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Ovechkin a minus-five as Capitals lose to Blue Jackets

Jan 30, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

The National Hockey League’s top scorer was on the ice for plenty of goals Thursday night. Trouble was, they were all against his team.

In a hockey world most recently torn on the value of the plus-minus statistic, Alex Ovechkin was a minus-five for the Washington Capitals in a 5-2 loss. It’s hard to argue against the validity of that statistics in this particular case. He was on the ice for every Columbus goal, as the Capitals were flat for most of Thursday’s game, until the third period when they were down by three goals.

Making matters worse: Washington’s defenseman Mike Green left the game in the first period and did not return, after suffering an upper-body injury when he was hit into the end boards by Columbus forward Boone Jenner (click here to see the video).

By the way, the highlight below is Ryan Johansen‘s goal, his 21st of the season, in the second period to put Columbus up by four goals. The Capitals, including Ovechkin, did a lot of standing around and watching on this goal.

  1. realemman - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    They looked on uninspired during the Johansen goal, and not only during the goal but also the game at large as well.

  2. blomfeld - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:47 PM


    An analogy could be made likening Ovechkin to some hotshot salesman doing a ‘brisk’ business selling time shares aboard RMS Titanic, one hour ‘after’ hitting the iceberg ! The bottom line friends is that selfishness and/or personal gain at the expense of the group or collective cause, constitutes behavior which is both repugnant and loathsome. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Capitals, ever since their entry into the NHL back in ’74, especially with their inclusion of the first ever ‘brother’ in the new age (Mike Marsden). Nonetheless, this is 2014 and a ‘Judas’ is amongst their ranks. Hopefully and God willing, the Capitals can now awake to smell the coffee and have the courage and strength to do ‘that’ which now need to be done … God speed friends, comrade Blomfeld

    • joey4id - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Trade Ovi!

    • theageofquarrel - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      Dude, you shouldn’t be poking fun as your Queens are getting carved up so far in the first period.

      • blomfeld - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        shut up !

      • theageofquarrel - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:10 AM

        Ha! Touched a nerve, eh

  3. rockthered1286 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Can’t blame Ovi for that -5: 2 goals were on the D watching CBJ literally walk into the crease and score, 1 on Carlson making a stupid play with the puck and giving up a SH goal and another both D sucked up and CBJ had an odd man rush. The ONLY one that Ovi can account for was an errant pass that to an odd man break, he sits with a trip to save the goal and they end up scoring.

    • c9castine - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      oh come on now with the excuses. nobody else has such a bad time with this. just admit it, unless he has line mates to counter it, he’s a defensive liability as much as he is an offensive asset at times.

      • vm113 - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        To the ignorant minds, when your job on the team is to score goals, to always put yourself in the position to be able to score goals, you will be a “defensive liability”. Ovi is being asked to score more than ever. The rest of the guys are responsible for covering Ovi’s back. That’s how is works when your team has only one guy that can lit the lamp. You do not score 60 goals in this league without being a “defensive liability”, why is that so hard for some of you to understand!

      • c9castine - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        um ok dude. what color is the sky in your world? must be red.

        there are a lot of guys around the league that are counted upon to score and aren’t such a liability.

        even phil kessel manages to stay around the 0 mark, and he has nobody else from his team on the top 30 scoring board.

        people stop acting like ovechkin is the only offensive threat on that team, thats bull. and somehow he has by far the worst +/1 rating on his team.

  4. barkar942 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Did Ovechkin’s defensive controller batteries go dead again? I hate when that happens!

    • stepanup - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      Time to go with a wired controller. I hear those don’t sell well among Russian wingers though.

      • pfhockey - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:52 AM

        I heard sometimes they are so far behind in the backcheck that the wire disconnects itself from being so far behind.

  5. vstar1us - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:53 PM


  6. killerpgh - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    I’m not a big +/- when you compare players from different team, but I think it has some value when looking at teammates. Ovechkin has the lowest +/- on his team at -17 (-12 is the closest). And out of 817 player who have played in the NHL this year he has the 806th worst +/-. Having a the 8th most points in the NHL and having only 11 people have a worse +/- is kind of impressive.

    • ziplock10 - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:56 AM

      That’s because he, at times just slides back and waits for a chance to score more instead of “D”-ing up!

      Very Carmello Anthony like…..

      I’m a Caps fan and have watched him almost every game and its clearly a problem. A Blue chip coach is going to have to get him to play hockey on both ends. Not just scoring or delivering huge hits……

      • stepanup - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        Bruce is looking pretty Blue Chip in Anaheim right about now.

  7. ziplock10 - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    Growing pains for young defenders. But the heck is going on with the vets?? Ovi included! He is a pure bred scorer, but this isn’t football! The only specialized position is goalie! It’s hare to understand because he does alot of hitting but at times is lackadaisical.

    BTW! The Boone hit on Green. Where was the call? Fisrt hit was fine but he then jumped into his head against the board.

    • contactjdwb - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Hey Moron. Boone and Green both went into the boards… Boone NEVER touched Green. I was there and saw it first hand!

      • ziplock10 - Feb 1, 2014 at 5:57 AM

        You may not be able to view the video on you Inbred Phone, but he hits him off balance and when Green hit the boards, Boone went high, he didn’t hit Green in the head with his shoulder, he just went high and his back drove him into the boards. Go into mommy and daddies room and use their CPU. Type real slow so you don’t hurt yourselve sweety…

  8. cspsrbums - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    You can’t blame all Ovi for last nights debacle. While the D sucked. Holtby has got to come up with a save on that breakaway. Last 2 breakaways Holtby has had it looked like his kegs broke he had no clue. Holtby can’t stop a beach ball right now, and needs to be scratched for Nuevy and Grubaure.

    Nuevy and Grubaure have the same players in front of them and don’t give up 5 goals a game.The team has lost all confidence in him. The goals against his team last 10 games he has played 7 in which he played the whole game. are 5,4,0,2,4,5,5,5,5,5. Just make a timely save once in awhile.

    • ziplock10 - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      Not blaming him BUT WTH!!!! He is always floating! That happening 3 to 6 times a game means almost that many opposition scoring opportunities!!

      Thats like spotting 1,2 powerplays!!!

  9. vbcaps - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    The Craps, I mean Caps will always be my team, but the product is just hard to watch. I know we have some young D men but that 1-3 goal CBJ scored from just inside the blue line was just sad…

    No heart, no compete, just sad effort

  10. jpelle82 - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    the most surprising part of this wasnt that he was -5…it was that his -5 was his career worst.

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