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Tampa's Malone on Ovechkin: 'I Don't Think We Have His Name Circled'

Most of you have probably already read or seen Coach Bruce Boudreau's comments about letting go of Alex Ovechkin's goal celebration. After tomorrow's game against the Lightning, the topic will hopefully be put to rest.

But considering the comments from Tampa Bay players about handling it "the right way," it only made sense to see if they had cooled in the past week. It appears they have, according to comments that St. Petersburg Times reporter Damian Cristodero passed along.

Here's what Ryan Malone, who said, "you make him pay the right way," after that 5-2 Caps win, had to say after the Lightning's morning skate in Montreal today:

"It's going to be another game. I don't think we have his name circled on the board or anything like that. But it's going to be another game and hopefully we can contain him and not let him get those chances like he did against us last time."

"It's kind of over," Malone continued. "There's not really much you can do any more. If the hit is there, you want to finish your checks on him, but you have to keep your head up with him as well."

The best way for the Lightning to seek revenge, according to Malone? "Just steal the two points."

Evgeny Artyukhin, who is friends with Ovechkin, said, "It's a game, so we'll see what happens. We can't say, 'Yeah, we're going to.... kill him.' But we'll see what happens on the ice."

Like Boudreau, Lightning Coach Rick Tocchet is also ready for the subject to be put to rest, and he echoed his players in saying the best thing they can do is to simply win their first game of the season against the Capitals tomorrow night. Washington has outscored Tampa 21-9 in the season series.

"You hope guys going against Washington will say, 'These guys spanked us pretty good,' and they've outscored us. I think they should be ready to play that game. ... So, you're looking for people to react, and we're going to go into that game and give them a good, smart hockey game and play abrasive. But that's the way we want them to play in any game."

Ovechkin told reporters that while he'd be ready for anything, he doesn't expect a war. He was also asked if he would do anything differently if he could go back and score the 50th again.

Ovechkin said no, but demonstrated that he would have rubbed his hands together like he was trying to warm them up.

By Katie Carrera  |  March 26, 2009; 7:43 PM ET
 
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Comments

They had plenty of chances to go after Ovie last game. He is like the gingerbread man.

Posted by: crooks_c | March 26, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

from the last thread on how far back you go

for all you youngins, I used to go to the NY Rangers games in 1962 when there were just the original six teams, Used to watch Gump Worsley in goal. Doug Harvey was the player coach and was paid $20,000 per year, highest on the team. Beat that

Posted by: billd2 | March 26, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

tocchet is more concerned with his NCAA action at this point.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 26, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

He is like the gingerbread man.

Posted by: crooks_c | March 26, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

The gingerbread man didnt backcheck either! :(

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 26, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

rachel216, Infinitely pleased. I was the youngest last season, I think. You've got me by a month in the fanhood though. I went "Caps-crazy" after my first game December 2007.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 26, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to a great game tomorrow for the Caps. They've got to come with energy. They can score on and contain this team. And Ovi's one of the toughest forwards in the league.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 26, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Phiwwy scored. Man there were a lot of penalties in the 1st. Just looking at the box score. How's the game look?

Posted by: Sonyask | March 26, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Panthers back on top! I gotta get some work done...

Posted by: Sonyask | March 26, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

So when is this paper going to get the hint? It is over, it has been over, and no one (except for the children) really care.

Posted by: opita1 | March 26, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Malone is a loser. For a player who isn't that great, he talks a lot. Who does he think he is? and why is HE so bothered by Ovechkin's celebration? I want to see what Tampa will do to get payback! haha.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 26, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

flyer tie (2-2) fla in last few seconds of the second

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 26, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

BAH. Philly scored again at the end of the second. Florida's got to stop that one right then.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 26, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Dont worry rachel SitOut Semin will protect OV. Malone doesnt want to mess with Semin

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 26, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I really can't believe we're still talking about this. And yet, it's still all TSN wants to talk about. Glad to hear that both teams are sick of it also.

Posted by: baldinga | March 26, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Four seconds left flyers score. that's gotta hurt.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 26, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

i would have more respect for tocchet if he said something like, "hey we are looking to steal points from them, but we also need to let people know that we wont be pushed around and embarrassed at home..." etc. i know he cant call out ovie directly, but he should at least put the message out there. now he just looks like a big whiner. not like they are playing for anything else but pride. hs

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 26, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

StanleyCup1907:
howya been?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 26, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

almost had a total ignore...

Posted by: Sonyask | March 26, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

No, Ovie will protect himself. I want to see Malone try to hit Ovie, see what happens, he will bounce right off of Ovie and humiliate himself. Ovie will probably crush Malone into the glass. Also, SC, why don't you try going on a different team's blog? The list is to the left of this blog, it was created specifically for you, since you root for every team playing against the Caps. Also, I bet you are gonna watch Caps Redline at 9:30! :)

Posted by: rachel216 | March 26, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

good Capt Kirk Thanks

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 26, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

he doesn't like me though

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 26, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

StanleyCup1907:
who's your team?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 26, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Sonyask, but I just want to hear SC admit he is a Caps fan, I mean, no one spends this much time following a team that they're not a fan of. It doesn't make sense, but then again SC doesn't make sense.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 26, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

here we go. Another thread headed down the drain...

