Six different Capitals scored on their way to a victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Jose Theodore made 28 saves and Alex Ovechkin led the team with a four-point night.
1G, 3A, +1, Total time 24:03, Average 00:57, 6 shots on goal, 2 hits.
It’s pretty late and I’m tired but I just wanted to write a couple notes about the game and my continuing admiration for Ovechkin before I pass out.
Well, a lot of the rough stuff at least. It was a pretty physical game. Ovechkin had two defensemen on him in the offensive zone corner, and Boyd Gordon came to help him out, but on his way, Corey Perry turned and punched him in the face. Totally caught offguard, Gordon fell to the ice and the two were rolling around in a scuffle. Once the linesmen broke it up, Boyd Gordon’s face was covered in blood. But he got stitched up real quick and came back.
A bit later on in the period, Mike Green had the puck and decided to go coast-to-coast, and as he got down to the other end, Chris Pronger just leveled him behind the goal. Ovechkin saw this, tore towards Pronger and was given a charging penalty.
In the second period, Parros and Brashear dropped the gloves. Now this was a great bout between two heavyweights. Parros got in some really solid tags, but Brashear was just completely unaffected by them, got in a couple himself and then it was over. Brash didn’t seem to have any damage at all, but it looked like Parros may have had a cut above the eyebrow and was seen icing his knuckles in the box.
A bit later in the period, Ovechkin was speared in the groin by Steve Montador. UNCOOL. He was in a lot of pain and once he got to the bench, you could see by the profanity that he was not having a good rest.
There was another time (I think near the end of the game) when someone tried something with Backstrom and Ovechkin just went off on the Ducks player. It’s insane how quick he was to get to the defense of his fellow teammates.
Now I will gush, so stop reading now if you don’t want to hear it. It’s yet another one of the many things I admire about the character of this guy. The way he steps up for his teammates and lets the opposition know they can’t get away with messing with the star players is just crazy to see coming from a guy who is a superstar himself. He clearly values his teammates above himself, and that may make fans and Boudreau gasp, but it’s a very noble trait in my opinion.
"A guy like Alex Ovechkin probably rubs off on everybody in the league," Anaheim's Bobby Ryan said. "You're certainly excited to see him play and compete against him. He brings out his best every game and brings out the best in everybody around him."
*Things got a little rough late in the game, and at one point Bobby Ryan, who scored twice for Anaheim, took a few liberties with Backstrom. Ovechkin took exception and the he and Ryan started to go at it. Ryan dropped his glove; Ovechkin never did.
"I told him it's not my job to fight," Ovechkin said with a smile. "My job is score goals. I was just trying to protect Backie."
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