Ovechkin: "Don't stop playing how you play"
Alex Ovechkin met the D.C. media for the first time since his second career suspension on Monday afternoon, and I figured it was worth asking him whether he's paid attention to the massive media buzz over his style of play.
"No, I just, I know what guys can say: Maybe it was a good hit, maybe it was a bad hit." Ovechkin said. "Everybody has his own mind. And if you're gonna listen to everybody, you're gonna be just crazy. You can kill yourself. And so I think it happens, and it's pretty sad [Brian Campbell] get hurt, but it's life, it's hockey."
NBC Washington's Dan Hellie than asked for the best piece of advice he's heard on this matter: "Don't stop playing how you play," Ovechkin said.
He was also asked whether Bruce Boudreau has talked to him yet about how he plays in the wake of the Campbell incident.
"You know, he just told me it's a game, and everybody told me it's a game, and I know it's a game," Ovechkin said. "Anything can happen. You can see the game against Calgary, puck goes to the net and [Daymond Langkow] was hurt, so you never know what's gonna happen. Maybe puck, maybe stick, maybe skate, maybe a hit. You never know who's gonna do it. You just have to keep playing, and how like I say all the time, nobody wants to get hurt, nobody wants to make an injury to somebody, but that happens."
As for his actual play, Tarik wrote a story Monday morning about Ovechkin's chances for a third straight MVP award this season, and Bruce Boudreau again dealt with the subject after the team's practice, when asked if his star was more or less deserving this year.
"He just is," Boudreau said. " I mean, whether he's more or less, he is the MVP. I mean, plus , leading the league in scoring, in goals and assists ,and played 11 fewer games than anybody else. To me, it's self-evident. And we had a good record without him, but our record with him isn't bad either. That's why we're nine points up on anybody else in the league."
March 22, 2010; 12:59 PM ET
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