Caps fire back at Plekanec
Really doesn't take long to get playoff media feuds up and running nowadays. I blame the bloggers.
The D.C. press corps descended on Caps practice today, and figured hell, let's ask players about that Tomas Plekanec quote slighting Jose Theodore, because that's like the easiest story line ever, and hey, shouldn't DeShawn Stevenson and/or Jay Z figure into this somehow?
"I'm not gonna say nothing," Alex Ovechkin replied. "If someone want to say something, they just can say it. We'll see....How I said, why I want to talk about who's best, who's not? When you're gonna play against somebody, you're gonna see it. So you can talk whatever you want, you can think whatever you want, but if you play, it's gonna be different."
I'm pretty sure if Ovechkin were like 10 percent more fluent in English, he would be a world-class dispenser of smack. Like, Glenn Beck-level. Regardless, next up is Brooks Laich.
"Whatever," he said, which is about the perfect one-word response. "They can say what they want. We don't really care what they say. We play the way we play, and we have confidence in everyone in this room."
In case you were wondering what a perfectly non-offensive way to describe an opponent might be, Laich went on to describe the Habs.
"I think they have a winning record against us this year," he said. "They play us very, very tight, and the games, I think they've had the lead with a minute left three times or something in the season series. A very, very good hockey team, and their forwards have a lot of speed, and they attack nets. Even though they're not very big, they attack nets. Halak has been playing fantastic for them, so they're a very good hockey team. And we're going to have to be at our best, our very best, to beat them....
"Even when we were a 3 seed or a 2 seed, or if we're a 7 seed, we don't think of it as a seed. The home-ice advantage is nice, but we play just to beat the other hockey team. Once you step on the ice, the seeds, they don't matter, and being a number 1 seed puts a big target on your back. Just like March Madness, everyone wants to knock off the no. 1 teams and see those guys fall. But we compare ourselves only against ourselves. We don't compare ourselves against other teams....We look at ourselves and how we play and are concerned about that."
Try pasting that puppy up on a bulletin board. You'd drift off and start thinking about Justin Bieber before you even got to the end of it. Hold up, Bruce Boudreau, anything to add about Plekanec's boast that the Habs aren't facing Ryan Miller or Marty Brodeur?
"They're not," the coach said. "They're facing Jose. And I'll take Jose's record the last 23 games over those two guys."
As for Theodore, he offered this beauty: "Tomas who? Jagr? Oh, Plekanec. OK. I thought you meant Jagr....No, I'm not [Miller or Brodeur]. They are two of the best goalies in the league....I'm just lucky to be part of a good team."
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