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from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Ovechkin remained on the ice for a concerning length of time but after being tended to by head athletic trainer Greg Smith made his way to the bench and didn’t miss a shift. Once he joined his teammates, though, Ovechkin began barking at the officials for what he believed was a missed penalty call on the play. He was so angry he kicked the boards once he sat down on the bench.
“I think it was a trip. I hit head into boards,” Ovechkin said, gesturing to his right cheek. “I don’t know what the referee doing out there but it was clear two minutes and they just play.”
Coach Adam Oates seemed to absolve the officials for not calling a penalty.
“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.”
Hejda said there was no harm intended on the play and that he didn’t trip Ovechkin, but rather that the winger stepped on the stick blade.
more with Ovechkin saying he was speared too...
Maybe it was just a bad night for Ovechkin, watch below...
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed left wing Jason Chimera to a two-year contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Chimera will earn $2.0 million per year from 2014-15 through the 2015-16 season.
Chimera, 34, has recorded 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 16 games this season. The Edmonton, Alberta, native was named the NHL’s “Third Star” for the week ending Nov. 3 after posting a career-high four points (one goal, three assists) on Nov. 1 against Philadelphia and recording a career-long four game goal streak (10/24-11/1: four goals, five assists). Chimera has registered 107 points (45 goals, 62 assists) and 251 penalty minutes in 265 career games with Washington.
Once Emery quickly got the upper hand in this fight and Holtby was incapacitated I would have grabbed/tied up Emery's punching arm and slipped my chest and body in front of the Flyer fighter and skated him backward with my legs driving quickly and forcefully. I would immediately talk with the player to get his mind distracted and his adrenaline under control.
At no time when a player was taking a severe beating would I stand on the sidelines and allow it to happen without intervening, nor would I waive players away from coming to the aid of their teammate that was placed in a position of peril. I would assess the appropriate penalties that resulted from a third-man-in.
-Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read much more on this topic.
You had the opportunity to watch the Flyers/Capitals fight earlier with the Philadelphia broadcasters calling the play, now let's see how the Washington crew handled it.
Flyers were losing 7-0 early in the 3rd period when this happened...
Boxscore from the battle is below.
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
... And yet, there is always something with The Great 8, some little piece of total reverence that is withheld when a coach or a teammate or an opponent speaks of him, as if unconditional praise would be not entirely honest because ... why?
Because he scores a lot on the power play, and 5-on-5 he's not as dominant? Or because of that career nadir he hit in 2010-11 and 2011-12, when his merely mortal numbers (32 and 38 goals, respectively) -- with a Russian train wreck at the Vancouver Olympics thrown -- had the whole world on his case about bacchanalian excesses and lifestyle and lack of team success, and general ... well, Russian-ness?
Or because Ovechkin beat out the North American darling, Sidney Crosby, for the Hart Trophy (his third) last spring, when he seemed to single-handedly lift Washington into the playoffs with a ridiculous 22 goals in the team's last 21 games -- leading some to wonder where he'd been hiding for the first half of the season when the Caps could have used him?
Whatever it is, the tenor of the conversation Monday was ever-so slightly restrained, even as Ovechkin entered the game on an other-worldly 32-goals-in-32-games regular season streak (10-in-11 this term) -- the sort of numbers no other NHL player had reached since Pavel Bure did it (also spanning parts of two seasons) in Florida, 12 years ago.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
There are no Terrell Owenses in the National Hockey League. Chad Ochocinco would have had the self-aggrandizement wrung out of him at his first training camp, and likely, the name bar would never have changed in hockey, as it did in the NFL. The closest thing hockey does have, however, is Alex Ovechkin, whose celebrations when he scores—or displays of public anguish when he doesn’t—are as natural as it comes.
Ovechkin wasn’t exactly self-promoting after sniping the opening goal of a 4–1 win Thursday in Edmonton when he quipped, “We score first, and it gives us a little bit freedom.” In fact, what we would have preferred to hear is this: “You just can’t get a puck more top-corner than that goal. I mean, wow! I’m not sure if it glanced off the crossbar, the post—or both!”
But if Ovechkin is not as eloquent in the postgame dressing room while conversing in his second language, it is on the ice where he speaks in his primary tongue—the language of hockey. There, he breathes life into a sport and a league mired in rules that forbid the tucking in of a jersey.
“Inside, everybody is excited. Everybody gets emotional. But some players are really good at blocking out the highs and lows,” said Oilers captain Andrew Ference, who saw a lot of Ovechkin during his time as a Bruin. “I’ve played with a lot of great players who keep their emotions in check. Externally, they’re not bubbly personalities. But once the game is over, they’re fully appreciative of what they’ve done.
“[Ovechkin’s] just different in the fact he’s very raw. He wears his emotions on his sleeve, which a lot of us don’t do. Simply because we don’t want that roller coaster.”
via Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
“I didn’t think Greenie was having his best night,” Coach Adam Oates said. “The other guys were going pretty good, it got late in the game and I think [assistant coach] Calle [Johansson] just went with Carly and Steveo for a couple shifts.”
Green was on the ice for two of the Jets’ four goals, both tallies by Bryan Little. On the first, he turned over the puck in the neutral zone sparking the 2-on-1 that led to Little’s shorthanded tally in the second period. Then in the third, he was caught in no-man’s land in what was a haphazard shift in Washington’s own end by all involved that led to Winnipeg’s fourth tally.
Those two shifts along with the failed clearing attempts, misplayed passes and bad pinches piled up to result in Green not skating a single shift past 9:25 remaining in the third period. His 18:13 total ice time is the first time this season he hasn’t eclipsed the 20 minute mark.
But Oates made it clear that he saw this game as a blip for Washington’s ice-time leader and two-time Norris Trophy finalist.
“It’s something that you feel as a coach in the course of the game, but Greenie’s our man,” Oates said. “It’s a minor hiccup.”
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Erat, 32, skated a season-low 6 minutes 20 seconds against New York in Wednesday’s loss but hasn’t played more than 11:50 in any single game this season.
It’s the most diminished role he’s ever held during his 12-year NHL career, and Erat — who has recorded 50-point seasons five times in his career, most recently in 2011-12 — has made it clear he’s not thrilled with the situation.“I have no idea what’s going on,” Erat said. “I’m just trying to stay positive and hope this is just a bump in the road and see how it goes.
“It’s not my position to be in this. I’m not 21 years old waiting for somebody to get hurt or somebody to play bad. It’s not in my system,” Erat said. “In my 12 years I’ve never played less than 10 minutes. It’s kind of new for me. I have to stay in shape in case something happens, but we’ll see what’s going to happen.“
Each time he’s been asked about Erat’s ice time, Coach Adam Oates cites the difficulty in finding playing time for all of Washington’s forwards. There’s been trouble in determining where Erat fits now that Brooks Laich, who was injured last year at the trade deadline, is healthy.
“Defensively, it’s like a fire drill in there. We’re not doing a good enough job at our system, what we’re supposed to do. And when we don’t, we’re leaving a guy in front. We’re getting beat out of the corner. It’s been bad in the D zone. It’s been frustrating.”
-Karl Alzner of the Washington Capitals after losing 2-0 to the New York Rangers. More on the game from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
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