Yeah, I know, Caps lost 2:5 to Sharks thanks to Boudreau's excellent vision of team defense (esp. on the road) (and no way Mike Green could make it to team Canada with his defensive play), but at least Ovi had scored on his Kazakh's bro Nabby-okov. Hehe.
At the end of the game Ovi got really mad at Boyle's hitting him (video later) and almost got into the fight. Not that I want him to fight, that's how he can easily get injured, but it could be interesting. Luckily for Sharks there was not much time left for Ovi to do the damage.
Ovi speaks after the game vs Sharks (WashCaps TweetMic)
Tarik: I've never seen you dropping the gloves before except pre-season game vs Mike Richards...
Ovechkin: I tried to drop the gloves, but thanks God the ref was there, I didn't get hurt... :-)
Murray and Blake (6-foot-4, 225-pound) were shadowing Ovi all night long, what a nightmare, even for Ovi. Douglas Murray is 6-foot-3, 240-pound, 3 pounds heavier than Ovi (6-foot-2, 237-pound) and Ovi couldn't do any damage to him.
Murray's hit on Morozov (concussion) following the fight with Kovalchuk (WHC in Quebec)
1 goal, total ice time 23:06, average shift 01:12 (way too long even for Ovi's standards), 3 shots on goal, 6 attempts blocked, 1 missed, 6 hits.
From Sharks Page:
In an interview on CSNBA's Chronicle Live, Alexander Ovechkin discussed scoring 2 goals on Evgeni Nabokov back in October (a 4-1 Caps win), it was the first time he scored against the San Jose Sharks. "It is a pretty good feeling when you score on any team, especially when I was a little kid my favorite team was San Jose," Ovechkin told Greg Papa. "I was nervous when I played against them, but I am happy I scored. Nabokov is a great goalie, and a good friend of mine, I am pretty happy when I scored against him."
David Pollak on the San Jose Sharks, Dec. 31, 2009:
Early in the game he leveled Boyle against the boards just before the first Sharks goal and later it looked as if the two of them might actually start throwing.
“I saw him coming,” Boyle said of that first period hit from Ovechkin. “I’ve played against him enough. You’ve got to take the hit to make the play.”
Murray, who was out with the flu the last time the Sharks played Washington, had nothing but praise for Ovechkin after the game:
“He’s a great player, exciting to play against and he keeps you on your toes the whole time. He always does different things. He doesn’t really have any patterns to his game and he really keeps you in the game.
“He’s plays hockey the way it’s supposed to be played, and I think he’s great for this league and hockey in general. He’s great for the league and hockey in general.”