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Ovechkin's three hits in 12 seconds

Montreal's first-minute goal on Monday night prevented us all from nattering about the performance turned in by Alex Ovechkin earlier in that minute.

You'll recall that his apparently passive style had gotten a lot of ink after Thursday night's Game 1 loss.

"I don't know why, but last game, I don't feel that power or something," Ovechkin said after that game. "It's not about Montreal. It's all about me."

"The top guys on the team, the guys that play the most minutes, usually have an infectious [effect]," Brooks Laich said at the same time. "If you see the top guys running and gunning and playing hard and playing defense, it really inspires the other guys."

Well, it didn't take long for the power and the running and the gunning to return. Let's call it 12 seconds.




Ovechkin comes on the ice with 19:24 on the clock. With 19:23 on the clock, he's already lined up his first victim: Marc-Andre Bergeron.




And, contact. Ovechkin seems to have gotten the better of this collision. "It was Bergeron, my first hit, and you know, he's not that strong [a] guy," Ovechkin said later. "It was mentally good for me."




Bergeron decides to take a breather on the ice. Ovechkin, meanwhile, moves on, since his current ratio of one hit per two seconds is slightly disappointing.




Say, there's someone wearing the wrong color uniform. What say I throw my body into his, just sort of for the heck of it?




Look ma! No feet!




Ovechkin outweighs Andrei Markov by about 25 pounds. Markov loses this particular collision. Now he, too, figures he'd best recoup from ice-level.




It's now been at least one or maybe two seconds since Ovechkin has made contact with enemy flesh. And he's feeling a bit lonely. Realizing that the action seems to have returned to the boards, where it first began, he punches up a new flight plan. ETA is maybe 1.4 seconds from now. Buckle your seat belts, and by all means tuck away those carry-on items.




Hey guys, what's up? Can I play, too?




Well, the attempt sort of glanced off Scott Gomez, and this time, no one falls down. Not for lack of effort, though.




And 12 seconds after Ovechkin's shift started, he skates away from the bodies, touching his hand to his head possibly to tip his hat to the crowd, or maybe to make sure his head is still there.

After the game, of course, Ovechkin made light of the suggestion that he was out for a pound of Canadien bacon.

"Strategy? Just destroy people?" he said with a laugh. "No, no my job's to score goals. And if I have a chance to hit somebody, I'm gonna hit him."

Or three somebodies. In 12 seconds. Either way.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 19, 2010; 12:28 PM ET
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Comments

Second hit's a penalty. Can't leave your feet.

Posted by: TheFunBunch | April 19, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Good job glorifying a hit where he leaves his feet. That's known as a penalty in hockey. I know hockey isn't really DC Sports Bog's bag, but this is a pretty basic rule.

Can't wait to hear what all the OV apologists have to say.

Posted by: Hoserz | April 19, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I though the same thing too at first seeing the still, and I don't know if the following is accurate and can't check tape on that play. But in the pic before you see the puck moving towards the net at an angle. It could be possible that he was leaping forward to play the puck.

You can see his hands are down on his stick. Normally if a player is jumping someone they're leading with their hands towards the player, not down in a shot ready position.

Posted by: sordidvox | April 19, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I, too, thought the second hit could have been whistled. It was certainly more of an infraction than the two-game penalty he got in Chicago.

Posted by: 74umgrad1 | April 19, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

sure, leaving your feet is supposed to be charging. it's on the refs to call it, and they have to see it to call it. people get a way with not quite legal hits all the time. big deal.

it's not like the league is shy about going after ovechkin for his on-ice behavior. no one cares, guys.

Posted by: whmaurer | April 19, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm so shocked an NHL ref may have missed a call. WOW

Posted by: capsfansince74 | April 19, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

did you guys not watch the game?

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 19, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Good job glorifying a hit where he leaves his feet. That's known as a penalty in hockey. I know hockey isn't really DC Sports Bog's bag, but this is a pretty basic rule.

Can't wait to hear what all the OV apologists have to say.

Posted by: Hoserz | April 19, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

i would say you shouldnt judge a play from a screen capture. you should also note the position of #21's stick in relation to ov's feet and also where the puck is. i would also say markov should watch out and habs fans should not be whining so much about the refs. it's unbecoming of a team who spent the first 60+ years of its existence having a monopoly on all great young canadian hockey players.

would you like to see a screen capture of the first tripping call against the caps v camilleri? i think you would agree that was a bad call too if you took off your bleu, blanc, rouge glasses.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 19, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

@ Good job glorifying a hit where he leaves his feet. That's known as a penalty in hockey. I know hockey isn't really DC Sports Bog's bag, but this is a pretty basic rule.

Can't wait to hear what all the OV apologists have to say.

Posted by: Hoserz | April 19, 2010 12:47 PM

Refs missed a call? No Way....I am sure if you a Habs fan this is one of the look the other way non calls, because they want the Caps to win.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | April 19, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

We need to get Ovie to work with the recievers on the Skins so he can get the toe drag in ,just to make sure its a legal hit.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | April 19, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

"Can't wait to hear what all the OV apologists have to say."

Ok, I'll give it a go. How about this? The contact is shoulder to shoulder, so it's not a penalty.

A lot of really hard checks in hockey actually require the checker to lift his skates off the ice to avoid toppling over in the aftermath. If the skates are planted the upper body will rebound but not the lower, and you will go over like a sack of potatoes. Guys lift their skates off the ice so that the skates rebound with them and they land on their feet.

The refs are looking for point of impact up top, head shots are illegal, shoulder to shoulder is textbook. Whether the skates are on the ice or not is irrelevant.

Posted by: uranderson | April 19, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"Good job glorifying a hit where he leaves his feet. That's known as a penalty in hockey. I know hockey isn't really DC Sports Bog's bag, but this is a pretty basic rule.

Can't wait to hear what all the OV apologists have to say."

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It's not legal to leave your feet before making contact with an opposing player. It is perfectly legal to leave your feet after making contact with an opposing player. That still was taken mid-hit, so you can't really tell when OV left his feet.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 19, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

So what good exactly were those two hits, what does it prove?

Can't you show the screenshot from the next 30 seconds? Yeah, the one where the Caps gave a goal while Ovi was jumping all over the Habs offensive zone?

And the Markov's hit was definitely a(nother) missed call.

Posted by: iam73 | April 19, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Still screen or not.
Penalty or not.
He still whooped on those guys.
& well he set the tone.
Of which 6-5 was the results.
Nice try there figure skating fans.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

why no video? screen caps are boring. i want to see ovi light up those habs in realtime!

Posted by: shaveman | April 20, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Some people who post on this board need to learn the rules of hockey. The rule isn't that you can't leave your feet. The rule is that you can't leave your feet BEFORE MAKING CONTACT. You can't tell from the picture whether Ovechkin did that or not. If he left his feet after making contact, perfectly legal hit.

Posted by: poguesmahone | April 20, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

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