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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.

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