Alex Ovechkin Awaiting Hearing: Time for the NHL To Get It Wrong Again

March 15th, 2010 by Frank Castaldi Leave a reply »
I'm sick of all this "Alex Ovechkin is dirty" talk that has been running rampant lately. The guy plays every shift at 120 percent, and plays like the one against Brian Campbell on Sunday are bound to happen.

If you want to see what dirty is, go watch videos of Claude Lemieux.

If you want to see knee-on-knee hits, go watch Bryan Marchment or Darius Kasparaitis.

Horrible boarding penalties? Go look up Ryan Hollweg.

Jarko Ruuto is a dirty player. Jordan Tootoo is a dirty player. Matt Cooke and Steve Downie are dirty players. Alex Ovechkin is not.

Just like Sean Avery's name gets thrown into everyone's discussion of how he is such a dirty player, when, in reality, he's far from it.

People need to stop listening to everything they hear on commentary and making assumptions from the 30 seconds of video they see on highlights.

What happened on Sunday during the first period of the Capitals-Blackhawks game, was far from a dirty cheap shot, which is what many people are screaming.

Much like the decision on the headshot that most likely ended Marc Savard's season not too long ago, there's no doubt ...

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