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When you have an owner who acts like a teddy bear, who wants to be loved by his players and who talks tough only when somebody criticizes his beloved employees, what do you expect? His years of country-club attitude create the atmosphere where Ovechkin can embarrass the NHL and the Caps by telling a Russian reporter, “The refereeing . . . how can there be no penalties at all [on one team] during the playoffs? I am not saying there was a phone call from [the league], but someone just wanted Game 7. For the ratings. The lockout . . . the league needs to make profit.” (What, no KGB?)

When you have a general manager who has been in his job 16 years but hasn’t been to the Stanley Cup finals since his first year and that GM builds teams designed to win in the regular season and fill up the rink for his boss but not to weather the demands of the playoffs, why would you think he’s going to win it all?

When you have a star who was made captain not because he deserved it but in the hopes that it would prod him to get in better shape, cut down his carousing and show some leadership, why be shocked when he scores fewer goals (one) in a first-round exit than Rangers fourth-liner Arron Asham?

-Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post where you can read more on the Capitals.

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redxblack's avatar

The snippet relies on the fallacy that an owner can’t have amicable relationships with the players and still have success.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/15/13 at 11:06 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

I don’t know about the conspiracy theory part of his story, and I’m sure some of it is frustration from being shut down for almost an entire series, but Ovi asks a great question.  And its not like we don’t all know that NHL officiating is a complete sham.

So is Ovi embarrasing the league, or is the league doing a fine job of that all by itself?

Posted by Hootinani on 05/15/13 at 11:18 AM ET

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Posted by Hootinani on 05/15/13 at 11:18 AM ET

Amen.

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 05/15/13 at 11:21 AM ET

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Ovi asks a great question.

Does he?

The Wings didn’t take any penalties in game 6 against the Ducks, is that suspicious too?  Seems like that goes against the Bettman-led, league-wide conspiracy against the Red Wings.

Posted by Garth on 05/15/13 at 11:27 AM ET

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Ovi asks a great question.

Does he?

Posted by Garth on 05/15/13 at 11:27 AM ET

He does. Assuming one wants to shift to focus away from how the Capitals actually played.

Posted by SK77 on 05/15/13 at 11:38 AM ET

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Assuming one wants to shift to focus away from how the Capitals actually played.

Fair point.

Posted by Garth on 05/15/13 at 11:48 AM ET

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Does he?

Posted by Garth on 05/15/13 at 11:27 AM ET

He does, thanks for aksing

And like I said, minus the conspiracy theory.  Don’t need a grand plot to just have refs who suck at their job.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/15/13 at 11:52 AM ET

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And like I said, minus the conspiracy theory.

Yeah,except that the only reason he asked the question was to bring up the conspiracy theory.

It’s not a good question because it has a simple, straight-forward answer:  It happens.

It wasn’t the first time in history that a team wasn’t penalized in a playoff game.  It wasn’t even the first time in 2013 that a team wasn’t penalized in a playoff game.

If they had won the game and wasn’t simply using it as an excuse it might have been a good question, but since it was simply used as an excuse, it wasn’t a good question.  At all.  It was a deflection.  It was an excuse.

If you can’t get the job done then why take responsibility when you can blame someone else?

It was pathetic.

Instead of asking “how can there be no penalties at all [on one team] during the playoffs?”, maybe he should be asking “how can it be that the Richard Award winner who averaged a goal a game over the last 20 in the regular season can’t manage more than one goal in a seven-game series against a lesser team?”

Maybe he should take some responsibility for his play.  It isn’t the referees’ fault that he sucked.

Posted by Garth on 05/15/13 at 12:33 PM ET

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Ovie should STFU.  When his team was down 3-nil in Game Seven, they skated faster, hit people harder, and got angrier (I know, my grammatical sentence sucks - shut up).  But there was ZERO scoring chances.  They did everything else but make passes to set up scoring chances.  Incompetent players making one boneheaded, undisciplined, nut-crushing, idiotic play that had nothing to do with trying to win the game.

That team needs an overhaul and Ovie should be stripped of his captaincy.  Give him the “A” but give the “C” to someone like Jason Chimera or, heh, even Steve Erskine.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 05/15/13 at 12:51 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Ovie should STFU

Insert coasting GIF here.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/15/13 at 12:54 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Maybe now he’ll get to play alongside his BFF, Alexander Semin, in the World Championships.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 05/15/13 at 12:59 PM ET

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@SYF, that is, like, the best GIF ever.

Posted by ClintonVerley from Auburn Hills, MI on 05/15/13 at 01:07 PM ET

SYF's avatar

This isn’t?

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 05/15/13 at 01:10 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Maybe now he’ll get to play alongside his BFF, Alexander Semin, in the World Championships.

Posted by SYF from the Flood on 05/15/13 at 12:59 PM ET

that gif is golden

It’s not a good question because it has a simple, straight-forward answer:  It happens.

Ovi’s motivation, no matter how whinny and self serving, doesn’t invalidate the question.  The only thing invalidated by Ovi’s comments is his captaincy.  The only reason a team can go an entire game, playoff or not, without taking a penalty is through poor officiating, not because they did nothing to warrant a penalty.  And yes, that includes Game 6 for the Wings, who got away with a couple of interferences along the boards.  Mickey even pointed one out during his commentary.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/15/13 at 01:16 PM ET

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Posted by SYF from the Flood on 05/15/13 at 12:59 PM ET

Damn!

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/15/13 at 01:24 PM ET

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Someone else posted it in the last LB (I think) and it was the most revealing GIF I’ve ever seen.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 05/15/13 at 01:26 PM ET

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If the NHL doesn’t want to be “embarrassed” it could start by making the refs available to the press and being move about ground in its decision making.  The NHL fosters an atmosphere where fans and teams feel singled out for market driven reasons.  The NHL deserves to be though of this way by its fans and players.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/15/13 at 01:48 PM ET

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and being more above ground in its decision making.

Jesus that was bad

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/15/13 at 01:49 PM ET

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