complete attitude make over. Get rid of the square garbage and make hockey what it should be - the most exciting game on earth.

And for all the idiots offended by this, FU! Like someone said switch to the Golf Channel and lit up a cigar. Hockey is obviously not a sport for you.

As for Rick Tocchet, he's offended by the celebration? Is that the same guy who was part of a criminal investigation? Screw you, Rick? You wanna do something about it? Why wait till the next game? This happened in the 1st period. I didn't see anyone on the Lightning do a thing about it.

Posted by: ranndino | March 20, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

yeah, gotta say I'm a bit more concerned about Laing's health, and whatever strange injury Green suffered but isn't being discussed.

That, and I'm deeply concerned over that fact that Locker used "cereberal" TWICE during the broadcast. What the heck is the word of the day on Saturday, and should I be scared?

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 20, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Tocchet should worry about his crappy team getting their ass handed to them AGAIN. What's that now 9 or 10 in a row losses to the Caps?

Posted by: ranndino | March 20, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Responding to all the recent posts..

WHATTT?!?!?! Laing is injured? He looked so good too. Maybe too good and thats why he injured himself.

Green. What can I say. Just our luck.

OV. Like I said, i didnt like it, and i never liked a handful of his celebrations. But do I care? No. He has 50 goals. I sure as hell don't. It is the "Ranger's Approach" to Sean Avery.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 20, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I imagine that most of the negative attention this celebration has gotten is coming from people who aren't Caps fans. It's gotta make other team's fans upset (and probably jealous) that they don't own the greatest player in the world, and this is their way of venting. Sorry about your luck everyone else, Ovie wears a Caps jersey. I look forward to more Ovie goals, and more Ovie theatrics.

Posted by: thegeester | March 20, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

@ capsfan7


Ovie didnt go to far and you stink.

Posted by: CapCup | March 20, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I really ought to read these comments more often. Some of you folks are pretty darn entertaining, whether you intend to be or not. ;)

Posted by: capsfan26 | March 20, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

bottom line:

"I was just happy that I scored 50 goals."

parise is close, but someone else might not even get 50 this year except him.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 20, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

NHL is full of young, exciting kids. Stop trying to make them into suits and let them be. You want the league to catch fire with the young crowd? Let them act in the way that people who are under-50 can actually relate to!...
Posted by: ranndino | March 20, 2009 1:02 PM

Funny, my mom is in the over-50 crowd and loves Ovie. Not loving Nickey's Swede-fro, though.

you have some anger issues, you know that? That, and the green day quote, make me think you're either some high school kid skipping out of school today, or from Pittsburgh. but since you're not insulting Ovie, that means you're not a flightless fowl fan, so that leaves us with the high school student option.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 20, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I love Ovechkin's game and his enthusiasm. I do not love planned stunts that take focus away from the team and shine it on one player. The type of thing belongs in the All Star game, not the regular season. It is not that big a deal really, hopefully it will not happen again.

People need to understand this may lead to problems. Some players take offense to this type of things and some players are not above using any excuse they can to take cheap shots at other players. The Caps do not need that, especially with the only real fighter on the team injured. Say what you will about this, but if I were playing and I thought a player from the other team tried to embarrass my team or my goalie I would make sure to look for them every shift. To me it is not worth the risk, right or wrong. Focus on the teams goals, not your own.

Posted by: overhead | March 20, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Responding to all the recent posts..

WHATTT?!?!?! Laing is injured? He looked so good too. Maybe too good and thats why he injured himself.

Green. What can I say. Just our luck.

OV. Like I said, i didnt like it, and i never liked a handful of his celebrations. But do I care? No. He has 50 goals. I sure as hell don't. It is the "Ranger's Approach" to Sean Avery.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 20, 2009 1:05 PM

Tarik has several update on laing, but the short version is her tore his spleen last night and is now in the ICU in Florida. His season is over :(

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 20, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

If someone took a cheapshot, ala Bertuzzi, they will never play in the NHL again.

Ovie will just have to man up and fight the guy who wants him, if someone wants him. not a big deal, iginla, vinny, et all can hold their own and score too.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 20, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to explain to Ovechkin the difference between a spontaneous expression of joy at scoring and a planned celebration routine. He's smart enough to get that. That nonsense last night was embarrassing.

Posted by: poguesmahone | March 20, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

To those Caps fans who are now Ovie bashers; f-you. If you have ever complained about hockey being the redheaded stepchild of sports, about the nhl being relegated to versus, about wapo neglecting the caps etc... you can not complain. This is entertainment. People like showmen, the NFL has it, the NBA has it and even MLB. Its not the only reason the NHL is not up there with those 3, but its one reason.

So here I am saying that I want to see the NHL back on ESPN several times a week, I want to see Sports Center talk about hockey like its a real sport. And that I hope Ovie does something like this again. And to all the haters, go watch the PGA tour.

Posted by: CapCup | March 20, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, a lot of you people who call yourselves caps fans make me sick. When I was watching the game I knew exactly what he was doing- his stick was too hot to touch! Like others have said, it was a 5 second celebration, it was about HIM not his opponent, and really it was not a big deal at all, especially when he is the best player in the world he deserves to have a silly moment on the ice if thats how he wants to celebrate such a great accomplishment. I completely agree with thegeester
It's gotta make other team's fans upset (and probably jealous) that they don't own the greatest player in the world, and this is their way of venting. Sorry about your luck everyone else, Ovie wears a Caps jersey. I look forward to more Ovie goals, and more Ovie theatrics.

OV FOR KING OF THE WORLD

Posted by: apollak8 | March 20, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

The fact is Don Cherry didn't like the celebrations most here say they have no problem with. (The hand to the ear, the dogpile, the jumping against the glass). Now, the Pens do the dogpile and the jumping against the glass, so it's now it's acceptable. BB talked to him and the way I read between the lines on OV's broken English (which is way better than my Russian by the way) is that he will still be showing emotion when he scores. I am confident that he understands that he may have crossed a line, and he won't do it again. I expect some air on his next jump into the boards when he scores next though.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 20, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

@RichmondPhil

Call me crazy, but I would prefer not the have Ovie off the ice for any 5 minutes of any game and I certainly would prefer he not risk injury by fighting. Heck, the guys that fight on a regular basis even end up with wrist and hand injuries from it. It is all just not worth it.

Personally I was not even talking about cheap shots. It does not take a cheap shot to put a guy out of a game. He gets enough attention as it is.

Posted by: overhead | March 20, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Great point CapCup. Quite the contrary stance taken up by people here.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 20, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

if you thought OV's celebration was over the top, check out these celebrations...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjbS-BFrFSA

numbers 5 through 1 are the best!

Posted by: CapitalIdea | March 20, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

He's fought before. He got whipped, but he has fought.

If someone ran Ovie, i would hope our team had enough balls to dole out the retribution.


in other news, is crosby not the sissiest in the NHL anymore?

Mark Madden -


Bruins center Marc Savard taunted Crosby after a Boston goal, and the taunting continued until both players neared their benches. Crosby challenged Savard to fight, and Savard responded: "Take off that [sissy] shield, and I'll be glad to."

So Crosby handed his helmet to equipment manager Dana Heinze and told him to remove the visor. Crosby took the ice for his next shift sans shield but Savard backed down, thereby looking like the [sissy] he accused Crosby of being.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 20, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

CapCup, you can't spell so you're a moron.

If that happened with someone on another team, especially against us, we'd all call it lame.

Big deal. Acknowledge it.

You think Boudreau would speak to him about it if it wasn't over the line? Is Boudreau out of line?

Posted by: capsfan7 | March 20, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Alex Semin was asked about Ovie's 50th goal and celebration, and this is what he said.

"What's so special about [Ovechkin]? I don't see anything special there. Yes, he does skate well, has a good head, good pass. But there's nothing else. Even if you compare him to Sidney Crosby from Pittsburgh ... [Crosby] is a much more interesting player."

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Sorry I had too.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 20, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Greenie spoiled the whole skit by not doing his part.

What if Ovie scores the goal, drops the stick, pumps his fist, goes to the bench. Then Green goes to fetch the stick from the ice. Picks it up, drops it. Waves his hands in the air, blows on them (too hot). And then - Ovie has to come back on the ice & get the stick.

Now that's theater! Wait...wait... how about a fire extinguisher...

Posted by: KlayKey | March 20, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

@ Everyone who disagrees with Ovechkin's celebration:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjbS-BFrFSA

Do #6 (Theo Fleury) and #1 (Dave Williams)even compare to OV's celebration last night?

Give me a break.

Posted by: freakinjoe35 | March 20, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"Tiger" did it on purpose to upset the other team. He was a fighter and was always trying to get under the other teams skin. You think Avery is bad, he is nothing compared to Tiger. Of course Tiger wanted to fight.