Posted by: Sonyask | March 26, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Malone only has circled on his calender the day he can hang up the skates and get the golf clubs out.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 26, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I know Rachel. But he won't post if you (we) don't respond. All a troll wants is to irritate, not engage in thoughtful discussion. Since the turkey has not offered a single useful thought, there's no reason to expect him to in the future. Trolls just love to get a rise out of people. If no rise, no fun for the troll.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 26, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Sonyask:
i think you're right. he won't answer any meaningful question i ask, even though i try

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 26, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Hope Sasha's in better shape tomorrow -- for the Tampa game. Granted, he looked subpar against Toronto but he seemed to generate some offensive chances, even though he couldn't finish them. Sad to say, that was more output than most of the rest of the team.

I wonder who else was sick, besides Bradley and Poti. Boudreau said about 6 or 7 people. Are they counting Fedorov and Green who were both sick on the long road trip?

(Would not be surprised to hear that Sasha was running a fever during the Toronto game, the way the state of his health currently sounds.)

My source, who originally told me that Sasha was ill, was definitely right on the money (or the rubles, if we want to use Russian currency terms).

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 26, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Sasha was a monster before he got the bug. Can't wait to see him in the playoffs.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 26, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

3-2 Panthers. I say go cats.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 26, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan75:
semin is much more entertaining to watch when he hits and digs in the corners. i hope he gets back to his *physical* game tomorrow. i think the team plays better as a whole when he's trying to teach schultz how to check someone

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 26, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Much as I want to see him from the seats tomorrow eve, I'm fine if they want to rest Semin tomorrow. If he's healthy, by all means play him.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 26, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

You know if the Rangers win tonight, they actually have a good shot at passing Carolina in the standings, one point behind with a game in hand. I didn't see them coming on, but their record over the last 10 is the same as Carolina's.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 26, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Check that -- same number of wins, but not as good a record.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 26, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's game. Now they're a playoff team, and I expect them to act like one. Time for 14 and/or 16 to show us something.
Schultz is the straw that stirs the drink.

Posted by: redlineblue | March 26, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

GIVE IT A REST!!!

Posted by: chberan | March 26, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Sonyask:
rigtht now - i'd rather the caps face the rangers than car
i believe the caps can get past the first round against anyone. they can turn it up a notch for the playoffs just like any other team can. i just wonder how long they can sustain that level of play. any second or third round series will require the goalie stealing two or more games

fla with EN to go up 4-2 over flyers - less than a minute left

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 26, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Empty net PPG for Florida, they're about to win 4-2.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | March 26, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Good for the panthers. Capt -- I agree, it'd be fine to play the Rangers. Still, I'm fine with any opponent.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 26, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

@CaptainKirk_on_AZ

I'm sure Sasha's physical game was lacking since he felt so poorly. Actually, I was almost surprised that he even made the trip to Toronto, much less played.

I noticed him at the back of one of the pictures of Ovi with the Coach's Corner tee shirt. He was wearing a blue jacket. (Guess he was cold.) Normally, he plays pre-game soccer with Ovi.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 26, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I see that Philthy took loads of penalties in the game vs Florida.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 26, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

here we go. Another thread headed down the drain...

Posted by: Sonyask | March 26, 2009 8:51 PM

I laughed so hard. I was just scrolling through the comments, sighing already, when I read this and laughed good and hard. great commentary. I'm beginning to consider rachel a troll as well.

Posted by: oo7 | March 26, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I am not fine with Pittsburgh. If this was the same Caps team I've been watching all season, I'd say lets exorcise some deamons. strap on the proton packs. But this team is making me jittery, which tells me that 1) I have too much at stake in something I observe other people doing, and 2) they don't look solid enough to strap proton packs on. Carolina, Philly? Blah, whatever, whomever. Pittsburgh I can wait on.


Posted by: oo7 | March 26, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

oo7: riiiigghhhtttt... call me a troll, you're cool.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 26, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Please make it stop!!! I think I rather be waterboarded than hear any more about this.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 26, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

They'll have to call someone up if they rest Semin tomorrow being as they're short of forwards anyhow. Brash won't be playing and they used Oisk as a forward in practice instead of him.

The Rangers blew their game today. Blew a 4 goal lead, then Atlanta tied it and beat them in a shootout. (Gee, sounds like a game I remember back in Dec. Guess there's coal in the stocking for the Rangers this year.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 26, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

At Billd2

Yes, you have me beat in the age department as you were following the Rangers in 1962. I was just a kid then and didn't even follow hockey.

