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Ovechkin Snaps on Teammates After 2-OT Loss to Boston

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Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin

Leadership comes in many forms. East Division captains like Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron are some of the most revered captains in hockey because they lead by example, often quietly and effectively. Fellow Stanley Cup-winning captain Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals has a different reputation.

Ovechkin let his teammates have it after a bad play led to Boston Bruins winger Craig Smith scoring a double-overtime goal to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 double-OT win in Game 3 at TD Garden.

For the third straight game, Washington took the Bruins to overtime, and for the second time, the Bruins won.

However, this time it was not a great goal. It wasn’t even a good goal. Washington goalie Ilya Samsonov didn’t play in the first two games because of disciplinary reasons and being placed in COVID protocol.

Samsonov stopped 40 of the first 42 shots, but the 43rd was a whoops, which drew the ire of Ovechkin.

Boston won the game 3-2 and leads the Round One series against the Washington Capitals, 2-1.

Whether Ovechkin was barking at Samsonov or former Pittsburgh Penguins defender turned Capitals defenseman Justin Schultz is unknown. Schultz could be seen coasting back to the puck, which allowed Smith to win the battle and get a good wraparound attempt cleanly.

Schultz should never have let it happen.

UPDATE: Premier Russian reporter Slava Malamud offered a translation to our Boston site, and it looks like Oveckin was barking at Samsonov.

Pittsburgh Penguins radio color commentator also jumped on the incident.

Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the series in the first period. It was a power-play tally. Washington led 2-1 until midway through the third period. Bruins winger Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal after Nic Dowd took a high-sticking penalty.

Five minutes into doule-overtime, Smith picked Schultz’s pocket and ended the game.

“It looked like one of them went for ‘leave it,’ and one went for an outlet pass,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. “There was just a little bit of a miscommunication. It was a tough break the way the game ended. I thought Sammy played a hell of a game for us.”

Quote per Washington Post report Samantha Pell Twitter. Ovechkin was not one of the Zoom interviews after the game.

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crazyhorse87
crazyhorse87
4 months ago

Poor Great 8 was irate.

MrNails
MrNails
4 months ago
Reply to  crazyhorse87

It was his fate, mate; his teammates did something not great.

Last edited 4 months ago by MrNails
il'ja
il'ja
4 months ago

Slava gave the PG-13 version. The full translation is oh, my. Let’s just say “stronger”.

Dan Kingerski
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  il'ja

Since you’ve translated Russian for us before–go ahead, or email me! I need to know!!

ScottishSteel
ScottishSteel
4 months ago

Ovechkin is a POS on and off the ice

Chase Ranson
Chase Ranson
4 months ago

Schultz was released for a reason over paid also

Eric
Eric
4 months ago
Reply to  Chase Ranson

Chase, obviously don’t follow hockey closely. Shultz scored 27 points in 46 games for the Caps and availed almost 20 minutes a game. Not a bad year. It was a clear miscommunication between him and goalie, and not an estimation of his performance.

Jay
Jay
4 months ago

Does anybody remember a few years back when Ovechkin cost his team the win(s) when he just glided and coasted to the puck putting in zero effort and you could just tell he didn’t give a shit?!?! Clown is a huge hypocrite! At least it was a miscommunication between the players and not just giving up on the play like he has clearly done.

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Judith Borland
Judith Borland
4 months ago

I see comments discussing all types of views on this but no views as to the sloppy play of Schultz He was slow getting back, did not seem to have his head in the game as to what to do and cost the Caps another win There needs to be accountability for his play as well If Ovi is a leader then he needs to put this team on his shoulders and start lead on the ice

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