Posted by: overhead | March 20, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Alex Semin was asked about Ovie's 50th goal and celebration, and this is what he said.

"What's so special about [Ovechkin]? I don't see anything special there. Yes, he does skate well, has a good head, good pass. But there's nothing else. Even if you compare him to Sidney Crosby from Pittsburgh ... [Crosby] is a much more interesting player."

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Sorry I had too.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 20, 2009 1:20 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

Posted by: apollak8 | March 20, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

@freakinjoe35
Thanks for the link. My favorites are Bossy and Hejduk.

Posted by: KlayKey | March 20, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Love the jumping into the glass. Forget Cherry - it's all class and enthusiasm. Hated the hot stick. It was cheesy. I hope we don't see anything like that again.

Posted by: TBDog | March 20, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, am I the only one who thinks QL being down is a bigger hit than anyone realizes? Our PK sucks and he is the kind of player we need on the PK (one who wins faceoffs & blocks shots). Some players need to step up and take sacrifices on the PK. When was the last time you ever saw a player go down to block a shot who isn't named Laing? I was really hoping he'd be around for the run. Oh well, moving on. Get well soon.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 20, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of goal celebrations my favorite here's my favorite one of all time and yes, it comes from soccer. It's my favorite one because it's hilarious.

First some quick background. If anyone knows anything about English football Liverpool vs. Everton is one of the most heated rivalries in all of sports (Everton is also based in Liverpool).

Liverpool's Robbie Fowler was being given crap all game long by Everton fans chanting about his supposed coke habit, so when he scored against them he proceeded to celebrate it like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYEMa465re0

Brilliant!

Cost him a suspension for a few games and a fine, but was well worth it in my opinion.

Posted by: ranndino | March 20, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Bruce's schtick is wearing thin on me, and I suspect on the players as well...OV will be celebrating many goals in many different ways, but I doubt Bruce's career in DC lasts much longer than another year at best...his future will be in question when they go out in the first round again, for sure...

Posted by: soloman5000 | March 20, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

This is so funny to me...ALL YOU SO CALLED HOCKEY FANS that are complaining should grow up...A) Its not 1935 anymore. His celebration wasn't even that bad. And its not going to change the face of the game. The game will still be the same, still be played the same, but with a new excitement

B) A couple years ago when teams around the league were having a hard time putting fans in the seats everyone was saying that they needed "Exciting" players in the NHL to draw fans to the games. That's when OV came into the league and everyone was happy then cause he was drawing people out to games in every city that they played. Now all of a sudden because there are fans showing up people have a problem with and "Exciting" player.

So I'm getting tired of all the people on their high horse talking about how he was disrespecting the game or the other players. He's an exciting player so dont try to steal his thunder. If you dont want to see him celebrate, here is an idea for you......DONT LET HIM SCORE

and he may have a ton of shots but all the I bet all the people saying stuff about his shot ratio wouldn't get in the way of one. Why wouldn't you, if you were a coach, tell your player who arguably has the hardest and most unpredictable shot in the league to shoot it whenever the puck is on his stick from both good and bad angles.

It truely amazes me how much some people THINK they know

Posted by: CapsFan44 | March 20, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The ugly Russian is nothing more than the NHL's version of a rodeo clown or "He Hate Me." He's a cancer on the game and the sooner somebody runs his ugly mug clear through the plexiglass, the better off the game will be.

Posted by: Jumpy66 | March 20, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan44,

Finally someone who really knows. Thanks for pulling the curtain on those who think they do, and for the all-caps, which helped us understand.

Posted by: capsfan7 | March 20, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

@pokerface1208

I agree it's a big hit, losing first Gordon and now Laing. But honestly, I'm too concerned with Laing's health right now to worry about the impact this has on the team. Hockey is just a game, and in circumstances like this it pales in comparison to what's really important, which is hoping he comes out of this in good health and without complications. He's in the ICU, and whether he needs surgery or not, this could be a potentially dangerous situation, so I'm keeping him in my thoughts and prayers and hoping he makes a full and speedy recovery.

Posted by: capsfan26 | March 20, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Finally someone who really knows. Thanks for pulling the curtain on those who think they do, and for the all-caps, which helped us understand.

Posted by: capsfan7 | March 20, 2009 1:37 PM

Ha! I love it. :)

Posted by: capsfan26 | March 20, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Have any of you ever played a team sport? Evidently not, because if you had, you would understand why what Ovie did upset some folks. It's like this -- when you get scored on, you don't appreciate your nose being rubbed in it by the scorer. Fairly easy to understand, eh? And please don't think I dislike Ovie, I don't believe for a second he meant to disrespect the game or his opponents, but that's what happened.

Posted by: johnnyrico | March 20, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow. That's a whole lotta crap over a little incident. If the Media would let this thing go, it would blow over in a day or two; as it is, it's going to be the top story for months, when we have more important things to be concerned about.

Laing. One game back in the NHL, and he's in the ICU? That is so SO not good. I feel for him, and for his family, and hope for a speedy recovery for him!

Green. Oblique/abdominal muscle pull? That would explain the "can't get my breath" remark... I hope he will sit on Saturday so that he heals up. Much as I'd love to see him best his own record, he won't be playing at his best if he's playing in pain. And that was a nasty takedown. I was worried about his shoulder popping out. :-(

In the long run, the Ovechkin pre-planned celebration didn't go over as well as he expected it to, and that's fine; we move on. I laughed my butt off when he did it, for the record. But it didn't have some of the "spontaneous clown" elements that we've come to love. So what? In the long run, who really cares about this incident, when we have a key player hurt, and the guy we've all been waiting for all season came up for one game - ONE GAME - and tore his spleen, ending his season?

That makes me far more upset than Ovechkin's stupid #50 celebration does.

Posted by: irockthered | March 20, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Say what you will or be as smart as you want to me...i'm not going to get upset because someone doesn't agree with me on a message board

Posted by: CapsFan44 | March 20, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I am still waiting to hear what made Ovie's celebration last night more offensive to his usual jumping-against-the-glass celebrations? Was there some hidden message I missed? Wasn't it consistent with his usual exuberant presonality? or has Don Cherry made everybody too sensitive?

Posted by: caraveli | March 20, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

@ RedBirdie

You my friend do not have very good reading comprehension skills because you have completely misinterpreted just about everything I said.

The cubicle example was aimed at people who are criticizing Ovie, not at you. I've worked in corporate environments for a while and what I said perfectly describes the overwhelming majority of cubicle rats. Beaten to submission by rules and regulations and completely devoid of personality. There are of course exceptions. Congrats if you one of them. Or maybe you just haven't worked in an office long enough.

I certainly do not have any anger management issues whatsoever. I was simply defending Ovie for being an individual full of personality. If you think I do that, like I said, stems from your lack of reading comprehnsion skills.

I'm also not in high school (because most likely I wouldn't be able to write like this if I were) and the source of the lyrics is completely irrelevant. In your little mind the fact that they come from Green Day cancels out their meaning. In my mind they fit the situation perfectly and who wrote them doesn't matter whatsoever so quoting them has absolutely nothing to do with Green Day or the drones that come to their concerts (I agree with that... most people are drones... it's just the source of their worship that is different).

Anyway, have a nice day & we're actually on the same side. See, not angry at all. Rather puzzled why you decided to pick a fight with someone that you agree with regarding the whole issue.

Oh, and last thing. Your mom is cool!

Posted by: ranndino | March 20, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli

I'm not sure, because it really doesn't bother me, but I guess the difference is that last night's celebration was obviously something he'd planned in advance, whereas usually his celebrations don't feel choreographed or rehearsed. So last night feels like a schtick, whereas ordinarily it just feels like natural exuberance.

Posted by: capsfan26 | March 20, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Ovie, don't let Rick-the-rental Tocchet cramp your style. Just be yourself and have fun.

Posted by: washingtonpost31 | March 20, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Have any of you ever played a team sport? Evidently not, because if you had, you would understand why what Ovie did upset some folks. It's like this -- when you get scored on, you don't appreciate your nose being rubbed in it by the scorer. Fairly easy to understand, eh? And please don't think I dislike Ovie, I don't believe for a second he meant to disrespect the game or his opponents, but that's what happened.

Posted by: johnnyrico | March 20, 2009 1:40 PM


I've played team sports. I don't care if someone celebrates, I care that they scored. I'm grown up enough to deal with failure. If I don't like the way they celebrate, it drives me even more not to let it happen again.

And I don't get paid millions and am not responsible for entertaining thousands of fans when I play a team sport.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | March 20, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

With all the stress we all witness some of us just can’t acknowledge authentic joy when we see it. Congrats to Ovie on 50 goals and enjoy the moment, enjoy your achievement.

Posted by: ken_nickell | March 20, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

@capsfan26

Thanks. At least I can finally see some logic here, though I don't agree with it. Yes, it wasn't as fun or coherent as his spontaneous ones, but where is the insult to others? Why was the Tampa coach offended? And now Caps fans are starting to gripe.

