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Great expectorations: Dorsett says Ovechkin spit at him

Jan 4, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

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If you’re wondering why Columbus’ Derek Dorsett was going after Alex Ovechkin with added vigor during their game on New Year’s Eve, now we understand why.

Dorsett tells Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers Blog that Ovechkin did a little more than trash talk him to get him fired up and get each other thrown in the penalty box. Instead, Dorsett says Ovechkin spit on him to light his fire.

“That’s why I was yelling at the ref so much and yelling at him in the penalty box,” Dorsett said. “I find that pretty disrespectful. That’s probably one of the most disrespectful things someone can do, especially a guy who is the best player in the league. It’s classless. He’s supposed to be a role model for the game. It’s unbelievable.”

Of course, Ovechkin denies the allegation to Katie Carrera of The Washington Post.

“No, no, no. I don’t know. Show me that moment, I want to see it. No.”

It’s a “he said-he said” matter right now, but Dorsett reacted frantically after the two came together for matching minor penalties as if something rotten happened. Is Ovechkin the sort of player to do this kind of thing in the heat of battle? Is any player capable of doing that?

Thanks to our friends at, here’s video of Dorsett and Ovechkin getting together with Dorsett blowing his top.

  1. drewsylvania - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    At least he didn’t try to give him rabies a la Burrows the Biter.

    • michiganhockey11 - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM


    • elvispocomo - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      Let me get this straight, you’re saying Dorsett had to have stuck his face in Ovi’s mouth to get spit on?

  2. abrienza428 - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    You can’t believe anything Dorsett says. Nothing he said is credible once he labeled Ovechkin “the best player in the league.”

    • stakex - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      If Ovechkin keeps playing like he has over the last 10 games, you might be eating those words at the end of the season. Perhaps a big if, but not an impossible if.

  3. xxshookonexx - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Is Ovechkin the sort of player to do this kind of thing in the heat of battle? Is any player capable of doing that?

    Yes, next question

    • michiganhockey11 - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      “Nah man, I reckon you get your @ss kicked for doing something like that”.

  4. drewsylvania - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Hey headline writer: There’s a big difference between “spit on” and “spit at”.

  5. rsl22 - Jan 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    It’s been a few days since this happened, why wait to make that sort of accusation?

    Also, every ovechkin play is followed by four “ovechcams”….where’s the video?

    • stakex - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Exactly. If this actually did happen, there would be video of it.

      Lacking any sort of proof, there is no way this can be seen as credible.

  6. acieu - Jan 4, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Feckin Columbus Blue Jacket players should worry about winning

  7. realistik84 - Jan 4, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    My friend works in hospitality and the hotel he manages houses many of the NHL teams coming in to play the local team.

    When Capitals came early last week, Ovechkin and team were sitting at table eating and Ovie spilled a drink on his shirt. My buddy got consulted to go over, and offered a Bleach pen and to take care of it. Ovie flipped his lid and made a scene and denied the offer. Buddy walks away. 2 minutes later he is walking by and notices Ovechkin sitting at the table with NO shirt on getting ripped on by all the other teammates.

    Grade A Docuhe…

    • drewsylvania - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      To be fair, that’s one incident, but it doesn’t exactly endorse him.

      • stakex - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM

        Not to mention that “incident” is probably complete and utter BS.

        I always love those “My friend did/saw/heard” stories that people invent to make a point.

    • muhangis - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      perhaps if u could write in English we could understand your lame ass story, which probably is an exaggerated lie in the first place. And in the slight chance it isn’t, where is the sin Ovechkin committed?

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