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from the Tampa Tribune,
Tocchet is not necessarily interested in seeing some form of retribution against Ovechkin. He wants a far sweeter form of revenge.
“That’s something where you’d like to see your players react,” he said. “But reacting is playing and beating Washington by playing abrasive, it’s not being stupid.”
Tocchet says he wants to win the game so badly, he might resort to chopping his bench down to ridiculous levels.
“I would think guys would be ready to play that game. I’ll go with two lines if there are some guys who aren’t ready to play,” he said. “Right now we’re evaluating our players, and that will be a big part of our evaluation.”
“It’s 10 friggin days since it happened. We have talked to Tampa’s coaches, we have said our speech. The people that are bringing the crap up are you guys. Nobody cares about it anymore. You guys want to bring it up because you want to see a riot, then you want to talk about retribution. It’s the dumbest thing in the world. You gotta have better stuff to talk about.”
-Washington coach Bruce Boudreau. The Capitals face the Lightning tomorrow so the Ovechkin 50th goal celebration was brought up. More at TSN...
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
If this was his last hurrah at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis Joseph found a way to maintain his popularity with the Leafs’ faithful.
Joseph was pressed into action after starting goalie Martin Gerber was tossed late in the game against the Washington Capitals last night for bumping into an official. Joseph not only stopped all nine shots he faced in the final minute of regulation time, but also the Capitals’ three shootout attempts to give the Leafs a 3-2 victory.
In the shootout, Joseph stopped Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and Alexander Ovechkin, who scored his 51st goal in the second period. Joseph was chosen first star for his brief but effective outing.
continued and watch below the shoving incident with Gerber and the referee…
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail (Tuesday edition),
With the high-spirited Ovechkin set to invade the Air Canada Centre tonight, (Ron) Wilson was asked to weigh in on the merriment exhibited by the Capitals forward. Wilson agreed with Cherry that Ovechkin took his celebration too far, but unlike the television commentator, Wilson doesn’t mind lively postgoal festivities.
“I didn’t like what he did in the Tampa game,” Wilson said in reference to Ovechkin’s controversial actions last week. “When it’s orchestrated, I don’t think that is right. Being exuberant and happy when you score or a teammate scores, I think we need more of that.”
The words of Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner tonight.
from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post,
Let the Great Eight celebrate.
The last thing the NHL needs is to inhibit its most exciting star for the sake of maintaining the decorum that every other major sport abandoned 30 years ago.
That includes Bruce Boudreau, the Capitals’ excellent but old-school coach who apparently paddled Alex Ovechkin in private yesterday, then said: “I’ve never seen him do a celebration like that. But I don’t expect it to happen again.”
If it does, just take a few deep breaths. Join the 21st century, or, for that matter, the last quarter of the 20th. Ovechkin doesn’t need to stop his goal-glorifying antics, not even his controversial premeditated “hot-hot-hot stick” pantomime on Thursday night after scoring his 50th goal of the season.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
And frankly I didn’t see anything wrong with the NHL’s most charismatic player going a little overboard to celebrate his monumental goal, just the way I can still see Theo Fleury racing to centre ice, dropping to his knees and spinning with his arm pumping the air in one of the most enthusiastic goal celebrations in NHL history.
So when my colleague Nick Kypreos went on the air after the Leafs game and ripped Ovechkin, I thought he was just nitpicking, a la Don Cherry who is sure to rip the Russian Saturday night on Coach’s Corner.
After he was off the air, Kyper continued his rant and I continued to disagree with him. Right up until he said to me, “Would you want either of your boys to do that?”
Without hesitation I responded, “nope.”
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
He (Mike Green) seemed to be moving okay. But he definitely is not “fine” as both he and Coach Bruce Boudreau said after the Caps’ 5-2 win. If had to speculate, I would guess that he’s got an abdominal or oblique strain.
The team has not provided an official update on his status.
from Tarik El-Bashi of Capitals Insider,
Here’s what Alex Ovechkin had to say about his goal celebration tonight: “Me, Jose Theodore, [Nicklas] Backstrom and [Mike Green] said if I score goal, Jose tell me just put the stick on the ice and try act like it’s so hot. Backie stopped and Greenie stopped, so I have to do it myself.”
When I asked him if he expected to be ripped by Don Cherry, he shot back with a big smile: “Oh yeah, he’s going to be [ticked] off for sure. I love it. I can’t wait ‘til he says something about me. Old coaches, old system, you know?”
more inlcuding reaction from Boudreau and Tocchet.
If you missed the goal and celebration, watch it here.
added 8:55am, Damian Critodero of the St. Petersburg Times has more from the Tampa side…
added 10:57am, Locker room video added below…
Alexander Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season midway in the first period against the Lightning.
AO followed the goal with a celebration with his hands wiggling over his stick which he had placed on the ice.
added 8:36pm, via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
After ripping a shot past Mike McKenna, Ovechkin dropped his stick then bent over it and attempted to pick it up. But each time he reached down he pretended that the stick was too hot to touch.
The Lightning fans didn’t appreciate the gesture and booed Ovechkin. Can’t wait to see what Don Cherry will have to say about it on Coach’s Corner on Saturday night.
video added 10:25pm...
added 10:47pm, Extended version of the video added below which was provided by On Frozen Blog....
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