Posted by: caraveli | March 20, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

soloman5000:

Re:

Bruce's schtick is wearing thin on me, and I suspect on the players as well...OV will be celebrating many goals in many different ways, but I doubt Bruce's career in DC lasts much longer than another year at best...his future will be in question when they go out in the first round again, for sure...

Posted by: soloman5000 | March 20, 2009 1:33 PM

You, Sirrah, are a jejune jackanapes.

Posted by: uncatim | March 20, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The ugly Russian is nothing more than the NHL's version of a rodeo clown or "He Hate Me." He's a cancer on the game and the sooner somebody runs his ugly mug clear through the plexiglass, the better off the game will be.

Posted by: Jumpy66 | March 20, 2009 1:37 PM


The cancer on the game is Sidney Crosby who gets his panties in a bind when someone breathes on him the wrong way.....no different than Mario Lemieux. If we let these pansies control the game, it will just become a game that has no goaltenders, d-men to play without a stick and not be allowed to make contact with the offensive player, and no offsides.

Ovechkin is talented enough to defend himself and still find a way to score 50 goals. Guys like Lemieux and Crosby kill this league. With any luck, Bettman will pull his head out enough to realize guys like Ovechkin are what can save and promote this league way more than these prima donnas.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | March 20, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Jumpy66: Go home Pens fan. You should at least drop the 66 so no one knows you still wish Lemieux played. Get a life and get on the Pens blogs.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 20, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I know there are some fans going to CAR tomorrow. If you're one of them, or know one of them, how about making a few signs for Quintin Laing, on behave of all Caps fans?

"Best Wishes to Quintin Laing. Love, the fans"

"Waiting for your return Quntin. Love, the fans"

Or something on that note?

Tarik, Lindsay, Katie, maybe it's too much to ask but if you could pass the word...

Posted by: mauree | March 20, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"It's like this -- when you get scored on, you don't appreciate your nose being rubbed in it by the scorer."

1) It wasn't directed at the opposing team.

2) If you don't like it, don't let him score.

[First time in franchise history a player has scored 50 goals 3 times. He dropped his stick for a second. He earned it, get over it]

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 20, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli

I can't handle these sorts of philosophical questions on a Friday afternoon when my brain is total mush and I'm in desperate need of a drink. :)

Seriously though, I agree with kittypawz and the others who've said this is being blown totally out of proportion. Whether you approve of these sorts of celebrations or not, they're a minor distraction. What really matters is this kid's incredible talent and what he's done for the franchise, the city, and the entire league.

Posted by: capsfan26 | March 20, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

@Jumpy 66

Take your shootout victory and come back when you can win a game this year vs. Washington in regulation.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 20, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

"ranndino" wrote:
One more thing I'll say for those who are criticizing Ovie.

You've been stuck in cubicles and brainwashed by the corporate culture for way too long. You never do what you want, but what is "appropriate". You always think 10 times before you do or say something because you're wondering whether it's "appropriate". I pity you. You lead very sad lives. Even your kids have their lives scheduled out like a freaking CEO.

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Ah, let me guess- the only way you get thru your own pitiful life out there in the trailer park, working whatever crappy job you have for peanuts, is to tell yourself you didnt sell out and work for a real company in a cubicle. That way you dont have to trouble yourself about wearibng a mullet, or getting a girlfriend who has her teeth, etc.

Posted by: peabody2 | March 20, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

caravelli,
in my opinion, its the difference between spontaneous celebration and staged. i dont like staged celebrations such as you see in the nfl. i dont think they belong in hockey or football. however, they have become so commonplace in football that its hard to put that genie back in the bottle.

how would any caps fan feel if cindy crosby did an irish jig behind theo after he scored a goal? or sean avery doing something stupid if he were to score. i know i wouldn't like it, 50th goal or not.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 20, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

moving right along

BROOKSY GETS SOME LOVIN!

Ok, more like oh! Look, someone at ESPN mentions Brooks and that makes me happy. Here's the whole thing: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=4000042

the important part:
"As for Ovechkin, let me say this: If he doesn't win it again, he'll be disappointed, I'm sure, but it'll be a compliment to the Washington Capitals organization. Because, to me, it means people no longer view the Caps as a one-man team. It means Mike Green is a Norris Trophy candidate; it means Alexander Semin is a star sniper; it means Nicklas Backstrom is an elite No. 1 center; it means Brooks Laich is an underrated two-way player. Ovechkin won in a landslide last season because we as voters believed he was the overwhelming reason the Caps made the playoffs. He is still their best player, but he's got talent surrounding him."

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 20, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

OV .....SAD! What a jerk . If I was playing he would have got my stick across his new hair cut. Believe me he will from someone else! Watch the players from other team back away and watch in wonder "What the Hell are you doing" Even his own team mates didn't come in.
Brodeur this week set the record for all time winning goaltender Ya didn't see him jump around like a idiot! That's cause he knows the game respect it and is a class act ...something OV it yet to learn!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

@RedBirdie

That's a very interesting way of looking at the MVP discussion. Thanks for posting.

Posted by: capsfan26 | March 20, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

From Ken Campbell on The Hockey News on Ovie's celebration:

"Alex Ovechkin’s celebration after his 50th goal of the season was undoubtedly over the top and probably ill advised.

"But it’s clear that, by doing it, Ovechkin made a bold statement that he couldn’t possibly care less what Canada’s National Windbag or anyone else thinks of the way he celebrates goals. And you’d have to think he’s not terribly concerned about said windbag’s prediction that “somebody will cut him in half.”

Posted by: Greg S. | March 20, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

dcsportsfan,

With your example of Cindy doing it, are you saying the Irish jig is a girl dance? As an Irishman I resent that-- Irish dance is an important cultural cornerstone for us dating back to the Celts, and practiced by all, not just girls with pretty legs in stockings.

Now lets just keep our attention on that Russian guy where it belongs. What was he thinking? Was he drunk on vodka?

Posted by: capsfan7 | March 20, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

@ johnnyrico

I played soccer (football) on amatuer level and I agree with majority that there was no mocking or taunting in Ovies celebration. I had the same reaction like the commentators of the match - this celebration is not a big deal, but really funny and entertaning.
We say in football - enjoy the game (same what Ovie does). And when a player hit me in a face with one of his boots (with spikes on the bottom) I excepted his apology, cuz it wasnt dirty. Later when we played other team that guy rushed to congratulate me with a goal just like my teammates did. So a team spirit and sportsmanship is there until you play dirty or mock others (Ovie never did that including last game). The only mistake Alex made is not telling Boudreau about his plans (Theodore's idea) of celebrating but hes a KID and BB knows that.

Posted by: Hazz | March 20, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I guess you are all proud of everything you may have done while in your twenties. I'm sure there are no mistakes in your professional lives. Morally impeccable, no crassness mars your baronial manners. We're not worthy.

Posted by: uncatim | March 20, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Give OV a break. I mean, it's not like he ripped three farts after he scored.

Posted by: phknlwyr | March 20, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Brodeur this week set the record for all time winning goaltender Ya didn't see him jump around like a idiot!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 2:18 PM

actually he did. but of course it was as the game was ending. good analogy though.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 20, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Now, which Canadian National Windbag would that be? Grapes, for sure. SC1907, too? Yup.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 20, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

50 goals,a NHL player celebrates.

100 points were reached the other night in the NHL.
Did anyone see that celebration?

anyone???

Posted by: akus2 | March 20, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Next Time Ovie celebrates BB Will have grab him and manhandle him to the bench! Cherry will like that ask Mike McEwen about that

Posted by: sporttraveler | March 20, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't get why everyone always says that celebrating is disrespectful to the opponent... it's JUST a celebration! Don't have to get all mad about it... there are so many people who are against what Ovie did, it's called having fun and celebrating an accomplishment, lighten up BB!

Posted by: rachel216 | March 20, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I think everyone who is so upset with that 5 seconds celebration is retarded. Ovie is the best thing that happened to this team for a long time and if you are making this harmless and fun celebration an issue, you don't deserve him. Idiots

Posted by: yrb1 | March 20, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

bb is a party pooper!!

Posted by: rachel216 | March 20, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

@ akus2

Its not just 50 goals - its a CLUB record + Ovie became the SECOND active player to have three 50+ goals seasons and also the 3rd ALL TIME IN NHL to have 50+ goals three times in first 4 seasons.

And 100 wasnt any record as I recall.

P.S. Old people are more boring than the kids, Ovie will grow up and become boring, dont worry :)

Posted by: Hazz | March 20, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I love how the Ovie detractors keep saying someone is going to "take care of him" the next time he celebrates.....but yet it hasn't happened yet. I wonder why that is?