Did you used to be a Ranger fan but are now a Caps fan? In the bad pun department, if the Rangers ever had a guy named Hal, he'd be Ranger Hal.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 26, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

no reason for fans to get bent out of shape over any of this, its GREAT for hockey and for SE div rivalries. Too often the teams in this division act like sunday schoolers when they play each other. If we can't be IN the same div as teams like the Flyers, Rangers and Penguins at least pretend that you dislike teams like Tampa, Car, Fla. This is good for hockey and its good for the players to be involved in more battles to get ready for the playoffs. Otherwise you go into the playoffs without being battle tested.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 27, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

and say what you will about Tocchet. He's raised Tampa's level of play to where they're not the pushovers every night they were before he came on board. They played another great road game tonight in Montreal and barely lost, I think in OT. The hit stat gave them credit for 46 hits but I think they had at least 60 hits. For a team out of the playoff race to invest that much energy in a road game is admirable. Artyhukin had 10 official hits on his own. They try to overcome their talent deficit by working as hard as they can. They had a miserably bad defense to start the season and Tocchet has really tightned up that team. It will be interesting to see if he has the chops to take them to the next level but for now he's got them working their butts off which is all you can ask.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 27, 2009 1:12 AM | Report abuse

"It's kind of over," Malone continued. "There's not really much you can do any more. If the hit is there, you want to finish your checks on him, but you have to keep your head up with him as well."
At that point Malone, hiked hp his skirt and showed off his new Prada heels. :-)

I don't the Ovy should be concerned, LOL.

Posted by: OustedSoul | March 27, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

The Lightning have no guts, no heart, no soul. A lot of wimpy banter, but then when you have Len Barrie as your owner what can you expect - that's how he played the game. Here's the problem with Ovechkin - he's a great goal scorer but he's diminishing his reputation with the ridiculous antics - God almighty would there be an uproar from Boudreau and all of the "fans" who just realized DC had a hockey team if Malkin or Crosby pulled that stunt - especially at the never sold out Verizon Center (if these games are sold out explian the 2,00 empty seats and dark suites at every game.) Ovechkin great goal scorer - his assists basically are giving Green the puck - Green (at least you have one player with class)is so frigging good anyone could set him up. Ovechkin doesn't/can't back check, is selfish, immature - he's Sean Avery (READ: CLASSLESS PUNK)with a lot more talent. See you in the playoffs!

Posted by: pensfan1 | March 27, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Hey pensfan1....Great comments!
Did you notice a few weeks ago when they had their 8th consecutive sellout at the phonebooth? 8! Wow! what do The Pens have now....103 straight and counting?

Opie better watch out for Malone tonight.

Posted by: tjamwhit1 | March 27, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Hey pensfan1....Great comments!
Did you notice a few weeks ago when they had their 8th consecutive sellout at the phonebooth? 8! Wow! what do The Pens have now....103 straight and counting?

Opie better watch out for Malone tonight.

Posted by: tjamwhit1 | March 27, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

great post pens fans. i guess you guys just can't get enough caps news. here's a flash for you regarding attendace. caps are averaging 18K plus this year. so if they played in a 40 year old, 16K seat dump of an opera house, they'd sell out every game too. it will be great when the new pens arena is built, complete with slot machines and pai gow tables. all the folks still left in the burgh can go and spend their hard earned govt checks on the video poker machines.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 27, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin great goal scorer - his assists basically are giving Green the puck - Green (at least you have one player with class)is so frigging good anyone could set him up. Ovechkin doesn't/can't back check, is selfish, immature - he's Sean Avery (READ: CLASSLESS PUNK)with a lot more talent. See you in the playoffs!

Posted by: pensfan1 | March 27, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

indeed, selfish and immature. as long as we're basing our assesment of his skils on three plays out of thousands in the past four years, i suppose we could do the same w/ crosby. ok, so despite all his talent, crosby is nothing more than a sack punching, third man in, whining diver who jumps guys on face offs to make himself look tough. oh, and his team plays better without him.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 27, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin great goal scorer - his assists basically are giving Green the puck
Posted by: pensfan1 | March 27, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

ps. ovie has 45 assists, green has 28 goals. yeah, that adds up using pittsburgh math.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 27, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Pittsburgh fans love to talk about assists because both of their stars are setup men. Malkin and Crosby score a lot of points but their totals are padded with assists.

I wonder how many of Malkin's assists are of the cheapy second variety? That kinfe cuts both ways.

If you look at past winners of the Hart trophy, a bunch of them have low goal totals and a lot of assists. It happens all the time. There are far fewer players who post 50, 60+ goals and enough assists to lead the league in scoring.

That's because it is more difficult to do.

No one cares about assists. Assists are like kissing your sister.

Posted by: benz9 | March 27, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

@dcsportsfan1:

Pittsburgh math....LOL XD

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 27, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

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