[from, of all places, ESPN.com]
Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin was watching the Rangers practice when a Rangers trainer complained to the Capitals. Washington PR man Nate Ewell then asked Ovechkin to leave the area.
“Alex was just looking for a place to relax. He likes being by the ice,” said Ewell. “As soon as he found out it made the Rangers uncomfortable, he left.”
When asked why the Rangers wanted him to leave, Ovechkin joked: “Because they’re afraid of me.”
When asked why he did it, Ovechkin joked that he sat there to “tick off” Rangers coach John Tortorella. His answer drew many laughs from reporters.
Tortorella insisted after the skate he had no idea Ovechkin was there.
“Who? Oh, god, this is the first I’ve heard of it,” said Tortorella. “Ask me a question about the game, not that [expletive].”
The last time the the Sabres played the Caps Ovechkin drew some ire for running into Ryan Miller. I wanted to write a post about Ovechkin’s game and why he gets to play aggressive and do hot stick goal celebrations and whatnot. The answer is pretty simple: they let him do it.
It people other than pundits and Don Cherry really had a problem with what he was doing, they would send a message out on the ice. When he runs a goaltender, someone needs to be on top of him making something of it. When he celebrates “too much,” the same should be done. The reason he does whatever he wants is because there are no repercussions for his actions.
Reporters may be laughing and Tortorella may not care, but Ovechkin is testing the limits of his stardom every time he does something like this. He may be trying to mix it up for a team down 2-0, but who knows what a player or team is going to take offense to. It’s only a matter of time, really.