Oh yeah, because unlike most prima donna goal scorers, Ovechkin doesn't need a goon to protect him....Ovechkin is able to defend himself. I'm not a Caps fan, but as a hockey fan, I don't see how you can't applaud that. Unless you're a Penguins fan who has listened to pansies whine for the past two decades how penalties should be called when someone tries to play defense on a superstar and doesn't just let them skate to the goal and score.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | March 20, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

"in my opinion, its the difference between spontaneous celebration and staged. i dont like staged celebrations such as you see in the nfl."

It's all about circumstances. He was 'staging' a celebration to honor his making *franchise history* this wasn't just any ol' goal. This was a HUGE goal.

"how would any caps fan feel if cindy crosby did an irish jig behind theo after he scored a goal?"

I would feel crappy. But I would also acknowledge that he wouldn't be doing said jig if the Caps didn't let him score. That said, context is key: was this some reandom goal? Or was it a "Big" goal. If it was a big goal, I wouldn't think it was a big deal, if it was a rando goal, I would think Crosby was a (bigger) tool.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 20, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Way to go OV! It's just his love for the game! Keep it up...it brings some fun to the sport which it needs.

Posted by: marklee15 | March 20, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

@Hazz,
When Malkin reached the 100 point mark on Tuesday it did set a record.

A franchise record with most individual 100-point campaigns by any one franchise.

Pittsburgh have 29
Oilers- 28
Bruins - 27

I won't bore you with the records or the numbers, put will tell you that the Caps are on the list also.

Caps -4

Posted by: akus2 | March 20, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"50 goals,a NHL player celebrates.

100 points were reached the other night in the NHL.
Did anyone see that celebration?"

I was going to respond to you, but Hazz already did, and probably said it better.

People have scored 100 pts. before.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 20, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

@ capsfan26,

Yes I was disappointed in Boudreau.

Posted by: CapCup | March 20, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

The difference in jumping into the glass and placing your hockey stick on the ice and praying over it is that the second is pre-meditated. He amdimtted that he, Theodore, Green, and Backstrom planned it. Just like the a-hole T. Owens who stuck a pen in his sock in case he scored a touchdown.

In the NFL this clown-like behavior is tolerated and there won't be any head hunters out for a wide receiver who does a dance in the end zone. But in the NHL there is a guy right now who is planning a huge blindside hit on Ovechkin that will take him out of the game and maybe the season.

People this is not about celebrating and "having fun". It is about the team and losing its best player less than a month before the season.

The way I see it this is the first year that Ovechkin has come out of his shell and started exploring the city. He has been seen at Redskin's games and martial arts events where this kind of behavior is considered to be cool. He is only copying what he sees just like high school kinds copy what the see on television and then whine when their team is penalized 15 yards.

Posted by: MKadyman | March 20, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

People have scored 100 pts. before.


And ........

NHL players have scored 50 goals before.

But that has been going on since ummmm,
the 1940's

Posted by: akus2 | March 20, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

SC1907, I usually refrain from insulting anyone posting but you're an idiot. Everytime you post you prove it all over again.

Also, I didn't see you mention Brodeur's affair with his wife's sister. As long as he keeps winning games right? He sure is a class act alright.

Posted by: Moose33 | March 20, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

As long as OV doesn't start doing this;

http://video.yahoo.com/network/100284668?v=4656506

I have no problems.

Get well Lang!!!!!!

Posted by: Iceman10 | March 20, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

@Moose33

Apples and oranges. Most athletes do classless things off the field/court/ice. If you are looking for a role model in an athlete, good luck.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | March 20, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if this was brought up already but has anyone seen the youtube video where Cherry is saying that Ovie has lessened his celebrations and that he listened to him (cherry) and that everyone listens to cherry? What a conceited old man. I hope Ovie goes crazy in the playoffs after every goal and ticks him off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA6sAdrlH-U

Posted by: rachel216 | March 20, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

@akus2

yeah, but that doesn't make up for having to live in Pittsburgh....that must really suck

Posted by: _stevo | March 20, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: _newt_ | March 20, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Apples and oranges. Most athletes do classless things off the field/court/ice. If you are looking for a role model in an athlete, good luck.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | March 20, 2009 3:00 PM

So we should completely ignore what they do off the field/court/ice and call them class acts? I don't agree with that at all. I can sit here all day giving you name after name of role models that are in professional sports, since I don't have all day, here is one from each major sport: Tim Duncan, Peyton Manning, Jeff Halpern & Derek Jeter

Posted by: Moose33 | March 20, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@ capsfan26,

Yes I was disappointed in Boudreau.

Posted by: CapCup | March 20, 2009 2:49 PM

I never said I was disappointed in Boudreau. I'm not disappointed in him. Reasonable minds can differ about whether what Ovie did was appropriate or not. It didn't bother me, but it did bother some people, and I understand that. If Boudreau felt that Ovie crossed a line, then it was his prerogative to take him aside and talk to him about it. We don't even know what he said - for all we know, he said something like, "Look, I have no problem with what you did, but other people might have a problem with it, and we don't need to stir up any more controversy that could distract us from what's important, which is winning for the rest of the regular season and having a successful playoff run." In fact, I hope that's exactly what he said, but I guess we'll never know and it really doesn't matter anyway.

Posted by: capsfan26 | March 20, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@stevo

Not really. Our job market is stable. Our home prices are stable. Fortunately for you, if you ever acquire the sophistication and funds to buy a home, the values in the D.C. region have plummeted so much, even someone like you may be able to afford one.

I lived in your sh*t town (Annapolis, Arlington). I know how "nice" it is down there. Have a nice commute on the way home tonight! :)

Posted by: Jumpy66 | March 20, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

This board is quite amusing today...I think I'll celebrate!

Posted by: HappyWeagle | March 20, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"The difference in jumping into the glass and placing your hockey stick on the ice and praying over it is that the second is pre-meditated."

There's also a difference between scoring any goal, and being the first person in your club's history to score 50 of them three times. Dropping your stick for a couple seconds, even if pre-meditated, is excusable in the latter.

"NHL players have scored 50 goals before.

But that has been going on since ummmm,
the 1940's"

No one in the entire history of the Capitals Organization has done it 3 times before last night.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 20, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Some points that I think are true:
* The celebration was not sportsmanlike
* It's not a huge deal, but a worthy distraction for a Friday afternoon
* Ovechkin didn't mean any harm by it, it reflects his exuberance for the game
* Spontaneous celebration is better than scripted celebration
* It's harder to respect athletes that behave like egomaniacal clowns, however talented or entertaining or goods-delivering they may be
* Older fans seem more concerned about celebration than newer fans
* Over-the-top celebration is not unprecedented in hockey, but lack of it distinguishes hockey from other sports
* Hockey is better than other sports

Posted by: Aerocraft67 | March 20, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Ovie is the best master of his own brand in pro sports right now.

It was a stupid celebration and he knew it. He also just gave himself and the Caps a ton of media attention about his *franchise record 3x50 goals*, which by the way is 9 more than anyone else so far. Hint. Hint. Hint.

I do worry a bit that this could impact his Hart race-- the old school media will vote Malkin since he's boring and plays for the Pens vs. the ones who realize Ovie doing things like this makes for lively press stories and want to keep him in the limelight for the quotes, ridiculous incidents, etc.

Posted by: TheGJ | March 20, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

But he also said he's not going to change because people don't like his goal celebrations.

Thank God. Ovie better not change no matter what people say. (esp Cherry) I love everything that ALex does. It wouldn't be Alex if he toned down the celebrations, it's just who he is, and I love it. It's just Alex being Alex.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 20, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"I do worry a bit that this could impact his Hart race-- the old school media will vote Malkin"

If it's close at all, OV's not going to get the MVP and everyone knows it. They like to pass that around.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 20, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Quite a few people here who believe Ovechkin should have been hit/hurt/beaten/punched out because he did something which they didn't like.

The assumption seems to be that he disrespected either the other team or the crowd or the game itself. Or that he was being a show off. Or that he was classless.

Those of you who believe that a man should be beaten up for disrespect or showing off or for beig classless are living by a set of values which predate the rule of law. If you were to try to do this in your day-to-day lives, you'd be charged and probably convicted of a criminal offense.

Not to mention that wanting someone else to live out your own personal revenge fantasies in retaliation for perceived disrespect is pretty lame.

I personally think he was trying to entertain, as he did at the All Star game. He is a natural entertainer - a clown, if you will. And this is one of the reasons people love to watch him. But the problem with comedy routines is that they don't always work. But you have to try things to see if they will work. I don't think he'll do it again because a lot of people weren't amused. The routine didn't go over as well as he wanted. Another time, he'll try something else.

If you don't like what the man does, don't watch.

Posted by: RedRocker1 | March 20, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

agree with BondraMan. who cares? i loved the celebration, reminds me of when a goal is scored in soccer...

