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Watch Ovechkin drop the gloves with Versteeg

Feb 12, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

Observers who want Alex Ovechkin to assert himself some more should probably make note of his work in Tuesday’s combative game between the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers.

The 27-year-old star scored a goal and an assist tonight, but it was his battle with Kris Versteeg that really stood out. Things got started when Ovechkin delivered this hit, which left the 26-year-old winger banged up:

Versteeg retaliated with a crosscheck on Ovi later in the game, prompting the two to drop the gloves:

This represents just the fourth NHL fight for Ovechkin (if you include one in the 2006-07 preseason), according to Hockey Fights. His most recent bit of fisticuffs came against Brandon Dubinsky on Dec. 12, 2010.

Ovechkin ended up getting the last laugh, as the Capitals won 6-5 in overtime.

(Videos via Hockey Highlights in HD. H/T to SB Nation.)

  1. stakex - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I’m not really sure I was go so far as to call that a fight….

    • dcfan4life - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:11 AM

      What a game and this is the only article refencing the game but headlining a non fight fight. Amazing.

      • obnoxiousDCfan - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:52 AM

        You forget, they only mention the outcome of Caps games when they lose now, and want to talk crap about Ovechkin.

      • dcfan4life - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        Haha your right, no articles ever awarding the Caps when they win. Not that beating the Panthers is a big feat, but for a desperate team to come back from 2 goals down in the 3rd period on the road deserves a little recognition dont ya think?

  2. Stiller43 - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Oh shame on you guys calling that a fight. They hugged each other for 10 seconds before the refs seperated them

    • crosberries - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      I want my money back

  3. lroc20 - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    They hugged it out

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    ………… that was intense I tell you!

  5. juanquixote - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Ovechkin is like Will Ferrell in The Ladies Man.

    For those of you that haven’t seen/wiki’d the reference: He’s all into grecro-roman wrestling.

    I suck at jokes today.

    • ravenscaps48 - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      Hey there sweet thang, may I interest you in a fish sandwich?

  6. ravenscaps48 - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    What’s the rule in bringing up the knee and leveling an opponent? Ovechkin had a clear opportunity to do so

  7. boukengreen - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    not a fight in my book they only got roughing penalties and not fighting ones.

  8. capsfan19 - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    Gotdie how hat trick. We came ready to do battle.
    Something notable about this game: besides all other games when we went down more than one goal, we battled back to win. I sincerely hope this is a step in the right direction. We play bolts tomorrow and while they may be in a slump it will certainly be a good test of just how serious the capitals are.

    • pens87 - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      That would be a “Gordie Howe” hat trick. But lets be serious…that was not a fight. To put this on par with those who actually throw punches and earn 5 mins would just be wrong. Ovechkin is not a fighter, and I’m not saying that is a bad thing, it’s just not his game. He pretty much just tried to pull Versteeg’s jersey up as far as he could before they were separated.

      That being said, I did watch the game and I have to say it was quite exciting. The caps seemed to give up earlier in the year if they were down going into the 3rd, so to be down by 2 with under 10 mins left and make a comeback should be a big boost for them. Great win, but Tampa Bay on Thursday will be a big test to see if the capitals can keep moving in the right direction.

      • kyzslew77 - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        This is the nicest thing any Pens fan has ever said about the Caps on PHT.

  9. obnoxiousDCfan - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    What a comeback! That’s the kind of comeback they need to keep the momentum going into Tampa Bay. If they can sweep the Florida teams and pull one out against the Rangers, then they’ll be pointed in the right direction for the first time this season.

  10. csilojohnson - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Ovi leaving his feet yet again? Can’t watch the videos of the app. Cause the app sucks.

  11. tsi431 - Feb 13, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    That’s not a fight. Let this guy show you how its done.

    • dcfan4life - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Well with his concussion history now, you may never see Crosby fight again.

  12. capsfan19 - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    You guys are right, with the exception of any thrown punched ovi isnt a fighter. Neither is versteeg. But this “encounter” was significant BECAUSE neither of then are known to do this. Def because of the situation their respective teams are in.
    So yea you can bash it, totally legit. Not the same as orr against scott,but it is still significant within the setting of that game

  13. lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    It’s nice to see such a packed house in Sunrise (see 0:04 of the “fight” clip). And what was Versteeg’s problem? In the 1st clip, he clearly looks back and sees Ovechkin at 0:30, then turns to face the boards. You wonder why some of these guys get concussions sometimes because they think “Oh, there’s rules in the league that penalize a guy if he checks me from behind so he’ll think twice about checking me!” Then they proceed to turn toward the boards and get crushed. Smart plan, dude. The checker gets a penalty and you get time away from the ice, if not a ride to the hospital. Same thing happened to PMB when Bogo leveled him last year.

  14. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Ovy is a frustrated lil punk right now, you telling me that love tap got him all upset after he laid a cheap shot earlier?

    Every opposing player should note how easy it is to get Ovy off his non impressive game

  15. pg99bassist - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    There was nothing cheap about that shot he took. He was facing the boards playing the puck, turned out to face the ice and saw Ovechkin coming and turned BACK TO THE BOARDS.

    That’s why there was no penalty on the play. It’s also why Veersteeg got a double minor for cross checking and the Caps got a power play on the altercation. Chris basically said “I didn’t like that I made a bad decision and put myself at risk so I’ll cheap shot you on my next shift to make myself feel better.”

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