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Video: Milbury, Roenick urge accountability from Ovechkin

May 14, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

For many Washington Capitals fans and observers, the stench of Game 7’s 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers will linger for a long time.

Even so, Alex Ovechkin seemed to stew the most about perceived imbalances in officiating from a 1-0 Game 6 loss (when officials called five penalties on Washington and none on New York). Ovechkin wondered if there were forces who “wanted a Game 7,” though he stopped short of outright conspiracy claims.

As you can see from the video below, Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick believe that Ovechkin should focus on his own production rather than the work of officials:

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  1. asyd1827 - May 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    “They wanted Game 7. For ratings. You know, lockout, escrow, league must make profit.”

    Sorry O’Brien, but I don’t see how that’s anything short of a claim of conspiracy.

  2. Stiller43 - May 14, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    I dont understand how a CAPTAIN and league star can score 2 points in 7 games (while the team loses the series) and then sit back and blame refs. What a pathetic turd. The refs didnt stop you or your team mates from scoring.

    • ziplock10 - May 15, 2013 at 5:34 AM

      At first, I was ready to slam Ovi. But really! No one outside of the smallest guys on this team got dirty! Muck it up in front of Lunquest. Johansson, Chimera and Perreault were it! This teams stars hid when the going got tough. Ovi didn’t ! He was one of the few Caps checking hard and trying to have an impact. Than Rangers, to their credit, keyed on him and dared anyone else to step up.

      That said, Ovi blamed the refs instead of calling his teammates out. When the ice was choppy and dirty goals had to be made with the Rangers clogging the middle, whoelse was there??

      When Crosby was out, the Pengs still won. Could that be said of the Caps??

      • ziplock10 - May 16, 2013 at 6:21 AM

        Did a little research on the Blowhard in chief Milbury. He said this as a GM of the Islanders..

        Milbury, usually media-shy, beckoned over a small group of reporters at the Coliseum on Sunday and launched into a point-by-point critique of the officiating in Saturday’s Game 2, using a VCR to prove his point. To his credit, he didn’t only lament non-call infractions by the Maple Leafs – he noted a few penalties that New York escaped, too.

        Peppering his speech with profanities, Milbury provided harsh commentary as he played, rewound and replayed clips to a stunned audience of about eight people….”It’s a joke, a joke,” he said.

        Amazing what happens when you put a mic in front of a twat….

  3. boisehockeyref - May 14, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Simple…there was an imbalance in penalties because you committed more than the Rangers. They didn’t have the fewest penalties this season for nothing. They played under control…and you dis not.

    • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      Such a simpleton. You have no idea how many penalties were actually committed by each team. You only know how many the refs actually called.

      • magicrat13 - May 15, 2013 at 8:38 AM

        since you are so knowledgeable oh wise one, why don’t you tell us how many penalties each team committed?

        where i come from, it’s only a penalty if the refs call it a penalty…

  4. taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Ovechkin was right. NBC got all the matchups they wanted. It’s an executives wet dream. Two game 6’s. Two teams facing elimination. Neither got called for a penalty. Same ref crew.

    • johnstone17 - May 14, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      Once again. 10 total minutes in penalties against the Caps. What went on the other 50 minutes?

      • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 9:22 PM

        You are so right. The Caps would never benefit from a power play.

      • tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        Johnstone, let me answer your question: the better team won the game, and the series.

    • johnstone17 - May 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      How about game 7? Shutout? Were the refs responsible for the Caps not scoring? How about game 5 where they scored on the power play & still had to go into overtime? Game 2? Great teams win by scoring at even strength as well as the power play.

    • JoeAvg - May 14, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      Are you actually going to flood the board again with posts defending the rant of this recalcitrant schmuck? You’re gonna wind up like that superbowels kid. Look this is a real sport, it’s not professional wrestling. The games aren’t scripted, they’re played. If you’re that convinced of this just don’t watch.

  5. taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Why do all the insecure hockey fan boys feel the need to bash the greatest player this generation? Look at how many points he has put on the scoreboard. Nobody will match his goals totals that’s currently playing. Goals go on the scoreboard. Not assists. His team mates have always been subpar. He plays with trash. Last place team without him.

    • johnstone17 - May 14, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      One Name. Stamkos. He will score more goals than Ovie & I like Ovie.

      • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 9:22 PM

        Only if Ovechkin retires early.

      • tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        More likely Ovi quits and returns to the KHL.

    • tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      Assists mean a goal was scored. Either way it’s on the scoreboard. Also, enough with the Ovi doesn’t play with talent argument. Semin, Backstrom, and Ribeiro have all been point per game players, and Green has led all defensemen in scoring. What do you want? Crosby scores more points playing with Dupuis and Kunitz.

      • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM

        Ovechkin has made Backstrom. Green is a D-man that can’t even play defense and plays his worst hockey in the playoffs, never mind this year. Semin is off the team. Ribiero hasn’t done jack as a Capital. Meanwhile, Dupuis and Kunitz light it up…even without Crosby.

      • tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 9:46 PM

        Thank you for taking all the bait. What does it matter if Semin is off the team? The conversation about Ovechkin spans throughout the years. You make the claim that he has never (insinuating more than one season) played with good players. I mention a name of a good player Ovechkin played with for years, and you discount it because he’s not an active Cap. As for Ribeiro, his first season as a Cap he had 49 points in 48 games. Good for 10th in the NHL. If your criteria for having succeeded as a Capital is playoff production, then Ovechkin hasn’t accomplished jack either. As for Kunitz and Dupuis, Dupuis’s previous career high in points before Pittsburgh was 48 points in ’02 as a member of the Wild. Kunitz was more effective in Anaheim, have one 60 point year. However 60 points is not 52 in 48 games. If a 60 point season is what you’re looking for, then Brooks Laich is your guy, he’s scored 59 points one year. What does all this mean? You have no idea what you talk about when you say Ovechkin has not played with talent. How do you Laich that Semin?

      • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        What bait? Your points are weak. Caps have no depth. Semin was a choker. Ribiero isn’t even worth resigning. Backstrom is a product of Ovie, and Green is a Dman that can’t play defense. George McPhee has surrounded Ovi with horrible pieces. Nevermind the revolving door that they have had at goal tender. Damn, one of Crosby’s linemates just scored a shorthanded goal as I type this. And the other one has a goal.

      • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        P.S., you can’t cherry pick pieces of guy’s careers to make a point. You discount anything Kunitz and Dupuis have done with Pitt.

      • tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        My points are mathematically supported by statistics. Yours are opinions “Ribeiro is not worth resigning.” But it probably will be hard to sign anyone with Ovi’s albatross of a contract. Especially the 10th scorer in the NHL.

      • tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

        There ya go looking at one side of things again. I mentioned the best years Kunitz and Dupuis have ever had, by doing that I was helping your point, making their stats sound inflated and better than they really are.

      • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        No you didn’t, their best year was this year. And they were lighting it up while Crosby was out.

    • magicrat13 - May 15, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      taintedlombardis….you must be one of the following:

      a) someone posting here simply to stir $hit up
      b) a delusional fan who knows nothing about hockey
      c) a poor loser who can’t get over the caps lost the series
      d) ovechkin’s mother
      e) all of the above

      personally, i am guessing “e”….

      • taintedlombardis - May 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        As for you, I’m definitely picking “b”….

      • magicrat13 - May 15, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        good comeback….wow, i guess you told me (insert rolling eye emoticon)…

        and i notice you did not dispute what i wrote….lol

    • bhunter47 - May 15, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      At least get your facts right.

      “They were lighting it up while Crosby was out” in reference to Kunitz and Dupuis.

      In the 36* games Crosby played:
      Chris Kunitz: 20 goals, 24 assists, 44 points, 1.22 PPG, 0.56 GPG, +27
      Pascal Dupuis: 17 goals, 9 assists, 26 points, 0.72 PPG, 0.47 GPG, +23

      In the 12 games Crosby missed:

      Chris Kunitz: 2 goals, 6 assists, 8 points, 0.66 PPG, 0.16 GPG, +3
      Pascal Dupuis: 3 goals, 9 assists, 12 points, 1.0 PPG, 0.25 GPG, +7

      Chris Kunitz suffered a massive drop-off in goals. Dupuis had more overall points, but that was due to a rare increase in assists. And since you are so quick to dismiss assists, let’s just look at goals. Dupuis dropped 0.22 goals per game in that period, and Kunitz dropped 0.40 goals per game after Crosby’s injury.

      Curious to see how you think that is “lighting it up”.

      • taintedlombardis - May 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        They don’t need him to drive that train. Kunitz was over a PPG player this season. Dupuis was a .75 PPG player. Hardly the garbage people make them out to be. Nevermind the rest of the team, or the PP unit.

