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by Paul on 04/02/14 at 02:27 PM ET
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Alex Ovechkin has received criticism for his absentee defensive play throughout his nine-year NHL career and in the third period of a blowout loss against the Dallas Stars Tuesday night he offered more fuel for his detractors.
At the midway point of the period, Stars veteran Ray Whitney chipped the puck through the neutral zone up to Alex Chiasson, who raced into the Washington end. As the play moved toward the Washington net, though, Ovechkin glided near the offensive blueline, slowly moving up toward the red line and then completely missed Whitney as he cut in front of him to drive down the slot.
It wasn’t until Whitney passed him that Ovechkin took a full stride, even then it was only two steps before he coasted again.
continued with quotes from Oates and video of the goal or watch the video, with evidence, below...
Watch the replay of the goal, keep an eye on Ovechkin at the top of the screen.
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