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Brodeur shuts down Ovechkin in shootout showdown

Dec 23, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

The Washington Capitals played poorly enough to get called out by goalie Michal Neuvirth tonight, but despite falling behind 3-0 and looking listless, the Caps got to a shootout against the New Jersey Devils. The Devils are devilishly efficient in the skills competition, though, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they took the 4-3 win.

The eye-brow raising moment came when Martin Brodeur stoned Alex Ovechkin during that shootout, though. Peter DeBoer made a “showdown at the OK Corral” reference regarding that memorable scene – and I’m pretty sure he wasn’t making a stealth dig about how both stars have been producing such mediocre work so far this season.

  1. bcjim - Dec 24, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Pathetic effort. Neuvirth is 100% right.

    Why this team cannot motivate itself is beyond me. They have shown is several recent 3rd periods that they can be as explosive as ever.

    Just come ready to play. Please????

    I will say, Semin played a pretty good game. Keep it up.

    • polegojim - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:28 AM

      Pathetic is right. Let’s see, I’ll shoot DIRECTLY at his glove hand. Brilliant!!!

      Pay me now, I’ll play later…. that’s the point.

      How do you motivate a multi-millionaire athlete who just has to show up to keep getting paid?

      There is nothing of substance tied to winning. I’ll bet if all players received a base salary, THEN tie huge bonuses to 1) making the playoffs; 2) winning their division; 3) leading the league in performance categories; 4) winning each playoff series; 5) winning conference; 6) winning the Cup…. you’d see a LOT different play from guys like O.

      Teams rely on a players drive to win. Face it, O doesn’t have more than an ember of fire in his belly. Keep cashing the checks O, keep mailing in the games.

      • dcfan4life - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:35 AM

        Clearly spoken by someone who doesnt watch Capitals games. I hope you didnt waste too much time writing a post any true hockey fan and especially Caps fan will regard as idiotic…

      • bcjim - Dec 24, 2011 at 10:29 AM

        I’m not sure he doesn’t have a valid point on some level.

        Lets see I’m an NHL player, I make $3M (lets say) and I either wrap it up in April…or I work my @ss off for 2 more brutal months….for no more money.

        Hmm….I can easily see how many guys would take the former.

      • dcfan4life - Dec 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM

        I agree that many players may not really be that motivated in the playoffs especially if there hurt and are not really into the game they play (yes some professional athletes hate their jobs), but i was saying that in no way is Ovechkin one of them. And anyone who watches caps games knows that. He may get caught focussing too much on offense and not defense, but i dont think anyone can say that this guy doesnt want to win every game really badly.

      • danphipps01 - Dec 24, 2011 at 5:19 PM

        The hell we can’t. He tends to use the same fairly small array of moves to score. He’ll break out on occasion, try something uncommon, but he’s got some decidedly signature ways of scoring. Or would, if they still worked. Right now he’s going to have to pick it up to score thirty goals. Fifty’s pretty much right out. Part of that is, of course, a dial-back in the Caps’ general offensive strategy. And part is that other teams run their top shutdown guys against him, but then, they’ve done that for years. Didn’t stop him two or three years ago. Sure as hell does now. But that’s not everything and only someone truly in denial would say that Ovi’s out there playing as hard as he used to. He’s started both hitting and shooting more by comparison to earlier this year, but he is NOT playing like he did. First he pretty much laid it at the feet of Boudreau. Now Boudreau’s gone, and he’s still not improving. And that’s, I think, the real problem – what Ovi want, Ovi gets, no questions asked. He got the biggest annual salary in the NHL, the captaincy and his coach fired, and both of the latter two things have taken place amidst a plunge in performance. They’ve given him everything he wants without hesitation and there’s really nothing left to motivate him.

        So, coming from this true hockey fan, no, that post wasn’t idiotic. I’m not a Caps fan, true enough, but then, if I was, someone would find me and kill me after posting this. Criticizing Ovi in Washington is basically not allowed. I suppose it makes sense – the team’s put their entire future in him, so if he doesn’t carry them, well, they won’t win for about the next decade or so, but even so – (a lot of, not all) Caps fans are fanatical about him. Every failure to perform is someone else’s fault. Sure makes it easy for a guy to half-ass his games when he knows that absolutely no real criticism will come from the home crowd.

  2. dcfan4life - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    The lackluster early game efforts have been a staple of this team going back to plenty of games last season. I truly feel its the lack of leadership in the locker room. Ovechkins a great player who will find his groove again, but a great captain he is not. I am not sure who is the vocal leader in the locker room who could take those reigns, but it needs to be someone else.

  3. gianthatr - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    It should have always been Brooks Laich. He’s the captain of that team and should be there vocal leader. Ovie should go back to an A and let Brooks be the captain. There were rumors of it earlier in the year and rumors come from some kind of truth so…

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