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Video: Alex Ovechkin and a Habs kid

Apr 21, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

[Update: I've updated the headline, since a number of our readers feel I was just grasping for a story that's not there. We're not grasping for anything, or trying to make anything more of what it is. It's an interesting moment, to us, before the Capitals and Canadiens game where Ovechkin likely inadvertently sprayed one of the kids the Habs has on the ice before each game. Most likely, I will never mention this again. Did Carey Price have a bad moment himself for the Habs tonight, that actually affected the game? Yes, he did and we talked about it earlier tonight and will certainly cover it tomorrow.]

I’m just going to leave this out there for you guys. Personally, I don’t think Ovechkin did it on purpose but he certainly wasn’t paying attention to what he was doing as he came to a stop. Your thoughts?

  1. Tapeleg - Apr 21, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Yeah, because that’s what Alex Ovechkin does. It was probably the thrill of a lifetime for that kid. Sounds like something made of nothing, as usual.

  2. TJ98 - Apr 21, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    I doubt he meant to, it just doesn’t make any sense. Hopefully he apologized or made a gesture to the kid, as there is a 0.0% chance he didn’t know what he had (mistakenly) done.

  3. what? - Apr 21, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    Not even close. Do you really have nothing better to do?

  4. Pete - Apr 21, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    I don’t see why the media is making a big deal out of a stupid clip, kids are not supposed to be on the ice anyway during pre-game warm-up or at the time the game is about to start ( which I think it’s the case !!!!!!! ).

  5. Annie - Apr 22, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    It was a stupid thing to do whether he did it on purpose or not. If he meant to do it as a sign of disrespect, then he’s simply a terrible person. If he meant to do it good naturedly, then his stoic reaction afterward was bizarre. but intentions aside, he shouldn’t have been skating that fast in the first place. He could have seriously hurt that child if he lost his edge.
    It doesn’t matter though, because his supporters will excuse or ignore his behavior no matter what he does, just like they always do. I fear he’s going to have to end careers or kill a person before he really gets called on anything by the NHL.

  6. PensFan - Apr 22, 2010 at 6:38 AM

    You can complain about Ovechkin for some things, but this isn’t one of them. Nobody cares about trivia like this. Totally stupid to even raise it.
    Go Pens!

  7. NarlyVarly - Apr 22, 2010 at 7:30 AM

    bah hahaha. now that is funny. but really, if you look closly the spray didn’t even hit the kid, it goes off to the right. I have to say that was a pretty impressive stop.

  8. Celine Dion - Apr 22, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    A little guy in a Habs jersey blocking the caps bench — for a second he probably thought it was Gomez.

  9. Just say no - Apr 22, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Seriously, this is what they pay you to write about? I want your job…’at the 12 minute mark of period one did you see Gomez skate close to a Caps player after play had stopped? I mean, what was he thinking? He could have brushed against him. I hope he apologized afterward.’

  10. STLSpidey - Apr 22, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    I appreciate you removing your headline from last night. That shows a good level of maturity and a recognition that it was a bit over the top.
    At the risk of being your journalism professor, your job should be to report the news and draw conclusions from known facts (remember that part about corroborating sources?).
    I haven’t seen an interview with OV, and I haven’t seen an interview with the kid, so I don’t know what either was thinking or thinks now. But by linking to a you tube video with a clear, inflammatory (if not grammatically incorrect) title, and then twittering about it, you may have helped create the news. That’s not your job.
    I’m a Caps fan and, therefore biased, but I suspect the most likely story here is that OV had no idea the kid was there. He does this every game. In addition, if I was that kid, getting sprayed by Alex Ovechkin would be freakin’ way cool.
    Thanks — and keep up the good work.

  11. Brandon Worley - Apr 22, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    One thing I should have originally done was to give more opinion on the video, as we did this morning. And yes, we do try to reportthe news and give our take analysis of it. Is this ‘news’? Not exactly. But it was something interesting that was being talked about by nearly every one I follow on twitter. Therefore, let’s put it up, see what the reader’s thoughts might be.
    And yes, the original title was wrong to use and perhaps misleading. Did I make this into news? I doubt it. It was going to be talked aboutand linked to and mentioned in many other places. It’s on Puck Daddy this morning. Are they wrong for bringing it up?
    I think more substance to the post would have solved these issues. It’s a lesson you learn and move on.

  12. puckhead - Apr 22, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Sounds like a ballet mom, certainly not a hockey mom! Come on! The kids a hockey player. He can take it.

  13. John K - Apr 22, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Personally I know that Canadians are a little tougher than that. The kid would be in trouble if he went home to complain to his Dad that Ovechkin had given him an ice spray. Move on move on, nothing to see here.

  14. Dr. Puckenstein - Apr 23, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Of course he meant to. The game before he did the same thing, passing hair from the kid without stopping. Just more head games from the Caps. He knows the Habs are righ there in the tunnel. Just another example of trash vs class, like his momentous celebrations of the cinchiest of goals. Think Sidney Crosby would ever do something like that to a little kid?

  15. ROFL@Ovechkin - May 12, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    LOL @ Ovechkin! What a douche. Not only does he lead his #1 seeded team to failure against the #8 seeded team, he presents himself as the complete classless douchebag that he is while doing it.

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