Posted by: fullertom | March 20, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

You guys still on this? Come on, I don't think we've had one "Schultz sucks" post all day.

Posted by: koalatek | March 20, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the people who are saying Ovie's celebration was over the top. I don't get it. When I saw him do it I thought it was hysterically funny, even though I had no idea what he was doing at the time. Then when he explained it during the break and how he, Semin, Backs, Green & Jose had decided there were all going to go over and pretend the stick was hot to celebrate, I thought it was even funnier.

His individualism is what makes him such a great hockey player and we Caps fans should love and appreciate him for that!

GO OV!!! Let's see # 51 tomorrow!!!

Posted by: mikesgirl1 | March 20, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

If it's close at all, OV's not going to get the MVP and everyone knows it. They like to pass that around.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 20, 2009 3:18 PM

That's probably right. And while I'd love to see Ovie win it again, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if Malkin got it, because at least it would be a formal recognition of what most people outside of the NHL marketing department already recognize, namely that Malkin - not Crosby - is the best player on the Penguins. Not to mention the less whiny and annoying of the two.

Posted by: capsfan26 | March 20, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Hockey expects this level of decorum from their players when it comes to scoring goals and not celebrating.

Yet, some in hockey viewed what McSorley and Bertuzzi and Hunter did to be part of the game.

I didn't like the celebration one bit, but come on, hockey's image ain't as clean as people like Cherry the asshat claim.

Tochett alson being an example. He's always been a scumbag

Posted by: gtydings | March 20, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Schultz sucks

Posted by: Moose33 | March 20, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

@koalatek

Schultz sucks!

Happy now? ;)

Posted by: capsfan26 | March 20, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"You guys still on this? Come on, I don't think we've had one "Schultz sucks" post all day."

IMHO, Shultz has been playing well the last couple of games. When he starts sucking again, we'll start saying so ;)

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 20, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I am not blasting him for doing the celebration, but I do disagree with it. Jumping the boards is fine, its a quick, excited moment as his teammates come to him. We do this sort of thing as a society. I coach youth girls soccer and when they score usually they have a second of excitement and jump up and down before their mates mob them. I have nothing against this. When he scored and they booed and he put his hand up to the ear so be it, its him and the fans, not him and the other team.

It isnt about old school vs new school, it is about respect. The NFL has gone insane with this kind of thing to the point where people do a dance after each tackle, even when being blown out of a game. I know he didnt intend to disrespect the other team, he is still very young on a team filled with very young guys.

I am glad Boudreau sat him down for a minute, I hold no grudge and I hope to see many more pucks hitting the back of the net from Ovechkin followed by his trademark hitting the boards.

Posted by: Killerangel81 | March 20, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Folks if Every would have done that he would have been fined and sent to a Intervention in Canada...
Hey that not a bad idea Bettman should send OV to a Intervention in Siberia

Clean up your act OV.. or keep your head up when you go through the neutral zone

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

@capsfan26
I think we still have a few standard topics from a normal day here at Caps Insider, but given that it's Friday, it'll have to do. :)

Posted by: koalatek | March 20, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Every sb/ Avery

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Folks if Every would have done that he would have been fined and sent to a Intervention in Canada...
Hey that not a bad idea Bettman should send OV to a Intervention in Siberia

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 3:30 PM

Guys, SC1907 is right about this one. Remeber when Theo Fluery (a fine canadian boy) was sent to intervention after his swan dive celebration...wait, was that an intervention about something else?

Posted by: Moose33 | March 20, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

What other players/coaches are saying about OV's celebration:

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/

Talk of the Town

Posted by: Kroke96 | March 20, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Good God..Pepole need to give Ovie and his "hot stick" a break.
First off old Rick "can I lay down a bet" Tocchet should keep his trap shut about giving the game a bad name, pot meet kettle.
Second if Tampa players and coach don't like it maybe they should STOP him from scoring...I mean geez he cut thru 3 Lighting players like they weren't there.

I think most are clueless as to why Ovie did it...I think it was his way to flip the bird at old Cherry. Had Cherry never got on his soap box about Ovie I don't think he would have done it.
Everyone on radio today was upset because it was pre-planned and they seemed to overlook the fact that yes it was and it was with pissing off Cherry in mind.

Move on haters...nothing to see here but the best hockey player in the world.

Posted by: jotay131 | March 20, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

VTDuffman

You forgot that while it's an accomplishment worthy of celebrating 100 points in a season, that isn't a very rare event. In fact, people, like akus2, could say that's been going on since...

The thing is that he's the 3rd in NHL history to get 50+ in his first 4 years? And this compares to the 24 teams that had 100+ point players - how? Which is rarer?

Posted by: Greg S. | March 20, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

For the most part, NHL players are conservative and respect a time-honored code that doesn't allow for showing up opponents. That's why a goal celebration that would be considered tame by NFL standards, has stirred up controversy in hockey.

After scoring his first-period goal, Ovechkin dropped his stick to the ice near Tampa goalie Mike McKenna and warmed his hands over it like it was on fire.

"I took it as an insult, personally," Tampa forward Ryan Malone told the Tampa Tribune following Thursday's game. "It's embarrassing, this isn't football."

The backlash against Ovechkin is gaining steam. The controversy comes a few weeks after Hockey Night in Canada analyst Don Cherry criticized Ovechkin's celebrations during his popular Coach's Corner segment.

"What I try to do is teach the kids the Canadian way. What we have to watch is we don't start acting like goofy soccer guys," Cherry said. "[Ovechkin]'s got a free ride. He runs at guys, does this stuff. I'm predicting somebody is going to get him and somebody is going to get him good."

Former NHL General Manager Mike Milbury said he wouldn't have been surprised if one of the players on the Lightning leveled Ovechkin before he finished the celebration. It could still happen when Tampa travels to Washington next Friday.

For many around the NHL, that's the prevailing thought: Ovechkin's discipline should have come directly from somebody on the Lightning.

"I wouldn't have any trouble with somebody [hitting] him right in the noggin," Milbury told SportingNews.com. "I would have no trouble with that.

You scored a goal? Great. Fine. I don't need it rubbed in my face."

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

lol @ koalatek

I hardly ever read the comments on this blog, except for Friday afternoons, when my brain decides it can't focus on work anymore and starts to demand entertainment.

For the record, while I've been frustrated with Schultz for much of the season, I actually agree with those who've said he's been playing much better lately. Hopefully he'll continue to improve.

Posted by: capsfan26 | March 20, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

rachel216:

Ron even mentioned how Cherry's good friend BB helped him out.

I have a suggestion. If there is such a problem with celebrations (scripted or not), why not get rid of those players so hockey can be what it use to be.

If Ovi is the one doing all the celebrations , then get rid of him, it's not needed in the NHL.

Posted by: bajgirl | March 20, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The other players will bajgirl...and than they will lay their sticks over his warm body at centre ice

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if this is already posted but there are comments from players regarding the celebration on Tsn.ca. Non Pittsburgh players! They had their chance to make a case against it and they really did not.

Posted by: Richmondcapsfan | March 20, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I forgot...

Which period did Ovie score in? It was the first, right? First 10 minutes, right?

So all those peturbed Bolt players had, what, 50 minutes to exact retribution. Obviously, they weren't that ticked off about it. And apparently Toccet couldn't rile up his troops to do anything about it, or he really wasn't that upset about it until the camera was focused on him.

And SC1907, there's a far cry from Avery to Ovie. If you want to make the Avery connection, talk with your bud Grapes. You two are the only people in the world that think there's some connection there.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 20, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Rich Tocchet, the fact that you are allowed to be associated with the N.H.L. is a joke. Perhaps you would like to put some money down on the next Lightning/Caps game or do you let your flunkies do the dirty work for you still?

Posted by: ScubaTurtle | March 20, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to those who posted the TSN link. It's funny how some people are just assuming that other players would be ticked off about this kind of thing, when in fact a lot of players seem to think it's no big deal, or even that it's a good thing for the sport.

Posted by: capsfan26 | March 20, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Mike Milbury is a great source for advice, so much so that he doesn't have a job as a GM...again, well done SC1907, keep 'em coming.

Posted by: Moose33 | March 20, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Kroke96: Thanks for the Talk of the Town link. At least the Senators aren't upset.

Posted by: uncatim | March 20, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

The Senators players have some good reactions to it on TSN's website. Check it out if you haven't seen it already. They aren't exactly shocked or outraged or concerned about the integrity of the sport. More like: "yeah, maybe it was a little much, but it was his 50th goal so whatever". If player don't care maybe the media should pick up on that. I'm sure the bolts arne't too happy about it. But they've lost to the Caps 9 times in a row. How happy could you be with that record?

Posted by: Stu_c | March 20, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Mike Milbury is a great source for advice, so much so that he doesn't have a job as a GM...again, well done SC1907, keep 'em coming.

