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Ovechkin, Crosby and Malkin Talk Game 3

Ovechkin and Crosby, before the talking started. (By Jason Cohn - Reuters)

Three of the biggest stars in the NHL took the podium one after another this evening to address the Penguins' 3-2 overtime win. All three agreed that Pittsburgh deserved to win this one, though Alex Ovechkin wasn't particularly in the mood to discuss it. He was asked about Simeon Varlamov.

"I don't want to talk about Varlamov," he said. "Sorry."

He was asked about penalties.

"I don't want to talk about referee too," Ovechkin said.

He was asked about the team's discipline in logging seven penalties.

"I don't want to talk about it," he said. "Seriously. They have only two penalties. It's kind of a joke, I think."

(The Penguins, of course, didn't agree. Brooks Orpik took issue with the Pascal Dupuis interference call that led to Washington's late-game power-play goal, which in turn led to overtime.

"The referees were really letting us play there," Orpik said. "I thought both teams could have had a couple more penalties, but that's just something you've got to go with and get a feel for, and then they called that one on [Dupuis]...which I thought was marginal at best, especially at that point in the game.)

More generally, here were Ovechkin's thoughts:

"We just didn't play our game tonight," he said. "I think we have lucky goal when we score first goal, it was bad bounce, and after that we still have great chances to score goal but after this we just stopped playing. I don't know what's happening, but we can't play like that, especially away against Pittsburgh. It was lucky we tied the game, and in overtime they score goal. It's nothing right now. We lost game and I don't want to talk about it."

Gotcha. So it's on to Crosby.

"We generated tons of chances, could have scored a lot more," he said, which was inarguable. (The Pens outshot the Caps 42-23.) "Varlamov made some big saves, we had a lot of pucks laying around the net that we just didn't put in, but we stuck to what we wanted to do and it was nice to see it pay off....We've got to know going into Game 4 that if we do the right things, we're going to be rewarded."

Crosby also raved about Evgeni Malkin, who had been criticized for being scoreless in two games while his fellow stars shined. Malkin scored in Game 3 and was everywhere in the offensive zone, launching nine shots while playing nearly 30 minutes.

"I think our last few days he's taken a bit of heat and he's played well, and unfortunately the puck didn't go in," Crosby said. "And today, I think he raised his game even more still, did a lot of great things....It was a big game and he definitely came to play and raised his game."

("No, he play the same," Ovechkin said, when asked if he agreed. "Same level.")

Malkin's English is far from Ovechkin's, and he answered just two questions, both briefly. "We play aggressive all game, lots of [shots], and we play good tonight," he said slowly.

As he was leaving the podium, Crosby whispered something to his fellow star about how dealing with the press was easy.

"Easy for you," Malkin said.

A final note, concerning the ice. Several players, on both teams, said it was atrocious.

"The ice was really bad," Orpik said, "and something we talked about going into the overtime was just put pucks on net, you never know."

"In overtime ice was just a mess, pucks just bouncing and stuff," Ovechkin said, discussing in particular one rush in which he lost control of the puck. "We have 3 on 2, [Hal] Gill goes down and I have probably 100 percent chance to score goals but puck just stopped moving."

Anyhow, here's Ovechkin summing up all the other quotes you'll read about this game.

"I think they deserved today to win," he said. "They played better than us. I think everybody see it."

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2009; 11:44 PM ET
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through 3 games

PENS 17 Power Plays Caps 9

Its a JOKE. I agree with OVIE.

Posted by: lightshow | May 7, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Well Brooks, we you get a 6-1 advantage on them you gotta know you're gonna get a questionable one. We got 4 on us buddy boy.

Wow, out ice is really better than Pittsburgh's? REALLY?

Posted by: EricS2 | May 7, 2009 1:49 AM | Report abuse

So there's no complaining from Crosby when they win? Of course they have to complain about the penalty that gave Backstrom his goal though.

Malkin played extremely well, but I think we concentrated so much on covering Crosby that Malkin was just left to skate around out there.

