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Has Ovechkin's reputation suffered after suspension?

Mar 23, 2010, 6:05 PM EST

Bruce Boudreau was on 93.7 The Fan earlier today in advance of
tomorrow night’s EPIC matchup between the Penguins and Capitals, and
among a wide variety of topics he discussed the reputations of both
Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. Specifically, he was asked whether
Ovechkin’s suspensions have tarnished his reputation at all.
Via Dan Steinberg’s DC Sports Blog:

“In
Pittsburgh, maybe,” Boudreau cracked. “Look, we all love him here in
Washington. I don’t know. He plays hard. And when you play as hard
every night as he does, things are gonna happen. He got suspended and
reprimanded and everything, but the same thing can be said about Sidney.
I mean, you look a the end of last night’s game, which happens a lot.
[Crosby] competes so hard, I mean, he ends up in that scrum at the end. I
don’t think his image of being a great player is tarnished by the
amount of little feuds he’s gotten into in the course of this year. But I
mean, Ovi’s suspensions are again nationwide, or two nations
wide, and you hear it all the time. It may have, I have no idea. Not to us,
that’s all I know.”

Over the past few weeks I’ve
found it interesting how Penguins fans have turned Ovechkin’s suspension
into a battle cry that Crosby is that much better, much more of a
classy player. Crosby plays the game with just as much emotion as
Ovechkin and he plays it right there on the edge as well — as evidenced
by his endless cross checking of Henrik Zetterberg last night.

Steinberg
would go on to discuss regional bias and how it affect’s one’s views of
Crosby and Ovechkin. Has Ovechkin’s reputation taken a hit nationally
because of this latest suspension? I’m sure it hasn’t helped, but I
doubt a number of neutral hockey fans suddenly turned tail and ran over
to Crosby’s side of the playground.

  1. Wangedwing - Mar 24, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    gotta agree with Brandon on this one. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a Wings fan, so, I’m probably somewhat biased. First, Ovenchicken, should’ve been suspended, and was, the suspension length was appropriate considering his history..in fact, it may have been lenient. Crosby, he plays hard, but, he’s still young, and he does let his emotions get the better of him, I think, a bit easier than he should…that may change as he matures (he’s still a young kid at 23..I mean, how many of us knew what the hell we were doin at 23, or, were calm cool and collected all the time) Now, I’m not a Crosby fan, be the first to admit that too. I think he’s a talent, make no mistake, the guy can play, I just don’t think he’s all that and a bag of chips. I think Henrik Zetterberg is more complete, can score, and is awesome defensively, Pavel Datsyuk would also rank above Syd because of his all around play..not to mention that he can take the puck away from anybody, and is always a threat to score…Its not a fluke that he’s won the lady bing 4 times either, he plays clean. Not to mention, but I will here because I can, He is usually in the top 10 for points, and assists..he’s the complete package if you ask me..if he was a little bigger, we wouldn’t even be talking about Crosby, or Ovenchinkin (sorry, can’t help myself with that last name…I crack myself up each time I do it) While many would disagree with me, You’d just have to watch him for a few games..okay, enough of the Pavel fan club. sorry, got off track…and, I think I’m done here..thanks, and good night. (don’t forget to tip your waiters/waitresses)

  2. littlebopeep - Mar 24, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    what ever your smoking wange…I want some.

  3. BigPaul - Mar 24, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Alex can take a hit and has been “pushed” into the boards far worse then the Campbell boarding everybody is so excited about. The difference is Alex got up and played some more. Sid would have been carried away….there are hockey player and then there are REAL hockey players.

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