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Video: Oates accuses Ovechkin of quitting on fourth Dallas goal

Apr 2, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin‘s effort is once again being questioned in Washington. And this time it’s by his coach, Adam Oates, who today accused his captain of quitting on the fourth of five goals the Dallas Stars scored last night at the Verizon Center.

As you can see above, Oates was referring to the fact Ray Whitney was allowed to blow by Ovechkin in the neutral zone to pick up a pass from Alex Chiasson in the slot and get it to Dustin Jeffrey for the goal.

As you can see below, Ovechkin was already under the microscope for his five-on-five defensive play. Despite the fact he leads the league with 48 goals, the Russian winger is an NHL-worst minus-36, and his Capitals are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

PS — Ovechkin wasn’t the only Cap to be called out by Oates:

PPS — Just for fun…


  1. sharkie29 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    That last gif of the NY empty netter was brutal

    • barkar942 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      I hate when the batteries in my controller die!

      • 950003cups - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        Ovechkin should head to the KHL too.

    • 11111111111a22 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Google “ovechkin controller disconnected gif”

      Do it now, thank me later.

      • sumkat - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        lol, consider yourself thanked

    • fivetozeroingame7 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      So many of us have tried to help you out, and you Craps fans just won’t listen

    • chanceoffleury - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      It will seriously never stop being hilarious to me. Now when Crosby did it a couple weeks ago it wasn’t so funny to watch, haha! But the Ovi one will never cease to make me laugh absolutely any time I watch it.

      Here’s the Crosby version. He must have thought Malkin had it handled…
      (–/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA–/ )

    • sabatimus - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      And to think SI had him in the conversation for MVP less than a month ago. What utter BS.

    • blomfeld - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:33 PM


      Notwithstanding the shameless ‘depravity’ of his cold and thoughtless actions, I for one say “Hear Hear” to Brough and crew for having the courage as a media source to finally stand up on behalf of the people and say ‘that’ which needs to be said !

      FU OVI ! … AND ‘F’ RASPUTIN WHILE YOU’RE AT IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. sonofsamiam - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Wow that is quite a gif. Stick or no stick, Ovy has to do better than that.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      sadly he has his stick, he’s just got it in front of him where you cant see it in the .gif …here’s the whole video …

      • 7mantel - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Oats should have torn into him like Billy Martin tore into Reggie Jackson ,then bench him next game !

      • fivetozeroingame7 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        I don’t remember this one. Did this come in the playoffs?

      • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        yes. yes it did. finally your handle becomes relevant again…congratulations for keeping this going for almost a full year now.

  3. killerpgh - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    So you’re saying Ovechkin is out of the Selke race.

  4. c9castine - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    wow. lol it almost looks like he was photoshopped into that NYR gif thats how ridiculous it is..

    hes literally just standing motionless while letting his skates carry him forward as he stares at a wide open shooter.

  5. killhowe - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    That’s not captain material. The team should strip the “C” off him, but there’s to many people worried what it would do to the Sid vs Ovi rivalry.

    • barkar942 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Time for McPhee to go, and it is time to buy out Ovie and send him home to Kovy. His glory days are over-everyone knows how to cover him to stop his offensive prowess (although I admit he can still score)-his defensive liability is too massive for the team to overcome. Time to blow it up in DC and rebuild.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        not gonna happen and he’s scoring as much as he ever was. just think if he could be paired with someone responsible enough to make up for his defensive lacking though…. like if the caps got kesler somehow to help out as his center instead. you think his 50 goals a year is easy enough to replace by just buying him out? i do agree with one part though…even in a hypothetical situation mcphee has to be gone for any of it to ever work again in dc.

    • c9castine - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      i agree about mcphee i dont think ovie needs bought out..

      they have done a really poor job of surrounding him with better quality players and players that have attributes that would cover up his weaknesses.

      i dont see any championship type centers on this team. not enough grinding wingers who also score. this team is soft on the boards, softer in the middle. no defensive responsibility anywhere in the team really…mediocre goaltending.

      right now, they need a new GM bad. start there and see what happens.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        backstrom is a damn good center and not bad in his own zone either…he’s just not on ovechkin’s line anymore…for some reason….adam oates……wtf.

