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Alex ‘they wanted Game 7′ Ovechkin to address media today before heading to Worlds

May 14, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates against the New York Rangers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 6, 2013 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Capitals 4-3.
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Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will speak to the media at 2:15 p.m. ET today — not tomorrow afternoon like the rest of his teammates, along with coach Adam Oates and general manager George McPhee — so he can travel to the World Championships in Sweden and Finland and represent Russia.

Reporters will be sure to have plenty of questions for Ovechkin, especially after his comments following Washington’s elimination from the playoffs by the New York Rangers in seven games.

Last night, in a Russian-language interview, Ovechkin remarked on the fact the Capitals didn’t have a single power-play opportunity during Game 6, a 1-0 loss at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

“Not saying there was a phone call, but they wanted Game 7,” he said, per Slava Malamud of Sport-Express. “For ratings. You know, lockout, escrow, league must make profit.”

Named a Hart Trophy finalist after leading the league with 32 goals during the regular season, Ovechkin finished the playoffs with just one goal and one assist, and had his defensive play called into question a couple of times.

Also worth noting that the 27-year-old was one of the more vocal critics of the NHL during the lockout.

Apparently, hard feelings remain.

110 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 14, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    He should be fined and suspended for 5 games. Player can’t call the league corrupt, ever.

    • imleftcoast - May 14, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Harsh punishment and no transparency. Shouldn’t he be used to living under Stalin-esque conditions?

      Ty Cobb was a racist.

      • michiganhockey11 - May 14, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        Cobb also once went into the seats and beat a handicapped man for heckling him, so what’s your point? Racist, angry, BAMF, but a heckuva player.

        Ovie needs to just shut up and own the team’s loss. He wouldn’t have had to play 7 games if he and his teams outplayed the Rangers during the first 4 or 5. A loss is a loss. Claiming a ‘Montreal Screwjob’ in game 6 to set up a game 7 has no bearing on your level of play from the first 5-6 games.

        Better luck next year.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Lot of people were racists 100 years ago, do you need to be told that? Your great great grand mother was a racist too most likely. No transparency? A player just accuse the league of fixing games. It’s simple, a league should not have to defend itself from it’s own players hurting the league like this and it should be dealt with swiftly and harshly.

      • imleftcoast - May 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        First point: you’re a loser if you idolize Ty Cobb. Second point: there needs to be accountability for these varying penalty calls. Lucic was not called with 90 seconds left for a hit worse than one called for a boarding penalty in OT of another elimination game. If that’s not a penalty, the league should explain why since the broadcasters commented on the fact that it was a worse hit.

      • michiganhockey11 - May 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        If you’re going to start nit-picking calls, then the Gryba hit should have been reveresed because there was no head contact whatsoever, no leaving feet. The call on Sedin which was shoulder 2 shoulder (sorry, it was) should have been a no call and the “no supplimental discipline” for any player for the fracas in the Montreal/Ottawa series.

        See what it does if you start doing that? Ovie should shut hit pie hole. They lost the series as a whole, not based on bad calls in 1 game. Grow up. Oates would never have said that when he was a player, neither should he.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 14, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        I couldn’t care less about your definition of loser, just like the league couldn’t care less explaining itself to you for why certain on-ice calls were not made.

      • turk16 - May 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        Yes and we all know if the announcers said it, it has to be true.

      • imleftcoast - May 14, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        I don’t care if racism was accepted 100 years ago. It’s not okay today, and you’re obviously indicating you are okay with what Ty Cobb said and did.

        As with any business, you need to look varying performance and customer complaints. The calls are inconsistent, there is technology allowing the league to look at it, and there is plenty of money at stake. The NHL needs to look at it, and should explain what seem to be varying calls.

