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Ovechkin hustles back to thwart scoring chance, makes headlines

Mar 26, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

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Extra! Extra! Alex Ovechkin makes good defensive play!

Indeed, Ovi’s backcheck (video) Sunday in a 3-0 Capitals victory over Minnesota was so impressive (or surprising) that it made the pages of the Washington Times.

Washington had a 1-0 lead and a power play with the chance to put the offensively challenged Wild away. But when the puck bounced out to defenseman Dennis Wideman, he turned into a pylon as Minnesota forwards Mikko Koivu and Cal Clutterbuck streaked up the ice.

It was a two-on-one with Ovechkin as the one, usually a recipe for trouble. But Ovechkin didn’t quit on the play, poking the puck away from Koivu and preventing what could have been a momentum-turning short-handed goal.

Ovi’s commitment to defense has come under fire many times in the past – in fact, it came under fire Friday after Winnipeg scored in overtime (video). So while we’re not sure it’s a good thing that not quitting on a play earns a story in the newspaper…um…congratulations?

Related: Ovechkin’s belly-pat celebration is getting a lot of pub

  1. bergeronforselke - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    In a city that is doomed sports-wise with the Wizards, Caps and Redskins…..any good news is big news

    Sad really

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      The irony of a non-story reporting on a non-story is just too silly not to point out.

  2. watermelon1 - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    The real story here is the Caps FINALLY realized Holtby should be in net. After 10-2 last year I thought they’d keep him on but of course they ruined that. Now their hand was forced and hopefully they don’t make the same mistake twice. Keep this guy up, and stick with him. After the season, GET A DEFENSEMAN!

    • dougr42 - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      seriously. the kid is good.

  3. thehairychestsportsblog - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Nats will make the playoffs this year or next, RG3 is on his way to DC and the Caps even after having a bad year are still in the playoffs. Not to mention as a kid I went to 2 NFC title games and a superbowl courtesy of my DC sports team……

  4. thehairychestsportsblog - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Our sports teams may be mediocre but I sleep well knowing I live in the richest suburb in the United States and bring home a ton of cash.

    • bmscalise - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      My friends forced to live in the DC area have told me its yuppies have little comprehension of the major suffering this recession has produced. Congrats for confirming this stereotype. You’re awesome.

      • rg3isvictory - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM

        Boo hoo,
        Remind your friends we’re all afforded the same opportunities! Instead of whinning for the friend you feel so badly for, help him. This ” feel sorry for me” attitude is killing the American dream! It’s the type A personality and money in DC that separates itself for a welfare city like Baltimore. Which is where somebody tries to make you feel bad for what you have no matter how much or little it’s. Good luck and step aside lambs!!!

  5. stakex - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    This was a great play by Ovechkin, but I’m not really sure why its so new worthy.

    Has Ovechkin been the best defensive player in his career? Of course not… but thats not what hes paid to do. Not to mention hes a winger, not a center, and as such has less defensive responsability… which is where the comparisons to Crosby and Yzerman always fall apart. I’ve heard so many times that “Well Yzerman didn’t start helping the Wings win cups till he began playing better two way hockey and Ovechkin can learn from that”, which always drives me crazy since Yzerman was a center and playign two way hockey is a large part of his position.

  6. 2qswing - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Stop the presses …stop the presses!!!

    Headline: Ovie does what an NHL captain is supposed to do

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