      • ironyisadeadscene - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        you accusing jay beagle of not being a quality reliable center?


    • goodolejr - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      At this point, I don’t even think there IS a Sid/Ovi rivalry anymore. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to see Ovi back to scoring a ton of goals, but his extreme lack of enthusiasm to play any semblance of defense completely destroys any idea of a rivalry. Plus/minus is one of the worst stats to use when evaluating a player BUT there is always an exception…putting up 48 goals while also being -36 is terrible. Dead last in +/- and none of the 19 players before him have broken 20 goals. That’s just…wow. I wouldn’t say they should buy him out but on a team with an overall defensive problem, you can’t have a captain who refuses to play defense. Strip him of the C and if he pulls a Kovy after that, so be it. Easy for me to say as I’m not a Caps fan but trust me, if Giroux did stuff like this we’d ALL be running him out of Philly. Hell a good portion of our fanbase already tried for less. This crap is just embarrassing.

  6. charlieconway96 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Looks like me towards the end of a two hour game of pick up.

    • c9castine - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      i mean even at that point i would throw my stick at the puck haha..

  7. m1k3g - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    This guy is a bum. Even Caps fans won’t defend him anymore. If you’ve ever seen him play live, his effort is almost laughable.

    Even when he’s on the bench, he’s the closest player to the offensive zone.

  8. jb8588 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    If Oates seriously wants to send a message through his thick skull, then scratch him next game. I don’t care how many goals you have…his lack of defensive responsibility (especially on this goal) is a huge concern that has never improved and hurts the team. Doing somethign bold and scratching Ovi would honestly earn Oates a lot more respect than he would think.

    • jb8588 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM


    • abizzle03 - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      Yeah, but instead, Oates puts him out there for the power play with 2 minutes left when they are down 5-0. Don’t make any effort defensively, but sure, go out and chase 50! That’ll teach him!

      It’s such a joke and the Capitals have no one to blame but themselves. They were more concerned with propping him up as a superstar opposite Crosby than developing a complete player who could lead a team. I can’t stand the Caps, so I hope they continue to let him keep doing what he’s doing. It will only hold them back.

  9. jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    its ok though…he’s probably going to score 50 and win the richard this year and therefore technically he will justify his paycheck yet again. the guy’s got all the big hardware except the team ones

  10. bildomac07 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    I get that he gets paid to score goals and that’s what his job is. No one expects him to be a selke candidate, but a lack of effort is unexcusable especially from a captain… If you want to be considered one of the greats then this isn’t going to cut it…

  11. titansbro - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Trade him. Seriously. Think of what you could get for him. A minus 36? Jeez.

    • redskins82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      As a hardcore Caps fan, I’m not denying that a -36 is awful and he does loaf it from time-to-time, but he was a +45 in 2009-2010 and he played zero defense whatsoever that year. Also, Jeff Schultz was a +50. Seriously. This stat says more about the team than anything else (i.e. our defense and coaching sucks).

      Anyone that watches this team play every night knows that Ovi gives more effort than just about everyone on the team except Ward, Fehr, and Chimera.

    • lowenni - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Have to disagree. Ward, Fehr, and Chimera are the only ones on the whole team who give any effort at all. Ovi’s lack of effort is hidden by his powerplay prowess, and the occasional rush into the offensive zone. As a Caps fan I love Ovechkin for what he is, a goalscorer, but a grinder and hard-working player he is not. Most of the time he floats around the offensive and defensive zones waiting for the puck to come to him. If he finds it in a corner instead of cycling the puck he’ll just throw it at the net–no matter where he is. He’ll turn the puck over too. In the defensive zone he does nothing. He loves the game but doesn’t bring the effort every night that a captain needs to bring. It’s rubbed off on the team, too.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        nailed it

      • redskins82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        I don’t disagree with those points, but you are also overlooking the good and focusing on the bad. Yes, he’s a goal scorer, but he also creates scoring plays and is an excellent passer. He sees the play develop before most of his teammates do. I think we can all agree that this year has been a disaster, but it’s not fair to place the blame squarely on Ovi. Take him out of the equation and we don’t even sniff the playoffs in any of the last three seasons. He certainly takes plays off, but can carry the team on his back as well.