        Like concussions, the league should be ahead of the curve. If they aren’t, there will be lawsuits and investigations. Sticking your head in the stand b/c it’s sore losers or there are lots of mistakes, is not a business strategy. Go upstairs and ask your mom if you need confirmation.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 14, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        In 1858 Abraham Lincoln said that whites were superior to blacks and was that he was against miscegenation. People back then had a lot of views that were inherently racist huh? Even great people, Ty Cobb was a great ball player, if you think yammering about him makes your point more valid, well that says a lot about you now doesn’t it? Weak and pathetic lil boy with his lame retorts.

      • imleftcoast - May 14, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        Nice try. You are obviously a racist. Tolerance of racism in the past does not justify flying a Confederate flag or celebrating renowned racist like Ty Cobb. The Constitution had a 3/5 clause that doesn’t justify you’re being a racist today jackass.

  2. dabutcha114 - May 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    You got shutout 3 games in the series. Nothing you can say will ever justify that. Try playing a lil D you bum!

  3. tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Hey Ovi, how about that non call of your charge on McDonagh, at home, in game 7? The refs weren’t the reason you lost, even if every fair-weather fan in DC is convinced of it. Oh, and I thought the Caps were the better 5 on 5 team, so why do you need to beg for calls? The NHL doesn’t need to conspire to beat you in the playoffs.

    As for the Worlds, Backes, Carlson, Bobby Ryan and Phil Kessel, please report for Team USA.

  4. JoeAvg - May 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Great. It’s bad enough that paranoid fans say this garbage, now we have one of the leagues stars whining. Think Ovi, if the league was really throwing games do you think New Jersey would have made the finals last year? A NYR LAK final would have had Bettmen dancing through the halls of headquarters.

  5. rsl22 - May 14, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Play a little D? He wasn’t on for any of the Rangers goals. His line was the only line not a minus.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 14, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      I believe he was referring to the game 6 OT winner where he just stood there. Ovechkin is not a superstar. He’s a flash in the pan, who can’t deliver when it counts.

      • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Ovechkin is the best player of this generation. 130 more goals than Crosby, and Crosby is surrounded by a godly more amount of talent. Goals >>> Assists.

        Ovechkin is the entire team. Without him, the Caps are probably in last place.

        Ovechkin’s legacy suffers because his teammates suck. So the Rnagers strategy is to double and triple him, and nobody else on the Caps can step up, even though the opposition isn’t gameplanning for them.

      • tdsnbeers - May 14, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        It was game 4, and that Derek Stepan gwg, was probably the worst play I have ever seen in a professional sport (OV’s Defensive effort).

      • whyyoumadtho - May 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        @taintedlombardis Ovi has way more games played. Ovi averages .6 goals and 1.2 points per game for his career, Crosby is at .5 goals and 1.4 points per game for his career. Difference is Crosby wins and elevates his team while dominating Ovi in every level of the sport.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        Hahahaha best player of this generation. Yea ok buddy. There’s not a single guy in the media or the league who who would say that. By the way Crosby’s 2 line mates were undrafted free agents. Nick backstrom was a pretty good center the last time I checked. Thanks for the laugh.

      • basedrum777 - May 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Anybody who thinks ovi is the best player in the world is already without credibility. Crosby not only plays defense but he’s a superior skater, passer and leader. Ovi is a shooter, and someone who throws his body around (sometimes illegally). He’ll be lucky to have a “rivalry” with SC any longer.

      • footballfan - May 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Ovechkin is the best player of this generation. 130 more goals than Crosby, and Crosby is surrounded by a godly more amount of talent. Goals >>> Assists.

        *********

        Assists = goals…

      • devilsarethebest - May 14, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Wow, for those of you who still think Ovechkin cant `t pass, he had back-to-back-to-back 100+ point season and he sure as hell isn’t scoring that many goals. Ovechkin is criticized because he is lazy at times and the media blows everything out of proportion. I would take Ovechkin’s stats over Crosby’s any day. How can you answer to 50 goals in a rookie season. So much better than Crosby.

      • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        Assists = Goals?

        Not too bright?