Posted by: Moose33 | March 20, 2009 3:52 PM

milbury, didn't he once go into the stands at MSG and beat a spectator with his own shoe? did he trade roberto luongo for some magic beans? yeah, so i think we should all pay attention when he passes judgement on something. he obviously never is wrong about things.

something tells me ovie wont be doing that again, but only because BB spelled it out for him, not because of what don cherry, milbury or rick tocchet things. rick tocchet...ha. like having pete rose criticize roger clemens for disrespecting the game of baseball.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 20, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Mike Milbury is a great source for advice, so much so that he doesn't have a job as a GM...

But what he has is a better job than you!
Unless your the Moose that owns IBM?

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

TB Goalies comments.

Said McKenna: "I'm a traditionalist when it comes to hockey. I appreciate guys who play the game hard and are humble. Alex is always exciting to watch, and he's great for the game, but it's not something I would have done.

"When I saved his breakaway, I could have done a spin move or something, but I didn't."

i say that him stopping ovie on a breakaway is about as rare as 50 goals in three seasons, so perhaps he should have done a spin move.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 20, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Mike Milbury is a great source for advice, so much so that he doesn't have a job as a GM...

But what he has is a better job than you!
Unless your the Moose that owns IBM?

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 4:04 PM

Seriously, are you retarded?

Posted by: Moose33 | March 20, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

.

Posted by: tELb | March 20, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Mike Millbury is a failure. Being criticized by him is really a compliment.

I see lots of fans criticizing Ovechkin, but not players. Lightning had all game to show Ovechkin what they felt. Problem is, even if they want to do something they cannot catch him. And if they do catch him, they are more likely to catch the wrong end of the deal.

50 goals is much more impressive than 100 points. Look at it this way. The next guy behind Ovie has 82% as many goals. The next guy behind Malkin (Ovie) has 92% as many points, and Malkin has only 64% as many goals as Ovie.

If I was Malkin I would keep a low profile, also. His accomplishment, while noteworthy, pales in comparison to Ovie.

Ovie is the greatest player in the world today. He, and everyone else, should celebrate this fact and all of his achievements. I hope everyone else has fun and plays well. They are wise to keep a low profile so as to not show how lacking they are in comparison to the Greatest Player On Earth.

Posted by: crooks_c | March 20, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and one more comment for Mr. Tocchet...
Perhaps you should be more concerned that your team is in 14th place in the Eastern Conference. By now you should be used to playes celebrating goals against your "swiss cheese" goaltenders!!!!

Posted by: ScubaTurtle | March 20, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Love SC1907's "experts".

Former GM Mike Milbury's trades:

He peddled away a plethora of promising, young defensemen and forwards and received little in return. Milbury dealt away blue liners such as Zdeno Chara, Bryan McCabe, Darius Kasparaitis, Bryan Berard, and Wade Redden, as well as forwards Raffi Torres and Todd Bertuzzi—all before they had a chance to blossom.

Not to mention, Milbury traded the best young goalie in the NHL today, Robert Luongo, and Olli Jokinen to the Florida Panthers in 2000 for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha.

As our fave TV announcer would say, "Simply Sensational!!!"

Posted by: Greg S. | March 20, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The sens are in last place they dont know what celebration is LOL

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

If McKenna stops Ovechkin on 50 breakaways he can do whatever celebration he wants in my opinion. Ovechkin was celebrating scoring 50 goals, not scoring one goal on McKennna.

Posted by: Stu_c | March 20, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Mike Millbury is a failure. Being criticized by him is really a compliment.

I see lots of fans criticizing Ovechkin, but not players. Lightning had all game to show Ovechkin what they felt. Problem is, even if they want to do something they cannot catch him. And if they do catch him, they are more likely to catch the wrong end of the deal.

50 goals is much more impressive than 100 points. Look at it this way. The next guy behind Ovie has 82% as many goals. The next guy behind Malkin (Ovie) has 92% as many points, and Malkin has only 64% as many goals as Ovie.

If I was Malkin I would keep a low profile, also. His accomplishment, while noteworthy, pales in comparison to Ovie.

Ovie is the greatest player in the world today. He, and everyone else, should celebrate this fact and all of his achievements. I hope everyone else has fun and plays well. They are wise to keep a low profile so as to not show how lacking they are in comparison to the Greatest Player On Earth.

Posted by: crooks_c | March 20, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Good comeback Moose!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Good comeback Moose!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 4:10 PM

Actually that was a legit question. I really want to know.

Posted by: Moose33 | March 20, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Give OV a break. I mean, it's not like he ripped three farts after he scored.

Posted by: phknlwyr | March 20, 2009 2:26 PM

To be fair we don't know that, do we? However, the drunkards around me were doing an splendid job of that whithout his help - too much "hot" beans I suppose.

Posted by: tELb | March 20, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

@sc1907

Does the team that you cheer for in this league not have a blog that you can go infect?

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 20, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I bet Bruce wouldn't have had a problem if it were Jeff Schultz doing the celebration.

Posted by: OviToSemin | March 20, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

So according to Milbury, they should have taken out OV right then and there, say, just like Dale Hunter on Pierre Turgeon. I don't remember him speaking up in favor of that hit back then. And as for Cherry, I believe he would actually prefer to see more fighting in hockey than goals and talent. Face it, Ovechkin is selling hockey. He's putting PAYING fans in the stands. If Don Cherry thinks that the 'Canadian' way of hockey, with more fighting and less celebration, is the future, he is sadly mistaken. Now I am not wanting to see celebrations that are over the top, no pen being pulled out of a sock for autographs, but I think it is clear that OV is having fun, and fun is contagious. Even Crosby has been seen to jump into the glass after scoring a goal. How does Don Cherry feel about that?? The game is changing and Don Cherry is now nothing more than a novelty.

Posted by: kaps99 | March 20, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Well you should know .I taught you in school. I can rememeber teaching you in grade 4. You were the ownly student in grade 4 that had his own parking space!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

you seem like you're the one in 4th grade... you can't even spell only correctly. ownly... wow.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 20, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey Moose what's an ownly?

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 20, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

You are an idiot!

nah-ah! you are!

F* You! (voice from downstairs: DO YOUR HOMEWORK!)

F.U. RETARD! (voice from cleaning closet: SPILL ON ISLE FIVE, GET THE MOP)


Posted by: tELb | March 20, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

At least your reading the posts...
This is good

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

My lord, this guy's a TEACHER???

Posted by: Greg S. | March 20, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Well you should know .I taught you in school. I can rememeber teaching you in grade 4. You were the ownly student in grade 4 that had his own parking space!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 4:18 PM

Thank you, that answers my question. It's just sad that we're at a point in our wonderful country that we're running short on 4th grade teachers and we need to hire mentally challenged people like yourself. I hope you're not teaching spelling.

Posted by: Moose33 | March 20, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

465 news reports re: Ovechkins 50th goal/celebration. (per google) Is hockey getting ANY publicity from Ovechkins antics at all? He's is a serious detriment to the league. He should be banished. ; ) Ovechkin = best NHL marketing guru ever! All you haters, head back to your caves. That means you too Cherry.

Posted by: edmontoncapsfan | March 20, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

oh oh TeLb is having a reaction to his meds ...Quick get his white jacket out

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Moose what's an ownly?

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 20, 2009 4:21 PM

You'll have to ask the teacher that one. I'm done feeding the trolls for the day, someone else take over...I'm tired.

Posted by: Moose33 | March 20, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks StanleyCup1907, your reply clearly shows that you would much rather trade insults than talk about hockey.

Posted by: kaps99 | March 20, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Sure is a reaction to the medicine. wink, wink.

Posted by: tELb | March 20, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

TB Goalies comments.

Said McKenna: "I'm a traditionalist when it comes to hockey. I appreciate guys who play the game hard and are humble. Alex is always exciting to watch, and he's great for the game, but it's not something I would have done.

"When I saved his breakaway, I could have done a spin move or something, but I didn't."

i say that him stopping ovie on a breakaway is about as rare as 50 goals in three seasons, so perhaps he should have done a spin move.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1

Mike McKenna: SORE LOSER. WOW, I can't believe those words came out of his mouth First of all, who is he to even have an opinion about this? He is Mike Mckenna. (a no name goalie who when I type his name in google nothing comes up except a baseball guy named mike mckenna.)

"When I saved his breakaway, I could have done a spin move or something, but I didn't." - mckenna. That's because you are Mike McKenna and you are nothing special, so you wouldn't have any right to do that. I can't believe he's making a reference to to himself with ovie. If you didn't want him to do the stick on fire than you should of stopped it. That guy has no room to talk, we've played him twice and have scored on him 8 times.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 20, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Moose33: Do you really have to ask? Yes, SC1907 is retarded.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 20, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Ovie is apparently pretty easy to stop on a break away. He isn't known as a penalty/shoot-out goal producer.

