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Columnist: Alex Ovechkin might want to tread carefully from here on out

May 7, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

Alex Ovechkin AP

Alex Ovechkin‘s weekend came and went without so much as a hint of action stemming from his hit on Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi. While neither player seemed up in arms about the situation it was thought that Ovechkin might see action from the league thanks to having a record of suspendable hits.

Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun says while Ovechkin is doing his part to help his team, the best way he can do that in the physicality department is to tone things down a bit.

But Ovechkin, as a repeat offender, had better understand that he is on a short leash with the league and is unlikely to receive any leniency from NHL Sheriff Brendan Shanahan on any questionable incidents.

Even Caps coach Dale Hunter acknowledged that Ovechkin must walk a fine line.

Considering how Ovechkin has played the game at a breakneck pace his entire career and he’s had to push himself even harder in these playoffs seeing his minutes reduced, getting a toned down Ovechkin seems like a surefire way to make him ineffective. Getting Ovechkin to be smarter about picking his moments, however, is all for the best. The last thing Washington needs is to lose their best player thanks to careless play.

  1. iluvwikileaks - May 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    It’s crazy, but I find myself rooting for the “hated” Capitals because of the way Tort slammed the Penguins organization a few weeks back. It’s kind of fun watching the overrated Rags gag on their own lack of talent:)

    • icelovinbrotha215 - May 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Was Torts wrong ha? He didn’t ‘slam’ anyone. He spoke the truth.

    • gaborik104life - May 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      Overrated? There the team that led the eastern conference in what way does that make them overrated. They were not predicted to finish in the top 4 in the eastern conference let alone the top spot in it and top two in the league. On top of that no series is supposed to be easy and OV gave an illegal check whether or not that is warranted for a suspension is a different story but it was illegal hence the penalty. As for Torts slamming the penguins sorry he has a pair and is willing to talk though when he voices his opinion he gets fined hence his silence. Your reason for rooting the capitals is cause you hate the rangers or torts; which is fine. To say that they are overrated is a joke. Your comment on the lack of talent is correct when compared to the capitals, penguins, flyers and many other teams but what is funny is where the rangers are now compared to pitt. Compared to flyers who are down 3-1 to another team with less talent but who work harder. This is the new nhl buddy being tied 2-2 doesn’t mean caps have it and talent alone does not win. if you really knew anything about the rangers for 1 you wouldn’t have this opinion that they are overrated and gagging on their lack of talent. You would reailize they are not overrated. You would realize that they have thrived despite not having talent all year long. You would realize that a team does not need crosby, malkin giroux or ov to host the cup just a commitment to win and a good goaltender. See PHX, NASH, LA, NJ, NYR, STL all teams that succeed with a defense first goalie leading concept. In summary you have no idea what you are talking about.

      • rainyday56 - May 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        They were mopped 8-4 by Swiss EV Zug in the pre season so yeah, they are over rated.

      • rainyday56 - May 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        I’m kind of hoping the blueshirts don’t win, otherwise EV Zug could claim to be world champion and Josh Holden world MVP. Josh getting that honor would be the final slap in the face for this Canucks fan this season.

    • joemac917 - May 7, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      If you are truly a Penguins fan rooting for the Caps solely because of what a coach said about your team, turn in your Cindy jersey now. I wouldn’t root for the Devils if Laviolette took a dump on center ice at MSG!
      As for Torts comments, truth only hurts the guilty!
      As for this article, OV has nothing to worry about. Shanahan set the precedent in round one.

    • stakex - May 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      Truth hurts iluvwikileaks. If you don’t want to hear someone trash your favorite team, perhaps you should pick a less trashy team to root for.

  2. iluvwikileaks - May 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    No. Torts is just a whiner and big mouth.
    But, the Rags won’t be winning a Cup anytime soon.

    • danphipps01 - May 7, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      Gonna be waiting a long, long time for the next Pens win as long as you guys continue to insist on trying with that minor-league callup Marc-Andre Fle- oh, you can’t be serious. Drafted HOW high? Jesus, if that level of play is all it takes then Sean Avery should have gone first overall too.

  3. crashinghero - May 7, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Sad that this is true. The hit wasn’t close to meriting an extra look, and, if you watch the replay in slow-mo, probably shouldn’t have even been a penalty. The hit on Hendricks earlier in the game, though… Too bad the media doesn’t care about role players.

  4. sabatimus - May 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Total fricking joke here, Shanny. Total fricking JOKE.

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