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Add insult to injury

Posted on: November 30, 2009 11:00 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2009 11:03 pm

Hopefully the apparent knee injury Alex Ovechkin sustained Monday night in Carolina won’t keep the league’s best player out of action.

But a suspension should.

At least for a little while because the Washington Capitals superstar needs to get it through his head that there’s a price to pay for crossing the line repeatedly.

Sure Ovechkin has been slapped on the wrist with fines in the past, most recently for the slew foot he delivered on Atlanta’s Rich Peverley early this season.  But what’s a couple of grand to someone who has a $124 million contract? Apparently it’s not enough to keep him from delivering knee-on-knee hits.

Ovechkin tried it again on Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason, who saw it coming and avoided any real damage. 

Gleason was fortunate. The reality is that Ovechkin is a repeat offender whose recklessness is tolerated because of who his is and what he means to the league. He caught a big break when he put Pittsburgh’s Sergei Gonchar out of action during the playoffs last spring with a knee hit and still avoided suspension, especially when you consider Montreal’s Georges Laraque got five games last week for sidelining Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall for up to two months with a knee-on-knee hit.

Laraque punishment though was as much for his reputation as his action. He is a heavyweight and arguably the league’s top enforcer, but Laraque doesn’t have a history of doing things dirty and he insisted that the Kronwall hit was reflexive rather than intentional.  Maybe, maybe not.

Ovechkin, though, zeroes in on his targets. Just ask Daniel Briere, who was run into the boards three years ago by Ovechkin with a late hit from behind, or Patrick Kaleta, who took a hit that got Ovechkin ejected from a game last week. And certainly Ovechkin had was plenty of time to avoid Gonchar in that hard-fought playoff series against Pittsburgh.

Ovechkin got off easy then. He usually does. He shouldn’t now.

Category: NHL

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2009 4:16 pm

Add insult to injury

What are you? 5 years old at the most.  BTW, where did you pull Ovechicken out of, the bad joke shop?

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2009 4:55 pm

Add insult to injury

He definitely stuck his leg out to hit Tim Gleason. He plays with passion but goes over the edge too frequently. Everybody in the NHL takes a few cheap shots here and there, there is no doubt about it. The opposing teams need to police him and put the enforcers out there with Alex for a few shifts to headhunt him. I would love to see a George Parros, Zach Stortini or a player of that nature catch him with a monster hit and then drop him with a few rights and lefts, strictly as a lesson. I like the way the guy plays and I am not a hater but the NHL has unwritten rules you just follow when you are on the ice. Hockey is still one of the games that has some respect and Alex is showing none lately. What would that scoring machine Tim Gleason  have done with the puck if Alex backs off, go end to end and score??? I say let him play and don't suspend him but let the opposing teams police him for themselves because if he starts getting a bad reputation for being a Dirty player teams will start to run and cheap shot him. 

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2009 4:51 pm

Add insult to injury

"There was no intent to injure"

Yeah. Himself.

You really want to come on here and say you know Ovechicken's intent?

He was just suspended by the league for his non "dirty" unintentional play BTW.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2009 4:43 pm

plays the game the right way

To all you ovechkin haters out there, ovechkin has had some questionable hits, but this one was Gleason's fault. Ovechkin was leading with his shoulder to hit Gleason and Gleason was a girl and moved out of the way and thats when there knees hit.  Ovechkin is one of the best players in the NHL and to all you who think he plays dirty, hockey involves hitting and sometimes you end up in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Ovechkin has 18 goals in 21 games played so even if he does get suspended he'll probably still win the scoring title.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2009 4:41 pm

Add insult to injury

Come on man.  Ovie is not a dirty player, and his game is predicated around playing on the edge.  It is only because you are another stupid Pens fan who defends Crysby for a living.  Ok, so you say he is dirty, that is your opinion.  Go back and look at the tapes of his past majors, and you tell me if they were intentional or meant to hurt the opposition player in any way.  Than get back to me.

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2009 4:30 pm

Add insult to injury

There was no intent to injure.

I wish Pens fan was this upset and came to the defense of that young lady Ben Roeshtutltuesththsitsltebergers alledgedly raped! Where are your priorities!

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2009 4:22 pm

Add insult to injury

Pretty sure Pittsburgh wouldn't give up Crosby, Malkin, Fleury, or Stall individually for him.
Did you mean staal?????  WHAT?? LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO

If Washington made that trade request Staal would find out he was traded by watching TV or listening to the radio because Shero would be too excited to even remember to call and let him know.  Are you joking me???

Fleury??  Hummmm. Tricky.  He's played well in the playoffs once in his young career so far.  I think Pitt's management would salivate at the mouth at the thought of having Ovechkin with Crosby and Malkin on the PP let alone an entire game of those guys taking shifts.   But if you say no to Fleury at least I would understand since goalies are tough to come by.   That all being said, I would be willing to bet that aside from salary cap problems Pitt would jump all over that as well.

Crosby or Malkin? No.   They wouldn't be any worse off with Ovechkin over either one of those guys but probably not much better off either so why make that trade?  

I love the Staal thing though..... that was truly the funniest thing I've heard all day.  Thanks for cheering me up Smile

Molly Hatchett
Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2009 4:04 pm
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Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2009 3:57 pm

Add insult to injury

There's a reason no sensible discussion can be held with pittsburgh fans and that has been showcased once again today.  It's not just Detroit fans or Philly fans or NYC fans or DC fans no one can get through to you people.  You hate Ovechkin, we ALL get it.  The only reason we chime in is because your points and counterpoints defy even the lowest forms of ignorance.  To endle
ssly pontificate on the subject just verifies how un-informed and jaded one fan base can be.  I guess the only thing I can do is join you.....Ovechkin is a dirty player and he's probably pretty mean too!!

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2009 3:48 pm

Add insult to injury

Yup, dude is a douche. Suspend him!! Nice work Wes!

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