I think he actually plays better with a D-man or two draped over his shoulders and another guy hanging onto a leg then he does without them.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 20, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Moose33: Do you really have to ask? Yes, SC1907 is retarded.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 20, 2009 4:35 PM

Just wanted to confirm and boy was it confirmed :)

Posted by: Moose33 | March 20, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

it seems to me, as an impartial observer, that the following conclussion can be made:
1) people disagree with each other
2) people dislike those that disagree
3) people that disagree are idiots

The question must be asked by each of you:
Am I a disagreer?
If the answer is yes then you are an idiot who are disliked by others.

Posted by: tELb | March 20, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Is this a spelling forum??? Because you ppl sure don't know much about the inner workings of the NHL. Let me ask you this. When the the puck is shot down the ice from your own side of centre does the public address announcer comes on to tell everyone that was icing! ?

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

What do you mean YOU people?!?

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 20, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

The sens are in last place they dont know what celebration is LOL

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 4:08 PM

Sens are higher in the standings than the Lightning. What does your statement prove?

Try again.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | March 20, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Whichever Pens fan that said Ovie was an ugly Russian obviously hasn't looked at Malkin lately.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | March 20, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Is this a spelling forum??? Because you ppl sure don't know much about the inner workings of the NHL. Let me ask you this. When the the puck is shot down the ice from your own side of centre does the public address announcer comes on to tell everyone that was icing! ?

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 4:53 PM

What does this have to do with you trolling on another teams blog? Go to your teams blog and infect them with your wisdom.

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 20, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

CT Caps Watch the interviews with the Sens about OV celebrations
Try to keep up bud!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

@ akus2

Ok I missed this 100 points record for Malkin's team. But really Malkin can do smthing like Ovie did in the future because he is young and entertaning and even BETTER (remember Malkin showboating on IIHF World Championship when he scored a goal for Team Russia and taunted an opposite team's bench?) I had no problem with that, because he did it in a funny manner after scoring a wrap around beauty goal. Again you would say - hey, its only a goal, big deal Malkin! Its your opinion, but players can do a little 5 sec celebration once in a while.
Heres Malkin's showboating 5 sec celebration but its not a big deal people same as Ovies :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoEYZWABnYA

Posted by: Hazz | March 20, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Is this a spelling forum??? Because you ppl sure don't know much about the inner workings of the NHL. Let me ask you this. When the the puck is shot down the ice from your own side of centre does the public address announcer comes on to tell everyone that was icing! ?

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 20, 2009 4:53 PM

I can't resist, just one more response for the road.

That depends on if there is a player from the other team that is able to play the puck...if not, the PA announcer tells all of us uneducated Caps fans it was icing. Then we all do the chicken dance. And yes, this is a spelling forum, get yourself a dictionary, teacher's edition of course.

Posted by: Moose33 | March 20, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me!!!!!! The league, fans, commentators can accept FIGHTING as part of the game but celebrating is disrespectful. Since when is hurting someone's feelings worse than physical harm in a fight? Umm...am I missing something!!??

Posted by: pchau26 | March 20, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Dude, I know that. But you are implying that the Sens are in last place and their opinion is not worthy. My point is that the Lightning are worse so they really aren't worthy.

Please keep up

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | March 20, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Obviously Canadian. "Centre". He should go back to watching Toronto celebrate their spectacular goals...or maybe Ottawa's.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 20, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Who is the idiot that said OV doesnt want to be a run of the mill player like Carter and Yzerman? I'll take Carter out of this conversation but if you call Steve Yzerman run of the mill, you have NO clue about hockey. If he played for the Caps maybe DC would have a Cup.

As far as OV, on Friday I hope he fights better than Semin did last time hahahaha

Posted by: ThePhiladel | March 20, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I hope everyone reads this post.

RICK TOCHET this guy is the meaning of classless,forget the whole gambling thing thats nothing I will tell you about no class.A few years back I was at a NYR/CAPS game at MSG,see I used to go to all the caps games as a kid with my parents when we lived in the DC area and moved to NY many years ago I would go to all caps games in the area.Anyway Tochet is a cap now and I am waiting outside the MSG loading doc Player by Player the caps walk out and sign my jersey with a smile(it was after a win by the way)So finally out walks Tochet with the Gretzky walking side by side chatting it up ,I say to them both can you sign my jersey Gretz not overly nice takes the marker and signs big right under my eagle and tochet says "NO" and walks away giggling in Gretzkys ear,now thats class.And I am willing to bet he remembers it clearly,I bet he does.

Posted by: avischecter | March 20, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

McKenna said that when he stopped Ovie on the breakaway he could've done a spin move but he didn't... Ovie scored 50 goals... congrats, you've made 1 save, it's a big accomplishment for mckenna considering he isn't very good! What an idiot, nobody celebrates after a save, but he should because he doesn't make many.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 20, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

And as far as the celebration goes,So what ,big deal,get over it.Thats OVI personally I thought it was dumb just because it looked dumb.But had it been something a little more funny Hey I am all for it.Its so stupid hearing about how its so wrong and disrespectful,untrue.You score a goal ,Do what you want.You earned that right.I would love to see more great goal scorers show a little personality.BUt still it was a dumb little jig it looked stupid and was cheesy.

Posted by: avischecter | March 20, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

As far as OV, on Friday I hope he fights better than Semin did last time hahahaha


Posted by: ThePhiladel | March 20, 2009 5:18 PM

They had 50 minutes in thier "house" to do something about it and nothing happened. Maybe Tocchet had a bet going that none of his players were man enough to step up to the plate. Hey atleast he won something last night!

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 20, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me!!!!!! The league, fans, commentators can accept FIGHTING as part of the game but celebrating is disrespectful. Since when is hurting someone's feelings worse than physical harm in a fight? Umm...am I missing something!!??

Posted by: pchau26 | March 20, 2009 5:17 PM


because one has been a longstanding part of this game and has been accepted by players for over a century. The other is just plain grandstanding. Glad BB called him out on it. I thought it was pretty cringe-worthy when i saw it, and i think the same caps fans who thought it was great would be screaming bloody murder if someone else had done it at our expense. There's a certain respect to this game that young players need to abide by. Period.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 20, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

RICK TOCHET this guy is the meaning of classless,forget the whole gambling thing thats nothing I will tell you about no class.A few years back I was at a NYR/CAPS game at MSG,see I used to go to all the caps games as a kid with my parents when we lived in the DC area and moved to NY many years ago I would go to all caps games in the area.Anyway Tochet is a cap now and I am waiting outside the MSG loading doc Player by Player the caps walk out and sign my jersey with a smile(it was after a win by the way)So finally out walks Tochet with the Gretzky walking side by side chatting it up ,I say to them both can you sign my jersey Gretz not overly nice takes the marker and signs big right under my eagle and tochet says "NO" and walks away giggling in Gretzkys ear,now thats class.And I am willing to bet he remembers it clearly,I bet he does.

Posted by: avischecter | March 20, 2009 5:21 PM


Tocchet is a d*ck both on and off the ice. But thats irrelevant. He was one of the top power forwards when he played, he was a key member of some Cup teams and he has inspired the Lightning to play much better hockey.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 20, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

It's funny, today at work a lot of other people who don't usually join in talking hockey with me but know I'm a fan were mentioning they had seen Ovie score his 50th and his celebration afterwards. Most were prompted to ask if 50 was a milestone goal and I told them it was and that he was the first guy in team history to do it 3 times. He's also on that sick short list now of guys who have done it 3 times in their first 4 seasons: Gretzky, Bossy, Ovechkin. That's it.

Everyone was intrigued by him and hockey, at least for a night. Terrible for the league.

The semantics of it can be argued forever...the facts about it and his intent are pretty clear if you know Ovie and know how many times you've seen anything like it. Haters hate facts though, doesn't leave enough room for "spin".

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 20, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

All I am saying is if you have no class don't talk about class.Tochet is a classless Jerk

Posted by: avischecter | March 20, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

either way dave, you and i know both know that this blog would be up in arms if another player who didn't play for the caps was celebrating like that in our home arena after a goal. Lets not be hypocrites people. We know Ovie's a humble guy overall but the reaction to his antics is more than understandable.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 20, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Look a lot of Caps fans are homers and won't admit Ovie was wrong. But in this instance, he WAS because his antics weren't spontaneous. They were really no different from things people like TO and Ocho Cinco have done. It was wrong.

Posted by: poguesmahone | March 20, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

@cs

To be perfectly honest, I wouldn't care one bit if another player scored a milestone goal and celebrated. I MIGHT make a comment to myself that Grapes better treat that other player to the same criticism that he does Ovie (which he doesn't do currently), but it would be merely poking fun at Cherry and I would not have an issue with a player himself celebrating a milestone goal like that.

