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A Playoff Atmosphere In Winnipeg

from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,

“I thought that was a heck of a game,” Noel said afterward. “It would have been a sad game to lose, really.”

So what did he learn about his team on this night? “I learned that I like them as much as I liked them the last month and two months,” he said with a smile. “I continue to like them.”

He also learned something about the MTS Centre crowd, which was more boisterous than ever and generated a playoff-like atmosphere while making life as miserable as possible for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin in particular. At one point the crowd repeatedly chanted “Crosby’s Better” just as the big forward hit the ice.

“That’s what you’ve got to like,” Noel said shaking his head and laughing. “It’s not the standard boo yea, boo yea. They come up with new things. They are just ruthless.”

Ovechkin took the taunts in stride, joking afterward that it’s all good for the game. “It’s always nice when they talk about you and give you attention,” he said. “I love it. It’s great for the league. It’s great for us. Everybody [debates] who’s better and who’s not. For me, it’s a nice atmosphere, and I love it.”

more on the game and below, watch and hear Winnipeg fans with the “Crosby’s Better” jeer….

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If it took Winnipegers this long to realize that Crosby’s better than Ovechkin, then the stereotypes that Canadian prairie folk are slow and not all there are true…

Posted by Right Winger from Washington, DC on 03/17/12 at 10:21 AM ET

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