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Ovechkin was getting chirped by a 20-year-old rookie last night

Mar 19, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

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Chicago rookie Andrew Shaw has 28 NHL games on his resume. More than enough, apparently, to chirp Alex Ovechkin.

Shaw scored twice in yesterday’s 5-2 Blackhawks victory over the Capitals, during which he and Ovechkin engaged in a running conversation.

“I was in his ear all game,” Shaw said, as per the Washington Times. “I kind of shut him up when I put my second one in.”

Ego wise, it’s been a tough road trip for Ovechkin. Friday in Winnipeg, Jets fans chanted “Crosby’s better” at him. Two days later he’s getting chirped by a 20-year-old fifth-rounder (or “19th-rounder,” according to Patrick Kane).

The Caps are in Detroit tonight. Ovechkin is expected to unlock his bedroom door by game time.

  1. cheers4ablumpkin - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    He’s still the best player in the game. He gives it his all every game. That 20 year old still has a lot to prove. Lol

    • miketoasty - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      He’s no longer the best in the game. As of right now that would belong to Stamkos or Datsyuk, but my nod goes to Datsyuk.

      • bcs1283 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        Giroux and Malkin should be in the discussion as well.

      • miketoasty - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        @bcs1283 I am a Pens fan and will admit Datsyuk is better than Malkin, guy just does everything right.

    • letangusespertplus - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Dude isn’t even the best player on his team anymore.

    • bcs1283 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      I’m not sure that he does give it his all every game. Even if he does, he certainly isn’t giving it his all in practices and the off season to get better. Clearly, the league has adjusted to him and Ovie hasn’t made adjustments to be as dominant as he once was.

    • njdevils44 - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      He is not the best player in the game and hasn’t been the same since the habs lose in the playoffs he with the rest of the team haven’t been the same

    • kingw21 - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      The changes the Caps made in management did little for him, or probably the team in general. I watched Dale Hunter as a kid when he played in Washington, but hiring him to be the Head Coach of an NHL team when he had experience only at the junior level was a public relations stunt… Nothing more, nothing less.
      But if someone told you tomorrow that you could have Ovechkin on your favorite team, I can’t imagine too many GMs turning down the possibility

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:12 PM

      Not sure if I ever would have called Ovechkin the best player in the game.

  2. 2qswing - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    If there is any leader in the Hawks room they might want to pull this punk aside and have a chat. Personally I could care less about Ovechkin but rookies dont yap at all-start.
    Note to NBS Sports. Thanks for not subjecting us to the Caps tonight. I never saw so much attention to such an un inspired, under achieving, boring team. 3 times a week we get to watch (or not watch) these guys. Lots of great stories in the NHL this year. Caps are not one of them

    • stoneegratz - Mar 19, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      You are brutal. That “punk” was probably celebrated in the dressing room for getting under ovies skin, being a rookie. Yeah, captain Toews is gonna get real mad for getting ovie off his game. Heres the conversation. “Uhh, hey rook, uhh dont get under ovies skin, hes a vet.” said Toews. “Toews, grow a set” – rest of locker room. Chirping is a part of hockey. We learn to skate, then chirp. Shaw is that much dirtier now that i read this story.

    • pfpmb - Mar 19, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      Ovie technically wasn’t an NHL All Star this year. While the NHL All Star break was on, Ovie was All Starring in a sausage party in Florida. Everyone’s seen the photos.

  3. 2qswing - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    “all stars” sorry

  4. ll8078 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    easily 5 maybe 10 players in the NHL better than Ovie.

    • djamesbart - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      there are 3 on the Pittsburgh Penguins

  5. rarelyshaves - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    shaw and bollig are just what this team needed

  6. watermelon1 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    YEEEAH, you really shut him up when he abused one of your best defensemen and put in a
    Goal of his own.

    Look, you can hate on Ovechkin all you want because the media would not shut up about him for years.

    But the bottom line is… He’s on a horrible team. He’s been on a horrible team for years. And he used to mask the fact that his team was horrible by being absolutely amazing on the ice

    But teams just focus their entire defense towards Ovechkin now and it’s pretty easy to stop one guy like that.

    The caps STILL have no defense after all these years, and it’s hard to tell of the goaltending is up to par or not since the defense is horrible.

    Backstrom is pretty good, but he’s not a scorer. They really lack another scoring option but it’s not nearly as vital as some defense.

    • chiadam - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      5 – 2. Now shut up. Oh, and Shaw outscored him. Keep shutting up.

  7. johnnyru131 - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    On Shaw’s 1st goal Ovi just glided towards down the ice. Only until there was a scramble did he actually hustle to “try” and play defense but by the Keith shot it and Shaw tipped it in. I can understand though if he’s frustrated how he might not be putting 100% effort.

  8. kantnockdahustle89 - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Clearly center is the most important position and always has the best players. The fact that Ovechkin was the best player in the league speaks volumes on how good he was at the time. We know that wingers are rarely hailed as the best players in the league. With that said Ovechkin is/has been playing on a defense first team for two years now. Clearly this isnt his style and isnt the style that best fits the Capitals.

    This kid has a pair and thats good but to say he “shut him up” seems a little bit cocky. First two goal game in his career and he thinks he can play with the best? Not yet kid.

    And yes…why are the Capitals on NBC every week? Its ridiculous.

  9. drewsylvania - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Brad Marchand 2.0 minus the clips?

    • danphipps01 - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      Jesus. That’s a frightening prospect. A clean-hitting Marchand would be enraging to play against, especially if his scoring touch develops into what Marchand has.

      • drewsylvania - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        Alas, Shaw looks to be a decent center but his history does not suggest the kind of scoring talent as Marchand.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:02 PM

      ***hurt downthumbers, I see.

  10. govtminion2 - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    This girl just ain’t the same. To me this is an obvious case of no longer using steroids. Ever since the last olympics ovi has slowly withered away. Coincidence? I think not

  11. blomfeld - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:50 PM


    Not only is Ovechkin a lazy, childish, parasitic, imbecile … as well, he’s a complete and utter disgrace to all of the glorious Soviet greats who’ve preceded him ! He and his ilk make me sick to my stomach and they’re at direct odds with “that” which I’ve always known Soviet hockey to be …

  12. gilbertcapsfan94 - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Andrew shah sounds like a cocky little rookie that is going to find him self in a bad plase in the media in his future… As a caps fan I will admit there are plenty of other players better than Ovi…. But as for u kantnockdahustle89 ur ignorant and need to do ur research how in the world can u say that the team has been horrible for years???!!! Yea team was bad but so u wen watch hockey??? Didn’t they come like just a few games close to beating the senators record for longest win streak??? How many times have they been on top of the entire league??? Granit this is just the past couple years but that’s a HUGE accomplishment from where they were… What 4 consecutive division tittles!!!! U obviously don’t know what ur talking about so shut up u stupid uneducated crap!!!

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