        There are 1.7 assists for every goal.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 14, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        The only 2 people who have a higher Point Per Game in the playoffs are Mario Lemiuex and Wayne Gretzky. Your telling me you would take Ovechkins playoff stats over Crosby’s? Yep you guys are PHT finest. Also if ovechkin was getting doubled and even tripled team as you guys say don’t you think a playmaker like backstrom could find the open team mate or team mates. Championships talk and ovie has zero. He’s NEVER produced when it counted. FACT.

      • jpelle82 - May 14, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        most goals dont happen without an assist…if you have an assist that means someone scored a goal…therefore assist = goal. as for 8’s 100 point seasons he had 60 goals and 50+ goals in there, and he was on president’s trophy winning teams, that were stacked when that happened. backstrom put up 100 pts too then. you cant argue with crosby’s ppg average – its 4th best in nhl HISTORY…only behind gretzky, lemiux, bossy…malkin has a higher ppg than ovechkin ovechkin isnt even in the top 10 on that list. ovechkin isnt even the best goal scorer of his generation, much less player – stamkos will pass him soon enough.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Forgot to add OVIERATED.

      • cheesesteak75 - May 14, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        Ovi= Overrated!

        13 hits in game 7 and 1 shot on goal. Real team leaders and super stars score goals in big games!

      • tdsnbeers - May 14, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        Backstrom looks lost out there and afraid to take any shots. Maybe if his other teamates put more pucks on net, they may have scored in game 6 + 7.

    • barkar942 - May 14, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      But the line wasn’t a plus either.

  6. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 14, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Well! Considering the source his comment is not surprising. Maybe Leonis also wanted a game 7 for extra gate proceeds. Is that why his team didn’t score? You know, lockout, escrow, team must make profit. What a loser.

  7. taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Ovechkin speaks the truth. It’s obvious. I mean, after taking a 2-0 lead in the series, it’s apparent the league reacted due to the pronounced behavior of the NHL referees. Remember simpletons, cash rules all.

    • budzo83 - May 14, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      Then why aren’t the Leafs still in? And also the Habs for that matter? Nobody will argue the C.R.E.A.M. principle, but this league has banked a lot on marketing its stars. Ovechkin is the second biggest star in the league, so I think there is a flaw in your logic… simpleton.

      • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        Man…you’re dumb. Where did I say they could outright rig it? I said they “nudge” teams along. You can’t outright rig it without it being obvious, but 5-0 on the PP is most definitely a “nudge”.

    • tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      I can see by your user name that you’re into the conspiracy theories. Banks control the US government right? How’s Area 51? If the NHL wanted the Rangers to advance they might’ve thought to call that delay of game every Caps fan conveniently forgets about. The Caps couldn’t score a goal in over 60 minutes of game 6. Don’t try to pin that on anyone but your team. It’s amazing how quickly people rush to remove accountability and find something external to blame.

      • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        You can’t tell jack from my user name. Furthermore, if you think referees haven’t/won’t impact outcomes of games you’re just stupid. It’s that simple.

      • tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        You’re right. The Rangers could have beaten the Caps in fewer games if they called that Delay of Game.

      • tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        You see the problem with your logic is that it’s completely focused on one side of the coin. You only look at the calls on the Rangers that you perceive to have been missed. Then you jump to the conclusion that the Capitals could have won the series. Problem is that it always goes both ways! How about the breakaway (I think Brassard had) where he was clearly high sticked, had his shot saved and play continued?

    • magicrat13 - May 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      wow…i didn’t know ovechkin’s mother posted on here…

    • johnstone17 - May 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      So based on what your saying, there must have been plexiglass behind Lundqvist for the other 50 minutes of game 6 & all of game 7.

  8. cweez2 - May 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Maybe “they” wanted a Game 7, but only one team came to play it.

    • johnstone17 - May 14, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      BING

  9. taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    NHL is more like the WWE than they’d like to admit. Certain teams are “nudged” along to increase the probability of prolonged series or more favorable matchups.

