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Ovechkin wants referees to respect the Capitals

Mar 10, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

Matt Hendricks, Alex Ovechkin, Mike Ribeiro AP

The Washington Capitals have been their own worst enemy at times this season. Yesterday’s loss to the Islanders was a good example of that as the game turned on a double-minor taken by Mike Ribeiro thanks to an added unsportsmanlike conduct call for mouthing off at the officials.

Team captain Alex Ovechkin says he wants the men in stripes to have a bit more common courtesy for his team out on the ice as Stephen Whyno of The Washington Times shares.

“Of course some refs don’t like some personalities on our team, but anyway, you have to respect us,” Ovechkin said Sunday morning. “We’re emotional, we’re in the game. When we say something bad to linesmen or bad to referees, we can’t give them two minutes when they yell at me or they yell at coaches or yell somebody. It’s kind of position when they have to give us a break.”

It should be a two-way street on the ice with courtesy given both ways, but it’s clear there’s a mandate for players to quit the complaining or else. A guy like Ribeiro already has a reputation and the three unsportsmanlike conduct calls he’s earned this year only solidify that standing.

If the Caps want to stay out of the box, they’d better learn how to turn around and skate away.

  1. steelers88 - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Talk about Crosby being whiner or a cry baby.

  2. theageofquarrel - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Does this dude even play in the NHL anymore?

    • polegojim - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      I don’t believe so… he needs to go back to the KHL and make good on his promise…. to stay.

      SUCH a tired act… that needs to go away.

  3. steelers88 - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Crosby 40 points this year.
    Ovichkien 20 points.

  4. jernster21 - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Not going to feel sorry for them. The Avs have a super young team and had a significant PK to PP time last year because they weren’t getting any calls at all.

  5. ravenscaps48 - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Shut up and score

    • vbcaps - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      yea ov you just making excuses…respect earns respect in america buddy

  6. operwapitsai - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    ovichkein? go back to football….

  7. blomfeld - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    “ME STAY IN KHL” …

    Given his history of threatening to defect to the KHL last fall, this clown should be grateful that he isn’t being “ejected” from games whenever he opens his stupid yap! Just “zip it” Ovi and focus instead on actually “earning” some of the ten million which you pocket annually from the Caps. How this guy can be still wearing the “C” is beyond belief, though that’s probably due to the forgiving and kind-hearted nature of the Capital’s organization. Nonetheless, there’s likely an “unwritten” understanding among the officials this year, that any “lip” period will not be tolerated from those who uttered threats of defection last fall (ie: Ovi, Kovi, Bryzi, Datsi, Malki, etc) … and I say “good” on Bettman and crew for showing these ungrateful people who’s the boss around here!

    note: here’s an example for Ovi which illustrates how one “ought” to react after scoring a brilliant goal … no show-boating or “over the top” hot-dog antics … just pure aplomb, grace and humility …

  8. letsgopens8771 - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Oh, so Ovi has a sour attitude to complement all his turnovers and poor play this season. Great. Dude, get over it. You are supposed to be a leader, but really, you are nothing but a me-monster.

    There is absolutely no leadership on the Caps team especially not coming from Ovechkin. Sorry, but this isn’t a coaching problem. Oates is stuck with a bunch of primadonna me-monsters. No leadership or guts at all.

  9. capsfan19 - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Ugh… Ovi just shut up and keep your head down. Its getting harder and harder to defend you.
    They really need to strip him of the captaincy, he has no leadership. I still say someone like brouwer or laich.
    Its really frustrating. If you know the refs are targetting you then shut up and move on. Ugh… So annoyed.

    • polegojim - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      You nailed it 19… I feel bad for Caps fans.

  10. cameltoews - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Thanks for taking two penalties in one play. Rangers scored two goals. I don’t think the referees care about you at all.

    • vbcaps - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      yea he looked like a real dumb a$$ on that oone

  11. mattybo - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    I’m not a big fan of a player getting paid 100mil that when he gets suspended shows up on the beach looking like a pig midway through the season. Show some respect for your fans and people signing your massive paycheck and look like you give a damn.

  12. mp1131211 - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Is this guy for real? He’s becoming a joke

  13. r8rbhawk - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    He should not be captain.

  14. jpelle82 - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    and here i thought semin was the problem for the longest time…

  15. mancave001 - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Lost pretty much all respect for this guy. Shut up and play hockey. Stop being diva puck hog, quit your whining, am play. You’re worse ham Crosby at this point. You’re the Jay Cutler of the NHL.

  16. ironman721 - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    When you have more “W’s” then “L’s” you can 😿about respect.

  17. 2jivecrew - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Ovechkin has become a complete joke. Remember when some people actually thought this one trick pony was the “best in the world”? Yeah, that was pretty funny even then to those watching with objective eyes. He wasn’t even the best Russian in the KHL when he spent the lockout there. And he’s completely un-movable. No GM in the NHL thinks he’s worth anything near his cap hit. No GM in the league would jeopardize their organization to give up significant pieces and take on that contract in trade to get a guy who has shown no indication of ever becoming what he was. He is now a completely toxic entity.

    If the Caps are smart, and they aren’t, they’ll use an amnesty buyout on him and free themselves.

  18. sjsharks66 - Mar 10, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    So he admits that the caps are always complaining. Just shut up and take the stupid trip/slash/interference penalties. Dont complain about every single one. Then the refs will cooperate more.

  19. banger60 - Mar 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Somebody call My Mama!!!!!!

  20. banger60 - Mar 10, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    As capsfan19 said, “shut up and keep your head down,”good thinking, hope someone drills him good, p*ss.

  21. valoisvipers - Mar 10, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Note to Ovi respect is earned.

  22. jimw81 - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    by making these comments AO is making his team a target for the refs

  23. pwilson264 - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    he’s the rodney dangerfield of hockey

  24. banger60 - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    I’m using Mr.60’s blog, my name is V.Putin, you leave my Ovie alone or we will recall all Russian vodka back to the motherland, tank you and tank you Mr 60. boring day!

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