Posted by: SarahM28 | May 7, 2009 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Ovie is 100% correct. Pens played better, as a fan of more than 20 years it was upsetting to see the Caps outplayed, just like they were in games 1 and 2 (first 1-1/2) periods both games. The penalty situation is a joke, ditto for ice. Have you ever seen Ovie wiff so much?

Posted by: flee001 | May 7, 2009 7:12 AM | Report abuse

The Caps did not deserver to win last night. Other than Varly, who by the way kept them in the game, they played horribly. The thing I like about Ovie is that he is a classy dude. He can admit when the other team plays better but Crosby will not give no praise to the other side. He still refuses to acknowledge the play of Varly. Instead of saying how good of a net minder Varly is, Crosby will say that they didn't take advantage of opportunities. I hope the Caps whip the pants off them this next game to shut Crosby's arrogant mouth.

Posted by: ivyleague | May 7, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Weren't both teams playing on that poor ice? Isn't it whining to complain about officiating and the ice when you lose?

Posted by: jayhum | May 7, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

well part of the issue with the penalties is that we are getting beat and the only way make up for it is grasp with a hook or slash and hope it doesnt get called. caps need to concentrate more and try not to get desperate and make plays like that

Posted by: MondoTE11 | May 7, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Orpik is a joke if he thinks that penalty on Dupuis was "marginal".

Posted by: decoy13 | May 7, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Weren't both teams playing on that poor ice? Isn't it whining to complain about officiating and the ice when you lose?

Posted by: jayhum | May 7, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Clearly you are a Pens fan. The article points out how both teams complained about the ice. OV didn't blame the loss on the ice; it was an objective observation.

As for penalties, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to see that the officiating was lobsided. Either the Caps were called for too many or the Pens for too few, but there was clearly a double standard.

Good win for you guys. See you in Game 4.

Posted by: crazycarl16 | May 7, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

the joke about dupuis penalty was that the versus guys automatically thought it was on the caps. i almost jumped through my tv.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 7, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

typical pens....let me complain about 1 of the 2 caps against them all game

Posted by: _stevo | May 7, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I think what we all can take from this is the didnt play there best but yet , they made to overtime when the pens obviously played better, this series could easily be 3-0 if things went the caps way

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | May 7, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

The ice at the igloo is terrible because they've been scheduling events on non-hockey nights, whereas apparently Ted has tied up Old Abe and locked him away somewhere. The Phone Booth has been dark every non-hockey night I've walked by since the first round.

Remember, Pittsburgh is the reason we have to play back-to-back games, because they scheduled a Yanni concert, when they weren't supposed to be scheudling anything during the playoffs. Yanni!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 7, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

It's disappointing to watch a game when the Caps don't play to their potential but it's even harder when the broadcasters on VS make it worse.

Mike Emrick and his color guy were terrible. Couldn't get the players name correct. On occasion, he called Fleishman Bradley, called Poti Jurcina. Said Nylander hadn't been on the ice and he noticed he was moved up to the 1st line in the 3rd Period when in fact he was on the 4th Line. Was insistent that Federov hurt his wrist when it was clear he caught the butt end of Orpik's stick in the ribs. "Numerous" other mistakes were made as well. He's well past his prime. It reminded me on listening to the Rangers broadcast when I was a kid and hearing Bill "The Big Whistle" Chadwick mumbling and bumbling near the end of his career.

VS would do good by giving Mike the heave ho and sign someone like Gary Thorne to take his place.

Maybe Joe B. wasn't giving the call since he's our guy. With it being a national broadcast, I know he would not have been a homer for us. He's very professional.

Posted by: puckman | May 7, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

When Crosby loses he whines, when Ovie loses he compliments the other team (just not geno) saying the deserved to win. Ovie has class, Crosby is still a child.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | May 7, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

The reason Versus channel sucks in our area is cause we get the pennsylvania feed...I think Joe B or someone better does it for the west coast...They really suck and make it unpleasant to watch...not to mention how they are COMPLETLEY for the makes me sick...and on our 2nd powerplay when backis scored they were like calling us for the penalty when it was so obvious it was called on the pens.
It's like the Caps vs Pens/Refs/Commentators=not Fun

Posted by: masterx09 | May 7, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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