Pierre McGuire and Mad 'Dog' Mike analyzing Alex Ovechkin play...
"If he plays like the best, if he scores like the best, he's the best."
Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury analyzing Ovechkin, Crosby and Malkin.
Who's the dog this year? Well... Detroit... This how the conversation ended.. bwahaha
But there's a truth there, Detroit is boring, look at empty seats in Joe Louis Arena. Nick Lidstrom? I don't remember who was it, but he said, "The only emotion I've ever seen in Lidstrom was when he raised his eyebrows losing in poker".
WASHINGTON (AP) -Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals put their biggest rival firmly in the rear view mirror Sunday, thumping Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 5-2 victory that included a dismissive goodbye wave from one superstar to the other.
Ovechkin scored his league-leading 43rd goal, one of five Capitals to find the net, and Washington chased goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period in a blowout that should settle any doubt the tide has turned in a series that used to be one-sided in favor of the Penguins.
The game's other highlight came in the final minute of the second period, when Ovechkin gave Crosby a nudge with the shoulder as both skated the benches. Crosby retaliated by pushing Ovechkin's upper body over the boards at the Capitals' bench.
Ovechkin then took his arm and gave Crosby a squeeze around the neck, and Crosby's helmet came off as linesman Greg Devorski stepped in to break up the two.
Crosby was clearly agitated and continued to be restrained by Devorski.
Listen what I say
Bye bye, bye bye
Meanwhile, Ovechkin took his spot on the Capitals bench, smiled and gave Crosby a "Bye bye" wave with his left hand.
The sellout crowd and national television audience came to see Ovechkin, Crosby and Evgeni Malkin - three of the top scorers in the NHL - but Crosby and Malkin had to settle for one assist apiece on Gonchar's goal.
A rare thing happened today that happens very seldom in the nature... Crosby Schmosby got a primary assist today from Malkin Schmulkin who got a secondary one. Those legendary assist geniuses lead the NHL. Bravo!
As has become somewhat of an Olympic sport when the Penguins come to D.C., the Sidney Crosby mockery is in overdrive today.
Sid also had an altercation with Alexander Ovechkin near the end of the second period -- jostling the Capitals star near the benches. The small but memorable moment ended with Crosby without a helmet and Ovechkin dismissively waving a glove at him.
"The lip service going toward Crosby has been over the top here this afternoon."
~ Pierre McGuire, from “between the benches” in DC.
Ovechkin, Caps continue to own Crosby, Pens
Or Crosby was Ovechkin's bitch again... :-)
Corey Masisak, TWT:
Twice Ovechkin and Crosby came nose-to-nose and traded shoves and verbal jabs. One time late in the second period, Ovechkin knocked Crosby's helmet off and then shooed him to the Penguins bench with a flick of wrist.
“Yeah, well he started it,” Bruce Boudreau said of Crosby. “Sidney was jawing at everybody. Every time he came off, you could see our bench talking to him and him talking to our bench. I think he got frustrated that he wasn’t getting the freedom he’s had before in previous games in this building.”
Said Crosby: "“I was skating to the bench and he pushed me from behind so I gave him a shot back. That’s hockey and he likes to run around these days. That was it.”
Capitals Insider, WaPo:
*Sergei Fedorov recorded his first multi-point game in eight contests with an assist and the game-winning goal against the Penguins. His goal from the high slot came after Semin made a nice play to steal the puck from Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal at the blue line.
"We forecheck together and Semin read it very well," Fedorov said. "(He) step up and cover the blue line and I knew he might pass to me so I just support him and then he give it to me. After that I don't remember much. I just swing at the puck and fire away."
*Fedorov now has four points (1G, 3A) in the past four games. "He looked good today," Boudreau said. "The more Sergei plays, the stronger he gets. We need that offensive second line center that he brings to the game. The intangibles he brings every night and when he's on top of his game like that he's a pretty good player still."
DC Sports Bog:
Sidney Crosby was asked by Washington Post consultant Stephen Ball whether Alex Ovechkin's celebratory antics ever cross the line.
"I don't like it personally, but that's him," Crosby said. "And like it or lump it, that's what he does. Some people like it, some people don't. Personally, I don't like it, but you know what, he's a good player."
NBC's Pierre McGuire, situated between the benches, suggested on air that some of the Capitals' "lip service" directed toward Crosby in particular was excessive, though he was unable to get more specific, presumably due to FCC regulations.
After the game, Crosby was asked about the words thrown in his direction from the Caps; "that's always the case," he said. "You know, it doesn't change from team to team."
Crosby was also asked about his second-period shoving match with Ovechkin; "I don't know, I was skating to the bench and he pushed me from behind so I just gave him a shot back," Crosby said. "That's hockey, and he likes to run around these days, so that was it."
"It was not a cheap shot," Ovechkin said. "It was a game moment. If he don't like it, it's his problem."
More Crosby? Sure, he's what he said about Ovechkin's play: "He had a couple good chances and he's out there hitting guys like he normally does," Crosby said. A reporter said it seemed like Crosby was unhappy with Ovechkin at times, and asked whether it was "just hockey."
"Yeah," Crosby said, "I guess."
Meantime, McGuire was rushing out of the building to catch a flight, but I briefly asked him about the cross-ice jabbering he had referenced.
"Same as it always is," McGuire said. "It's the NHL. Guys compete and they say stuff."
So, nothing unusual?
"No," he said. "It was a little more towards Sidney than usual. It's a competition-type game. They want to get in his head. They want to play with him. But no, it's normal, it's the way it is. Guys compete and it's a very big rivalry....The intensity levels are huge, especially when you have rivalry-type situations. Pittsburgh-Washington's a huge rivalry, and you've got proud guys like Crosby and Ovechkin competing against one another. Stuff happens."
I asked McGuire how much of the stuff he hears is unfit to repeat over the air; "Most," he said. "Most of it cannot be repeated. I mean, guys compete."
Sid The Kid's postgame... (I almost felt sorry for him... :-)
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