      • bhunter47 - May 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        Not denying that.

        I am specifically responding to you saying that Kunitz and Dupuis lit it up while Crosby was out. Kunitz did a fat wad of nothing while Crosby was out of the lineup.

      • bhunter47 - May 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        Additionally, you say that Kunitz was over a PPG player this season, which is true…but his PPG drops from 1.22 to 0.66 when Crosby isn’t in the lineup.

        Kunitz is a career 0.693 PPG player, and wasn’t even close to 1.0 when playing a season with Malkin on his line. The stats seem to indicate that Crosby makes him look really good, since Kunitz jumped near double his career averages while on Crosby’s line, and fell right back to his normal pace without him.

  6. jkulha86 - May 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Greatest player of this generation? How many Stanley Cups has he won? How many Stanley Cup Finals has he been to? How man Eastern Conference Finals has he been to? The answer to all three is ZERO. Great players are determined by championships and winning. The greatest players make the players around them better. Ovie has won nothing and is arguably one of the most selfish players in the league.

    • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      It takes a team. Put Ovechkin on Chicago, and he is the undisputed GOAT.

      • jkulha86 - May 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        Take Michael Jordan out of Chicago and the Bulls would have won zero championships, and Scottie Pippen would have never had the career numbers he ended up with. Michael Jordan is the greatest player, and he made his teammates better, and Michael Jordan won championships. Ovie has done neither of those.

    • hockeydon10 - May 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Hey, I like this argument.

      That makes… Lidstrom the greatest player of this generation.

  7. ashtongronholz8 - May 14, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Rangers had the lowest over PIM but were they least time short handed too?

  8. tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Aside from Ovechkin, that exchange between Milbury and JR at the end of the second intermission about where Ottawa stands in the game was real awkward. Think JR takes a swipe at Milbury on camera?

  9. watermelon1 - May 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    IDIOTS. ovechkin is ALL this team has.

    If an opponent wants to take ovechkin away… They can. At any time.

    WHY? Because nobody else can hurt them.

    Just look at what the rangers did. Basically having three guys devoted to stopping #8.

    Stop blaming ovechkin. If Crosby was on the Caps… He’d be doing nothing. But on his current team he’s often wide open around the goal because opponents are worried about the other players on the penguins.

    The capitals have ZERO defenseman. Mike green is a closet winger… And a bad one at that. Nobody on the team can play physical except Ovechkin and this Wilson kid who got called up in the playoffs.

    Joel ward is the only other player who even knows what to do along the boards.

    Backstrom is a great defender for a center… And awesome on the PK. But he’s still not scaring anyone.

    • taintedlombardis - May 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      This guy gets it. watermelon1, it is often hard being the smartest person in the room, is it not?

  10. cameltoews - May 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Reading your posts hurt my head. You have no clue what’s going on. Is he a good player? Yes. Does he score a bunch of goals? Yes. Does he win anything important? No. Maybe his team wouldn’t be such crap if your capitals didnt pay him 100 million and could afford to get more players even though they have a pretty impressive roster. The only thing wrong with your team is accountability. It’s no one’s fault but the refs and NBC. NBC stopped the capitals from doing any offensive. The refs threatens the caps that if they made any offensive moves they would call them for penalties. In fact I think you should measure Lundqvist’s pads I think NBC bought him illegal ones that covered more of the goal. IT’S A CONSPIRACY. THE GOVERNMENT IS AGAINST IT’S LOCAL TEAM.

  11. johnstone17 - May 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Ovie accounted for a third of the Capitals goals in the regular season. They scored 12 against the Rangers & he accounted for 1. Seems to me like some other players there are capable of scoring some goals in the playoffs.

  12. fivetozeroingame7 - May 14, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    run him out of town! hurry hurry!

  13. kingme30 - May 14, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Bottom line….King Henrik > “The Great 8″

  14. benrob99 - May 14, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Ovi is an idiot. What happened to being all cocky about his great two months (out of the last two plus seasons) I can think of A LOT of players I’d want on my team before him. Have fun at the beach d-bag.

  15. kinnyjames - May 14, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Milbury’s accountable for being one of the worst coaches, then worst GM, then worst studio analyst ever.

  16. girouxed - May 15, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Yea just believe everything the NHL says guys…

  17. prosportswashington - May 15, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    He did also come out the next day alot more humble, you all want to burn him alive for something he said in the heat of the moment

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