Reactions to Ovi’s 50th goal celebration as flying in fast and furious on hockey’s most popular blog — hundreds of them. The sound and the fury aligns really in just two camps: Sacre Bleu!, the celebration was an affront to all that is time-honored and revered in our great game (the one that never really has been able to sell in the lower 48); and Welcome to the 21st century and athlete as entertainer — what’s all the fuss about?
But what’s most interesting to me within the vantage of the offended is their now long-standing admonition that by virtue of Ovi’s at times irrational exuberance, he’s really gonna get his one day.
That day just doesn’t seem to arrive, does it? Ever.
Last night, Tampa’s Lukas Krajicek, at 6 ‘2, 200, stood immediately behind Ovi as the celebration ensued . . . and took it. And so did the rest of the ‘Bolts for the game’s following 50 minutes. Among the loudest of lamenters in the post game was Tampa coach Rick Tocchet, who professed himself grieviously aggrieved by the action. Well, he had two full intermissions to address the matter with his troops last night; I didn’t see much in the way of Old Time Hockey directed Ovi’s way, did you?
Maybe opponents’ reticence toward the Russian is related to their having been hit by Ovechkin, and an understandable concern of the speed of freight train no. 8 on its next delivery if the conductor is a little ornery. Toccket and his charges get a crack at righting their perceived wrong next Friday night here in D.C. Anyone think it’ll feature one of Tocchet’s longed-for “three-hour” first periods?
Among my favorite reactions at Puck Daddy today:
“Potential retribution”? Ovy’s 50th was in the _1st_ period, yes? The Bolts had over 50 minutes of ice time to exact their “retribution” — I saw nothing that looked remotely like it (and it’s not like they had anything _else_ to play for). Tocchet? All mouth and no team.”
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“This latest AO post has a whiff of “holier than thou” attitude and Rick Tocchet’s opinion, that paragon of honor and good judgment, isn’t terribly persuasive. Like #19, I watched Ovechkin’s post-game interview and it’s pretty clear he’s of sound mind and knows the consequences of his actions. Like it or not, there’s at least one authentic personality in the NHL.”
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” . . .when you’re that badass you can do whatever you want.”
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“Ovechkin is exactly what hockey needs. He is the only guy on the ice . . . home or away . . . who I watch fans of both teams leave their seats every time he touches the puck and admire his skill and ability . . . his personality makes him even better. For all those who say someone should retaliate, and he will get taken care of in Washington . . . or someone is going to hit him when he celebrates . . . no they arn’t. I have heard this said on numerous occasions this year, and what do I see when I tune into watch the next Capitals game: I see Ovechkin dishing out more hits than most defenseman and flying around the ice like he always does.”
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“How can you not love a guy who wakes up in the morning and pisses excellence like he does. He’s the most talented player in hockey and has fun doing what he does. I can’t wait to see the celebration when he finally gets 93 in a year.”
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“I think it is time for someone to start celebrating the assists.”