It's hypocritical to assume how Caps fans would react. I might personally boo the guy, but not for the celebration just cause it was a player on the opposing team who scored.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 20, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"Lets not be hypocrites people. We know Ovie's a humble guy overall but the reaction to his antics is more than understandable.

Posted by: cstanton1"

I don't usually agree with what you have to say, but that was dead on.

Posted by: Steve_R | March 20, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1: I'm same with Dave. It's hard to imagine, but if another player celebrated like that at Verizon, I wouldn't be mad at all. I wouldn't feel insulted as Tampa claimed they felt. There was absolutely no taunting vibe in his celebration, Ovie was excited. But too bad not many players will be able to celebrate like that anyway.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 20, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely nothing wrong with the celebration.

He wasn't taunting anyone, dancing on anyone else's logo, pretending to defecate or urinate on anyone, etc.

Posted by: alecw81 | March 20, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I could care less what Cherry or other media types say, but last night when I saw the goal celebration, I was wondering what is he doing? I am fine with spontaneous goal celebrations (I loved Bondra's goal celebrations because they showed his pure joy at scoring a goal) But I don't want to see any more pre-planned ones. I have loved this sport for years because it is different than other sports. Above all, it is a team sport. Even having the league MVP on your team doesn't mean you will win the Stanley Cup that year. Getting your 50th goal is a big deal but it is still an individual accomplishment. I cheer for the Washington Capitals, not Ovechkin and the Ovechkinettes. Green and Nicky not joining in speaks volumes as well as Bruce's comments. Ovie shows his individuality in many ways so not doing preplanned goal celebrations isn't going to stiffle him.

Posted by: NovaCath | March 20, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Bears at Lowell starting at 7:00 tonight.
Per John Walton:
Chris Bourque scratched and heading for the airport so it looks like he'll be called up for tomorrow's Caps game.

Posted by: tess2201 | March 20, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

@cs

I will say that the reaction IS understandable...but far too many ALWAYS look for the negative and claim celebrations are always "showing up the other team". I don't feel this is always the case at all, and you have to take into context the person who is doing it. He didn't direct it towards Mckenna, he didn't direct it towards the Lightning, he didn't direct it at the fans.

I'm sure it was a one time thing for #50 that we won't see again, but his normal excitement after a goal will not be diminished and I'm glad to hear him say he will be himself.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 20, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tess2201 | March 20, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Bears at Lowell starting at 7:00 tonight.
Per John Walton:
Chris Bourque scratched and heading for the airport so it looks like he'll be called up for tomorrow's Caps game.

Posted by: tess2201 | March 20, 2009 6:48 PM

Thanks for the scoop Tess!

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 20, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

End of the 1st period:

Bears and Devils tied 1-1
Michal Neuvirth in goal
Bears goal scored by Jay Beagle

Posted by: tess2201 | March 20, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

He still gets him name on the Cup if we win, right?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 20, 2009 12:49 PM

Oldtime, you posted that quote about Laing on the previous thread and I don't think anyone has responded yet (I may have missed it as have been skipping through the idiots).

As I understand it, if we were to win the Cup this year QL would not get his name on the Cup. You have to play a set number of regular season games (not sure of the number but certainly more than 1) or at least 1 SCF game. I think that's right - sure someone will correct if wrong.

But basically, no he wouldn't get his name on the Cup if we won it.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | March 20, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I'm a Caps fan.
Yes, I think OV was entitled to celebrate the 50-goal milestone.
Yes, I think maybe this particular mode of celebration might have been over the top (even in an OV context)

...but it's over and done with, OK!?!?!

That said, I think the "hot stick" ritual was more "Eat THIS, Grapes!" than anything else.

Frankly, I'll take OV's "hot Stick" demonstration over Crosby's groin punching or Avery's vulgar remarks...any day of the week!

The main difference between OV (the now and future Great) and Grapes (has-been or never-was: you pick) is that OV knows NOT to take himself too seriously. This is a skill evidently missing from Don Cherry's repertoire. Anyone who wears those F***ing suits and STILL takes oneself as seriously as Grapes does, must SURELY be delusional.

Yes, Hockey is a serious sport, but anyone who so clearly loves their "work" as much as OV does should not be chastised for showing it. Hockey should also be fun...


@ SC1907 & $%#&@66: le festivale du Mario c'est finis!!! Go away, you @$$hats!

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 20, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Dave, you are correct, sir.

Posted by: tess2201 | March 20, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

People need to really evaluate why they have such strong opinions about that 5 seconds of the game. Could you compare those feelings to like when your siblings do something pretty silly/stupid and your first instinct is to laugh and then you realize the "adults", the authority figures would be all appalled by the behavior, but then you realize, it's just my brother or sister being themselves.

For those of you who were compelled to join the "adults" and the "authority figures" with the finger wagging at Ovi, man, you people must have been the perfect little angels your parents wished you to be, huh? Now, if you weren't, then maybe you should put that finger down and be a little more understanding about the whole situation. I remember when I was in my 20's and I'll be honest, if my parents knew some of the stuff I was doing, there'd definitely be some finger wagging. Go back to your 20's, folks, and remember all the stupid sh*t you did and picture people like Don Cherry, your despicable high school classmates who just made your life hellish back then, and they're replaying your stupidity on tv and each and everyone of them are criticizing you incessantly. Oh, and let's not forget the stupid sh*t people dared you to do and you did it. Yeah, there! See the slight flushing of your cheeks? Now you know lame it is we're criticizing Ovi for being 23.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 20, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

What I would love to read tomorrow is a surge in players hitting other players in the groin and players pulling another player's sweater over their heads at the start of a face off. Yeah, dead silence, huh?

Ovi didn't hurt anyone. Chill out, people.

Also, when Crosby did those unmentionable things, did we hear from Cherry on it? Or was he surprisingly quiet on the issues? Would be nice to know. Either way, it wouldn't change my opinion of that blowhard.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 20, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

StanleyCup1907: You're not even a Caps fan so why are you here? You find some obscure trivia like who the Kenora Thistles are and we're supposed to take you seriously? All these warnings about OV keeping his head up because someone is going to nail him in the neutral zone, in the slot, BLAH BLAH BLAH. Every team has been trying to nail him since his rookie season. He gets hacked, slashed, and high-sticks in the face more than any other player in the league let alone superstar. The loser fans in Boston even had the nerve to boo him when he went about 3/4 speed shoulder first into the boards and didn't get up for a little while. First time he stayed down folks, even when he got cut so bad it required stitches on his leg against the Pens last season which caused him to miss the 3rd period.

Another little fact about celebrations. When I was a little kid I though the Stanley Cup clinching goal was scored by Bobby Orr when he was parallel to the ice. Now that I know what happened, he is parallel to the ice because as soon as he scored he dove to celebrate. It wasn't a great hockey move, he was showing up his opponent.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 20, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

"Now you know lame it is we're criticizing Ovi for being 23."

Which is exactly why it was perfectly fine in Boudreau's mind to sit down with him instead of reprimanding him publicly. I actually looked at Fedorov after that little dance and I'm sure he was thinking something as well, but didn't say anything. Let him have his fun, but don't make a habit out of it. I'm sure everybody will still love Ovie if he kept to his traditional celebrations instead of popping in new ideas on how to celebrate goals in the future. That would not be so desirable and that was the point of setting him straight.

Posted by: rh71 | March 21, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

The ugly Russian is nothing more than the NHL's version of a rodeo clown or "He Hate Me." He's a cancer on the game and the sooner somebody runs his ugly mug clear through the plexiglass, the better off the game will be.

Posted by: Jumpy66 | March 20, 2009 1:37 PM

@Jumpy66: Really, now? That's the best you could do? Just wondering is all. Feel free to go back to your tea party with Crosby and Cherry. Love the fishnet stockings, btw. *snicker* Get a job, dude!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 21, 2009 2:48 AM | Report abuse

I'd expect people at a polo match to be mortified that someone is celebrating a milestone like Ovi does. For a group of people who roar with enthusiasm when two players get into a fight on the ice, they jump down the throat of a player who is celebrating a milestone in his career? Again, what Ovi did (again, prompted by his fellow 20-something teammates), didn't cause anyone a concussion. No one got their teeth knocked out. Albeit, okay, the Lightning felt bad. Boo-frickin'-hoo. You shoulda' scored more goals than the 2 you made. Oh, Tocchet, cry me a river. =P

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 21, 2009 2:57 AM | Report abuse

FanO wrote....Another little fact about celebrations. When I was a little kid I though the Stanley Cup clinching goal was scored by Bobby Orr when he was parallel to the ice. Now that I know what happ ened, he is parallel to the ice because as soon as he scored he dove to celebrate.

If you watch it again you will see the St.Louis player hook his skate!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 21, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

If you don't like his celebrations, then stop him from scoring. It's that simple.

Posted by: tengoalyrunr30 | March 23, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

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