  10. fivetozeroingame7 - May 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Hey I missed the score of game 7. Can anyone tell me what it was? thank you.

  11. freestyle1022 - May 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    This isnt the NBA ovie, cant change a game like that (though Gary Bettman did work for David Stern right?)

  12. jaybaileys - May 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Classy in defeat, nice Chokevechkin! Maybe score a goal or 2 in the last 2 games you may win. I guess they swallowed their whistles on your boarding play. Have fun golfing or whatever it is you do every summer!

  13. taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Rangers won game 7; however Ovechkin is right to be pissed. A game 7 should have never happened.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 14, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      And game 7 may not have happened if he would have lived up to his billing.

      • barkar942 - May 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        Instead, Henrik lived up to his billing!

    • tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Still failed to score in 65 minutes in game 6. The better 5 on 5 team still had two and a half periods to score A GOAL, and couldnt.

  14. ironyisadeadscene - May 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    When I think of Ovechkin’s defense, I think of this .gif

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 14, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      check out his video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUX55aFf4TI

  15. cfos00 - May 14, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    I’m a Blackhawks fan, so I don’t have a dog in this, but I think the problem with Ovi and the Caps in general is the attitude. They really like winning, but they don’t seem to actually HATE losing. There’s a big difference. No showing last night was just part of it. Not hauling their butts back when they or a teammate loses the puck to try and stop a play on consistent basis, hanging their goalie out to dry over and over again, and not being a consistent presence in front of the net also shows this. Doing the dirty work that great teams do, you just don’t see out of the Caps consistently. Ovi is a big part of that, and the epitome of it is that gif of him floating back to not defend on a goal. It looks awful, and the point isn’t whether or not it’s his man. It’s that anyone could even see him doing that. No way Hossa, Datsuk, Toews, Malkin, or Crosby gets a gif like that of them because they wouldn’t put themselves in the position to allow it. Teams get their attitude from their lead dogs, and Ovi seems to like to win, but not hate losing enough to consistently do what it takes to stop it from happening.

    • tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      They don’t HATE losing but they LOVE whining about their loss.

    • budzo83 - May 14, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      (Also a non-Cap fan) I agree with your point and I really thought that Boudreau was behind that mindset. His coaching philosophy is keep your best players happy and happy players are productive players. When Oates got off to a slow start but seemed to right the ship in the second half, I thought the Caps would be a different team in the playoffs… Wrong. In my opinion they lack multi-dimensional players. If their potent offense doesn’t get going, they have nothing else to fall back on. This team is the most talented offensive team in the worst division in hockey and have yet to learn that that counts for nothing in the playoffs.

    • danaking - May 14, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      Good ppint, cfos00. The Caps like to win, but they are not always in the mood to do the things it takes to win. As captain, Ovechkin is the point man for that. He wants to be the man, but doesn’t always want to do the work.

  16. har21441 - May 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    That sounds a true leader to me: Shoulder no responsibility, float a conspiracy theory.

  17. rsl22 - May 14, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Look, even Milbury said last night the refereeing in the series had been “very questionable.”

    • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Because it was “very questionable”.

      • reasonableperson1 - May 14, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        It was questionable but to be fair, Milbury will say anything to generate controversy to get his name out there.

      • johnstone17 - May 14, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        Your right, it was questionable. What about all those minutes spent in the Rangers end where they could not score? I guess the officials should have called Lundqvist for interference.

    • whiskytango333 - May 14, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Quoting Mike Milbury is automatic grounds for an invalid argument.

      • rsl22 - May 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        Ha. Ok. Fair enough.

    • broncs93 - May 14, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      It was very questionable. The non-call of delay-of-game on the Caps in game 2, the Ovechkin boarding non-call last night. Very questionable.

