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Ovy picking up where he left off.
He has 2 in the 1st period. 13 on the year now
And now we have to go without him for a bit. "Week-to-week" with an "upper body strain", which likely means at least 3 games sans #8.
Hitchcock (The Blue Jackets coach) came out and said they were going after Ovy. That's why McpHee (Caps GM) needs to go. Instead of having a tough guy or two (i.e. Brashears) he went with, "We'll make them pay of the PP". They go after Ovy, you go after Nash. Tit-for-tat. When a team goes after your superstar, you go after theirs.
I'm not sure if Hitchcock meant it in a "we want to hurt him way." Although, Hitchcock did coach some pretty rough teams in Dallas and Philly, so you never know what kind of physical mentality he would bring in. Personally, that statement just means that they were gonna get in Ovy's face, not give him any room to do his thing, and shut him down. And honestly, if the Blue Jackets went out there with the intention of injuring Ovechkin, they did a VERY good job hiding it, because there are much more effective(and obvious)ways to injure a player. But, a scrum and an innocent collision+awkward fall? Not exactly my definition of "going after" someone. And I think the reason Nash wasn't gone after was due to the lack of toughness on the Caps. With the loss of Brashear, the Caps don't really have anyone tough. Sure, if you need someone to step up, there are guys like Chris Clark, Shaone Morrisonn, or even Mike Knuble. But if you look at that line-up, there isn't anyone who really stands out as a "tough guy." Which is why the Rangers got The Don. With the acquisition of Gaborik, we really needed a player who's sole role on the team was to keep everyone on the ice in line. With no such player on the roster for Washington, what is there to stop a player from taking a run at a guy like Ovechkin? Sure, there is the 2 minute penalty. Maybe 5 mins + game misconduct if its bad enough, how many teams are willing to take that risk to eliminate the greatest offensive threat on the other team? Its a terrible truth, but with the competitiveness of the league nowadays, teams will try to get an advantage however they can.
A team is not gonna come out and say that they intentionally hurt a player, but they went after him all night long let you know that they were after him. I was at the game, Ovy laid Chimera out with a clean hit, Chimera got mad and that's when the extra pushing and grapping started with Chimera and Boll.
This was Bruce's response after the game" "I think the game plan was, every time Alex touches the puck, that somebody run or hit him," Boudreau said. "That's what it looked like to me."
Here is Hitchcocks response the next day," "Run, chase, hunt down, hit, whatever word you want to use that would be correct," Hitchcock said.
Bruce said he thought they Blue Jackets were targeting Ovy, here's Hitchcocks response, " "That would be correct," Hitchcock said. "That's the name of the game. Why, is that against the rules now?"
My problem with the whole tghing is, Nash should have been destroyed. Plain and simple. Ovy rocks Chimera in the first period. In the 2nd period, when the injury happened, after the whistle, Chimera skated by a clipped Ovy. Ovy pushes Chimera back and Boll graps Ovy. Boll should have been on his ass after that. Morrisson (Shoane, a D- Man) asked Chimera to dance, Chimers turned him down. well Chimera never should have had a chance to turn him down, he should have been down.
I remember a game against Atlanta 3 years ago. Atlants was beating the Caps 4-1. There about a minuet left, Andy Sutton of the Thrashers headhunts Mike Green. No reason, you're up 4-1. a little scrum breaks out. Glen Hanlon who was coaching the Caps at the time, taps Brashears on the shoulder. The Donald waits for the to drop and then pummels Vitaly of the Thrashers. Vitaly is a not a fighter, he's a skilled D-Man for the Thrashers. Brashears breaks his nose, just hammers him. If Donald would have fought their toughguy, it does nothing. But hammering Vitaly is payback. The Caps have never had a problem with the Thrashers since then. That's how toughguys patrol the game. You go after ours, we go after yours.
The Caps play the Blue Jackets in April and I should see Nash get hammered. You have got to let the league know that you don't mess with our guys. Good clean hockey, cool. Dirty and late stuff, not cool. Remember how Avery cheapshotted Varly and Ovy when we played you all last year in the playoffs? Well, Donald smoked Blair Betts. That's how you get back. Now this year I hope that erskine just kills Avery. I hate saying this about players, but it wouldn't bother me if Avery never played again.