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Ease Up On AO

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In the end, whether a player is “good” with the media, or cantankerous and sullen, only matters to, well, the media.

And having carved Alex Ovechkin for having been more the latter at various times, we admit to taking some small satisfaction from the flameout of Ovechkin’s Russian squad at the 2010 Olympics and again at the World Championships later in the spring.

But lately, we’ve been wondering if that was just us being small.

And we’ve been similarly wondering if maybe we are hypercritical of Ovechkin because, well, he’s an easy target. He’s Russian. He’s sometimes flippant (as he was in the playoffs, making fun of Montreal netminder Jaroslav Halak). And because he hasn’t had the success of, say, a Sidney Crosby, it makes it easier to pile on.

“He’s outspoken, too,” Washington coach Bruce Boudreau suggested in an interview Tuesday. “So that makes him an easier target because people want to prove everything that he says wrong.”


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Burnside once again defending Ovechkin? Boooooring. This guy’s a huge OV apologist. He defended him a number of times last season when everyone but Caps fans and OV fanboys was calling for his suspension.

This guy and Damien Cox are my least favorite NHL columnists. And Larry Brooks.

Posted by KLS Line 20-82-27 on 09/21/10 at 07:52 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

Ease up on AO? He can’t be serious.

Posted by cs6687 on 09/21/10 at 08:20 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

I’m certainly no apologist or fanboy, but if Ovechkin was Canadian, he’d be more popular than Jesus.

Crosby is just as cantankerous and sullen when he loses, the only difference is that a) he’s Canadian, and b) he’s Canadian.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 09/21/10 at 09:05 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

LEAVE OVIE ALONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL  tongue rolleye

Posted by Evilpens on 09/21/10 at 09:09 PM ET


If Crosby hadn’t scored that goal in OT and Canada had lost, they’d be saying he had a poor olympics. Crosby is a great player.  I think Ovie is more exciting and that’s what entertainment is all about.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/21/10 at 09:30 PM ET



Here we go again—Ovie’s PASSION being used to explain his general jack-a**ery. 

Because it’s not as if any other players in the NHL want so desperately to win, right? 

Oh, wait, yes they do.  And yet somehow other players manage to conduct themselves like professionals.  Imagine that.

Posted by Lex Talionis on 09/21/10 at 09:51 PM ET

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