    • cheesesteak75 - May 14, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      Mil bury = Assclown

    • 2jivecrew - May 14, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Yeah there’s a rational and objective source of information……mike milbury. You know your argument has major problems when you’re quoting mike milbury to support it.

  18. tdsnbeers - May 14, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Haha, he had the nerve to suggest an NHL profit motive conspiracy? Did you see his lack of effort when he failed to display any life or movement at all on the game winning goal of Derek Stepan’s GWG in game 4? When that happened, I knew that was going to be the series changing play right there, huge momemtum shift. Sorry Cap’s fans, a succesful playoff team will not be lead by Ovechkin. Hes a great offensive force, but lacks any defensive care or responsibility.

    • tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Didn’t you see? Gary Bettman removed his batteries.

      • tdsnbeers - May 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        Haha, way to be consistent with the theory behind this article, nice… !

  19. reasonableperson1 - May 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    What annoys me is the playoff underachiever, who once again feasted on inferior competition in the weakest division in hockey will win the Hart trophy again.

    I understand Crosby missed a month, but shouldn’t Mr. Playoff Underachiever be held responsible for his invisible act the first month of the season?

    But that is the awards voters, only looking at stats and the end of the season. Here’s hoping to what would be best for the hockey world. A Pens v. Blackhawks final in a few weeks!

  20. whiskytango333 - May 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Could you imagine Crosby or Towes saying something like this? That’s why guys like them have rings, because they are leaders and take accountability when things go wrong. As long as Ovechkin wears the C, the Caps will never sniff the Cup.

    • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Those guys have rings because they play for much better teams. It’s not hard.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 14, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        I don’t agree with you at all. Teammates have rings because of leaders like Crosby and Toews, and the only way Ovi will ever get a ring is if he plays on a team with leaders like Crosby or Toews. Mario Lemieux said he understood what being a leader meant when he played for Canada with Gretzky and co in 1987. Crosby is a gifted player and leader. Does he have faults? of course he does, but he’s also the youngest captain ever to hoist the SC. Crosby is still getting better, whereas Ovi is the same player he was when he joined the NHL. His game hasn’t improved. He skates, hits, passes, and has an amazing release. His overall game is stagnant.

      • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        You are so right. In a team sport, the ability of all the players that comprise a team don’t matter…as long as they have a “good leader”. They’re professionals. Fan boys like you get way too caught up on this leadership BS.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        What most are saying taintedlombardis, is that both go hand in hand, and it takes much more than these 2 elements to win a SC. Can you honesty say that Ovi comes close to any of these SC Champion Captians? No. Didn’t think so,