  12. ntvd7 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    How is he a captain???????

    Captains lead by example and this is clearly not the way to do it

  13. joey4id - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Yawn! Tell us something the knowledgable hockey minds don’t know. Get rid of him. He’s not worth the money nor the title of franchise player that comes with it. As I wrote in a previous article, the buyout would be around 46 mil. The Caps would save 6.6 mill per year at the outset. What a flop?

    • sabatimus - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      Where’s the quote from your personal notebook? You’re getting lazy joey.

      • joey4id - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        Is that a challenge?

  14. fivetozeroingame7 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Minus 36 losers!!!!!!!!!!

    • govtminion - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      We get it, you’re not a Caps fan.

    • ithacamike - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      STILL only 1 cup in 73 years

  15. slaugin - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    You are underselling Backstrom. He is a legit center

  16. slaugin - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Oates had a great career and he was responsible defensively, I feel like he has no say in the direction of the team.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      he has too much say. he has made nothing but headscratching decisions since the day he got into town.

    • hockeydon10 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Feel like? He doesn’t. And if he benches Ovie for this it’ll be a short conversation between Ovie and GMGM then a couple days later Oates will be fired. GMGM does what Ovechkin says.

      • stixzidinia - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        And that’s why the Caps are the Caps.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      not sure how pht missed this one…

  17. bigtganks - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Canucks will take him!!!! Straight up for both Sedin’s and Booth!

    • hockeydon10 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      LOL! That Torts explosion would be something to see.

    • jernster21 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Gillis will only do it Ovechkin is willing to sign a 10 year extension.

  18. flyboystransport - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Those videos just totally changed my opinion of ovie

    • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      where have you been? i hope this is sarcasm right?

  19. jernster21 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Look, I understand that English isn’t Ovechkin’s first language, and that he has yet to understand the english word “defense” but the Caps need to clean house. It’s unacceptable when the supposed leader/captain of the team just gives up like that. It’s great that he’s the best offensive player on the team, no one is denying that, but captain and best offensive player are not mutually exclusive and what sort of message does it send to the rest of the team when the “captain” plays like that? No one else is going to call him out. Fire GMGM, strip Ovechkin of the C and give it to someone who actually plays with some heart.

  20. 101starmymedic - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    I love watching this, I love knowing that Ovechkin is really just a shallow, one-dimensional player. Even when he does play, all he does is sit off to the side waiting for a one-timer.

    You can’t really argue that he’s good. He’s not. He’s just pathetic. The fact that he’s a Captain shows you what type of people are running that organization.

    • joey4id - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      In all fairness, he does bring some value to the team. However, not $9 million worth. I’ve been saying this since Pitt beat the Caps in the conference semis, actually before, but his inability to outplay 87 in game 7 confirmed what I thought of 8. That he would never be more than a flashy player. Spectacular goal scorer, though predicable, amazing shooting ability, excellent skater and body checker. Very average passer (perhaps below average), terrible hockey IQ, and an absolute liability when his team doesn’t have the puck. Can he play on the second line of another team? Yes, and he can and should be on the PP. But, he is NOT a $9 million player and certainly not a guy worthy of the C. He doesn’t have the brains or the heart for that role, and will never have it.

  21. zinger99 - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    A Russian quitting? Gee,imagine that!

  22. ron05342 - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:35 PM

  23. savior72 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    He’s Russian, plays in DC. Maybe he’s protesting the U.S. Sanctions on Russia?

  24. bricktop02 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Lazy Bolshevik Oats should bench him.

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