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Ovechkin unhappy after falling into boards

Nov 11, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT

Alex Ovechkin, Jan Hejda Getty Images

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin wasn’t very happy following his team’s 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Not only was the loss itself a downer, but he was unhappy a penalty wasn’t called on a play in the second period that saw him go face-first into the boards.

Ovechkin tumbled into the boards after getting tied up with Avs defenseman Jan Hejda and felt strongly a tripping penalty should’ve been called as Katie Carrera of The Washington Post shares.

Only problem here is Ovechkin wasn’t tripped.

“On video, you have the advantage of video, [Hejda’s] not trying to do anything but his stick-hit Ovi’s skate, so he went in hard,” Oates said.

Hejda, too, proclaimed his innocence on the play saying he had his stick on the ice and Ovechkin may have stepped on it. Of course, as you can see by the photo, that won’t do much to soothe Ovechkin’s sore face and feelings.

  1. pxland - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    This aint soccer.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      lol watch Holtby get brushed by somebody’s jersey on the way by and you might think differently.

  2. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    The title, along with the pic, make it look like he is pouting.

    • pxland - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      He was.

  3. thomasvanek - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM


    • pxland - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      I couldn’t find the video of him falling, but I found this one, of him failing. Enjoy.

  4. polegojim - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    In the face of an embarrassing loss… Ovi tries to save face… in all respects.

    This is the Ovi that I can’t stand.

    Great job by the Avs!

  5. guitarhunterdude - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    “On video, you have the advantage of video.”

    Adam Oates. What a genius.

    • dewman8810 - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:43 AM

      I thought that was a great line too.

  6. jdvalk - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    This ain’t soccer, but how many times does the defender get the benefit of the doubt when it’s Crosby as opposed to Alex…

    • stakex - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      Never. Its really 50/50 if this should have been a call or not, but if that was Crosby its a call every time.

  7. blomfeld - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:47 AM


    There are times friends when it’s better to say nothing out of respect … and I believe that this is such a time. Nonetheless, it truly is a shame that Ovechkin continues to tarnish the ‘glorious’ path which was trail blazed by the many ‘honorable’ Russian greats of yesteryear. 😦

    • barkar942 - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      Don’t worry- Ovie can’t tarnish that path more than Kovy already has.

  8. lizardlickk - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    I’ve seen a lot worse from players baiting the ref to give a call. Whether or not there SHOULD of been a call is debatable. If anyone watched this game last night, it seemed as if the ref’s took a night off from doing what they are paid to do. Missed calls on both sides.

    • pxland - Nov 11, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      That is so very true.

    • mp1131211 - Nov 11, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      I had the feeling they were playing catch up all night. Like they missed one against the Caps, so they let one slide for the Avs. When Duchene got dumped, then two minutes later the Sarich got called for interference, the first thing Roy shouted was “What about Duchene!?” And what about that too many men penalty that wasn’t called at first and then called way after the fact. You have to wonder what happened there… Must have been Caps turn to benefit.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        not to make this about the Flyers or Oilers, but the same thing was happening in that Flyers/Oilers game too. ref called that clean hit to Giroux as a head shot, and kicked the guy out… a minute or two later, they called Simmonds for a BS crosscheck. I can’t stand that. if you made a bad call, live with it. no referee has ever heard “two wrongs don’t make a right?”

      • mp1131211 - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        Its why I don’t buy the line that these refs are the “best in the world” as the NHL is always throwing out there.

      • hockeydon10 - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:41 PM


        Well, they could be the best in the world and still be bad. That would just mean the other refs are even worse.

        It’s like saying, “Well, this $#!t sandwich is less terrible than the other $#!t sandwiches.”

      • mp1131211 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        Maybe. When I hear that line, though, I just hear Brand Development. Maybe its just my education in marketing that makes me think that, but NBA officiating is pretty good, I think. NFL is a joke, that’s for sure. And soccer, at least internationally, is so corrupt. But it seems like these make up calls or non-calls happen a lot in the NHL

      • Kristenaux - Nov 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        Well I’m not a fan of either team but I did watch the game because I loved Roy as a goalie. That aside, that game was one of the worst officiated this year…for both sides. Just embarrassing to see blatant things go ‘unnoticed’ & then the phantom things called. To the refs & the league, either get it right or clean house.

  9. mrhyperpants - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Haha! Gutted!

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