        1951-52 Detroit Red Wings Sid Abel
        1952-53 Montreal Canadiens Butch Bouchard
        1953-54 Detroit Red Wings Ted Lindsay
        1954-55 Detroit Red Wings Ted Lindsay
        1955-56 Montreal Canadiens Butch Bouchard
        1956-57 Montreal Canadiens Maurice Richard
        1957-58 Montreal Canadiens Maurice Richard
        1958-59 Montreal Canadiens Maurice Richard
        1959-60 Montreal Canadiens Maurice Richard
        1960-61 Chicago Blackhawks Ed Litzenberger
        1961-62 Toronto Maple Leafs George Armstrong
        1962-63 Toronto Maple Leafs George Armstrong
        1963-64 Toronto Maple Leafs George Armstrong
        1964-65 Montreal Canadiens Jean Beliveau
        1965-66 Montreal Canadiens Jean Beliveau
        1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs George Armstrong
        1967-68 Montreal Canadiens Jean Beliveau
        1968-69 Montreal Canadiens Jean Beliveau
        1969-70 Boston Bruins NC
        1970-71 Montreal Canadiens Jean Beliveau
        1971-72 Boston Bruins NC
        1972-73 Montreal Canadiens Henri Richard
        1973-74 Philadelphia Flyers Bobby Clarke
        1974-75 Philadelphia Flyers Bobby Clarke
        1975-76 Montreal Canadiens Yvan Cournoyer
        1976-77 Montreal Canadiens Yvan Cournoyer
        1977-78 Montreal Canadiens Yvan Cournoyer
        1978-79 Montreal Canadiens Yvan Cournoyer
        1978-79 Montreal Canadiens Serge Savard
        1979-80 New York Islanders Denis Potvin
        1980-81 New York Islanders Denis Potvin
        1981-82 New York Islanders Denis Potvin
        1982-83 New York Islanders Denis Potvin
        1983-84 Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky
        1984-85 Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky
        1985-86 Montreal Canadiens Bob Gainey
        1986-87 Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky
        1987-88 Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky
        1988-89 Calgary Flames Lanny Mcdonald
        1988-89 Calgary Flames Jim Peplinski
        1989-90 Edmonton Oilers Mark Messier
        1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins Mario Lemieux
        1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins Mario Lemieux
        1992-93 Montreal Canadiens Guy Carbonneau
        1993-94 New York Rangers Mark Messier
        1994-95 New Jersey Devils Scott Stevens
        1995-96 Colorado Avalanche Joe Sakic
        1996-97 Detroit Red Wings Steve Yzerman
        1997-98 Detroit Red Wings Steve Yzerman
        1998-99 Dallas Stars Derian Hatcher
        1999-00 New Jersey Devils Scott Stevens
        2000-01 Colorado Avalanche Joe Sakic
        2001-02 Detroit Red Wings Steve Yzerman
        2002-03 New Jersey Devils Scott Stevens
        2003-04 Tampa Bay Lightning Dave Andreychuk
        2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes Rod Brind’Amour
        2006-07 Anaheim Ducks Scott Niedermayer
        2007-08 Detroit Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom
        2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby
        2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews
        2010-11 Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara
        2011-12 Los Angeles Kings Dustin Brown

    • jpelle82 - May 14, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      they’re also canadians and have respect for hockey in north america. when’s the last time a russian captain raised the cup?

      • jpelle82 - May 14, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        answer – never.

  21. trueblue69 - May 14, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Is he going to be wearing a Tinfoil hat so Bettman doesn’t take over his brain waves during the press conference. He’s such a tool.

  22. budzo83 - May 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Stay classy, @ taintedlombardis. When you say that Ovechkin “speaks the truth” when he alludes to the fact that there was a fix, but then say I’m dumb and there is no way there can be “outright rig it without it being obvious,” aren’t you really saying that Ovechkin is dumb for suggesting that? The Leafs are the most profitable team in the NHL, so when they went up 3-1 in the 3rd period of a Game 7, it would have been pretty easy to blow the wistle anytime a Bruins player touched a Leaf and preserve the win. Furthermore, don’t you think that Bettman and the NHL would be drooling over the prospect of another Crosby vs. Ovechkin ECF matchup? If the Caps played mistake-free hockey and got jobbed by the refs, maybe there would be some weight to Ovi’s statement. But the team that showed up was the Caps team that everyone has come to know and love.

    • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      You have no idea what their angle is. They like storylines. They want Boston and Pittsburgh.

      The Leafs are profitable, win or lose.

      • myopinionisrighterthanyours - May 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Really? They want story lines? Not television ratings? If you’re going to spout conspiracy theories, at least have the actual driver in place. People always assume that bad calls are one sided. I’ve always seen them equal out.

      • budzo83 - May 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        Wait a minute… this is all starting to sound familiar… Alex, is that you? You shouldn’t be trolling people on the internet, you’ve a got a presser and a plane to catch!

      • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Storylines drive ratings. Dealing with these ‘tards is like hitting a speed bag…

  23. fiyeaglesfiy - May 14, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    I assume the league must’ve called him and told him not to score any goals either…since that’s the real reason they lost..

  24. ballistictrajectory - May 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Hey, it’s offseason for Ovi now. He can have another blintz or donut, or perogi, whatever he wants. then he can take half the season next year to “show up”.

