May 9, 2013, 11:30 AM EST
Now, after Game 4, it was his effort (or lack thereof) in trying to stop Stepan’s second game-winner in a row.
But Capitals blog Russian Machine Never Breaks puts the blame on the other Caps on the ice, calling Ovechkin’s late straight-legged appearance a “bad visual, but that’s all.”
Ovechkin’s a winger, so Stepan — a center — wouldn’t normally be his responsibility. (Wingers take the point men.)
And perhaps Ovechkin figured he was way too late to get to Stepan anyway. Which he probably was.
And hey, at least he got a great view of an exciting moment.
At any rate, Game 5 of the series — which is now tied at two games apiece — goes Friday in Washington.
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- Chiarelli says he’s not trading Marchand 21
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- Video: ‘The message is not being heard’ when it comes to illegal hits, suspensions 53
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- Janssen: Orpik should’ve fought Thornton, then ‘everything would have quieted down’ (123)
- Reports: Thornton will appeal 15-game suspension (107)
- Lucic addresses fight video, says he’s ‘disgusted and outraged’ by Vancouver (103)
- Cam Neely questions length of Thornton’s suspension (78)