  25. bronxsanman - May 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Oh that’s a shame ovi.I thought you were better than that. Now your blaming the lack of calls.I saw calls missed for both teams.Just another big name who can’t get it done when it matters most.maybe you should add a 7 to your jersey,you sound like someone else I know.

  26. FoozieGrooler - May 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Last night while watching the Capitals get shutout and eliminated from the playoffs, I actually felt bad for them since all their bandwagon fans bailed on them and started leaving at the end of the 2nd period.
    Then afterwards, Alexander Ovechkin spoke.
    Like I said, I felt bad last night ..but now I don’t.
    Thanks for putting things back in their proper perspective OvenChicken…

  27. banger60 - May 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Ovechkin, mommas boy, your a pu*sy, you got your ads kicked, accept it, play for The Motherland and stay there you whiner, not all Russians are scrum but you, take it like a man and shut up douchebag. Break a leg in Worlds, literally.

  28. basedrum777 - May 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I’m pretty sure Crosby scored more goals the month he was not playing than Ovi scored in the playoffs….

  29. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Ovi is deservedly taking a beating

    http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/9273428/alex-ovechkin-critical-refs-washington-capitals-ouster

    • danaking - May 14, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      I watched the espn video. It’s obvious neither Bayless nor Smith saw Game 6, just as obvious neither knows Thing One about hockey. Without having seen what was called, no one should complain about 5 power plays to none. I’m not saying the calls should have evened out; I don’t know. What’s irritating, and damaging to hockey, is the mind set too many people have (Craig Loughlin of the Caps announcing team is a prime example), that the number of power plays per game should even out. In that view, a team that has taken a few penalties in a row pretty much gets carte blanch to do what it wants, while the opponent can’t do something in the second or third period everyone got away with in the first. I’ve heard Flyers from the Broad Street Bullies days openly admit they committed as many penalties as they wanted, hoping to get into the referees’ heads, get them to thinking, “I can’t call another one. People will think I have it out for them.”

      Call the book, every game. The players will get the message and respond accordingly.

      Smith also referred to Ovechkin as “widely considered to be the best player in the game.” I don’t know of too many people outside of Washington who think that anymore.

  30. jkay1818 - May 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    I knew some whiney caps fans couldnt stay away for more than a day. Ovechkin, take your BS theories to the KHL and stay there. Just like you threatened to do before the season started. Can you imagine ryan callahan, toews, dustin brown and crosby, real captains sitting in a press conference saying it was rigged? or they wanted a game 7? ovechkin, you like to think you are a top 3 player, some delusional caps fans will think you are the best, so why would the NHL want you out of the playoffs?
    Here is a secret, your team was shutout three times in regulation this series. Your team only had 1 lead at home the entire series in regulation. How is that for starters? Im surprised you didnt blame holtby for giving up 5 in game 7. You’re lazy, you don’t get back on D, you coast in the defensive zone and do figure 8’s. You only hustle when you’re on 0. You have the gall to complain about the refs? you left your feet at least 10 times this series on hits. If your name wasnt ovechkin and it was Gryba or steve eminger, you would have gotten a 5 minute boarding penalty for your hit on Mcdonagh yesterday. You got outworked by girardi and mcdonagh, you were a minus for the series. You actually went to the media the next day to claim conspiracy theories? Get the eff out of here already and go “all out” for russia in this meaningless tournament you clown. The same way your team got worked by canada and the US in the olympics. You’re garbage in big games.
    you didnt play a shred of D, you blocked two shots and it was like you won the selke. And for caps fans whining he has no support, i’d love for green to set me up on the PP or have someone like backstrom passing to me or having someone like ribiero.
    Conspiracy theory? wouldnt they want the best player to advance? you had 2 pts and your team got shutout in 6 and 7. case closed.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 14, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      A very well deserved slow clap for your comment. Nothing else needs to be said. From now on I will reference other commenters to this link when anyone dares to praise this buffoon.

    • devilsarethebest - May 14, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      I don’t really see how you can argue against Ovechkin being top 3 in the league.

      • jkay1818 - May 14, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        because he isn’t. if you include goalies and Dmen he wouldn’t be in my top 3, sorry.

  31. yousuxxors - May 14, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    why have conspiracy theories moved into sports? the rangers and kings went to the Stanley cup last year … wait the rangers lost to the devils??? stfu about this. Canadian teams would make it every year then. still don’t understand why the NHL moved some of those teams out to “bigger” markets. no cares about hockey down south.

  32. schlitzy - May 14, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    based on Ovi’s play in this series, it looked to me like he was the getting paid off to keep things close and push a game 7.

  33. jaker85 - May 14, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    If Crosby was saying this after a series lose every hater would be calling him “Crys-by” or whatever not as clever nickname you give him. This guy had one great month and he should be MVP???????? The only reason the guy has more goals then Crosby is the amount of shots he takes. He’s not a winner or a leader.

  34. pbyrne11 - May 14, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Where are the glaring missed calls? No one can name any. Except the charge by ovechkin, delay of game on the caps, and the slash by the bench against the caps. You shouldn’t need power plays to score. Real classy Ovechkin, way to act like a captain.

  35. taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Saw this on another board:

    Bruins vs Rangers in the east??

    Blackhawks vs Redwings in the west??

    A possibility of Pens/bruins or pens/Rags ECF??

    Blackhawks/Kings WCF?

    NBC must be [mod] right now. No lie

  36. kedaco - May 14, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Ovechkin is typical Euro Trash gaudy stats during the regular season but doesn’t show up for crunch time in the playoffs when as everyone knows you need to elevate your game. He consistently disappears when the games mean more as evidenced by his abysmal performance during the “Worlds”. How the Capitals give him a “C” on his jersey is beyond me because he is not a leader.

    • 2jivecrew - May 14, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      They gave it to him because Crosby got the “c”. Really nothing more to it than that. Sid got the captaincy and so the Caps felt obligated to give it to Ovie to keep pace. Big mistake. Ovie is just another sniper and overall one-trick pony. You don’t put a team on the shoulders of a guy like that.

  37. footballfan - May 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Every time Crosby gets an assist someone for the Pens is scoring a goal. If you had any idea what you were talking about you would understand that. Last time I checked if Sid has 120 points in a season that means there were 120 goals when he was on the ice. I’ll take that over Ovi’s 100 points.

    • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      1.7 assists per goal. You can’t fix stupid.

      BTW, only hockey values assists like they do, all for their gimmicky points stat. Keep them separate. Nobody in the world thinks assisting a score is on par with a score…except fan boys.

      I know, let’s have tertiary assists too. Wait, what about the 4th pass, becaus without that, there’s no goal. Quaternary assists it is then!

      • footballfan - May 15, 2013 at 6:32 AM

        My God is amazes me just how stupid you are! I will take my team scoring goals and you stick with Ovi scoring them. It seems to be working for the Caps so well!

      • footballfan - May 15, 2013 at 6:32 AM

        My God it amazes me just how stupid you are! I will take my team scoring goals and you stick with Ovi scoring them. It seems to be working for the Caps so well!

      • taintedlombardis - May 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        Only a special kind of idiot puts assists as being equal with actual goal scoring as a personal achievement. Maybe if the rest of the Caps could actually score goals, teams couldn’t triple and double OVi.

      • footballfan - May 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        Only a special kind of idiot would think that holding on to the puck and trying to shoot instead of passing when you are double and triple teamed is the way to go. You have way too much to learn about Hockey and sports in general. Maybe you should stick with watching singles tennis since there is no team concept there either.

  38. cspsrbums - May 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Tfaltin you are a know it all mouthy moron

  39. cspsrbums - May 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Who hides behind a computer

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