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Lightning reaction to Ovechkin goal celebration, what’s yours?

Posted Mar 19, 2009 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Mar 19, 2009 at 11:37 PM

TAMPA - The Lightning were not happy about the soccer-style celebration Alex Ovechkin put on after he scored his 50th goal of the season during the first period on Thursday in a 5-2 Washington victory. If you didn’t see it, you can look at the video below (it’s at the very end), but essentially after he scored he put his stick on the ice and waved his hands and fingers over the stick acting as it it was too hot to handle. Ovechkin said after the game that it was a preplanned antic that teammates were supposed to be a part of, but they bailed on him when he started. Ovechkin even tried to wave them over to get them to join him.

After the game, there was plenty of negative reaction to the celebration from the Lightning locker room, particular some of the veteran players. Here’s what they had to say:

Right wing Marty St. Louis: “He’s a fun player to watch, but to do that to a team that’s . . . we’ve had better days, there is no reason to embarass us and embarass Mac [Mike McKenna] like that.’‘

Left wing Ryan Malone: “He is the game’s most dominant scorer, but to do that, especially on our ice, I took it as an insult, personally. It’s embarrassing, this isn’t football. I know it’s his 50th goal ...’‘

More from Malone: “I was in the [penalty] box at the time, but you remember something like that and make sure he pays the right way. He’s going to do what he’s going to do and it’s up to us to react the way we should.’‘

Center Jeff Halpern (Washington’s captain during Ovechkin’s rookie year): “I don’t mind the spontaneous celebrations, but that kind of stuff is … I don’t even know the word for it. It’s up to our team to do something about it.’‘

Lightning interim coach Rick Tocchet: I think he’s a top-notch player, but he went down a notch in my book after that. It’s hard for me to accept, to see that in our building. I grew up as a player in the days of the [Philadelphia] Spectrum and if that happened in the first period like that, it would have been a three-hour period.’‘

McKenna: “After I stopped him on that breakaway [in the third period], I could have done a spin move or something like that, but I didn’t.’‘

Take a look at the video and make your own judgement.

Reader Comments

Por (Ruthe) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I agree with Tochet. He went down a notch in my book too. Ovechkin is becoming an egomaniac. Great player, but his celebrations have gotten out of hand. This is not the NFL. Don’t embarrass a struggling team on their home ice.

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Por (Justin) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I don’t even like Ovechkin. I think they need to ditch looking into changing fightning in the NHL and make a rule regarding celebrations. A fist pump or the little machine gun move players do with their stick is fine or jumping into the glass and celebrating with your team mates. But this, this is a disgrace to the game. The NFL has done something about their excessive TD celebrations by giving a 15 yard penalty. The NHL should allow the goal but issue a 2 minute minor penalty to the player for game misconduct.

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Por (mrey) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Perhaps it was a disgrace however, I didn’t see anyone from the Lightning do anything about it… to me that’s a bigger disgrace.

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Por (sam) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

i betcha the lightning wish they had roberts there tonight.

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Por (gmoney) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Everyone just needs to get over taking celebrations so personal. Bottom line…You dont want someone celebrating on home ice dont let them put the puck in your net. Sure you can make the aruguement the Lightning arent that good but they should be embarassed by their play not by the celebration antics of an opposing player. I just dont get it !!!

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Por (Jerry) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

It’s poor sportsmanship. The larger problem is that people today don’t seem to realize that, which speaks volumes about where the level of societal interaction has sunk to. Sports is just reflecting the larger picture. I thought hockey was immune for some reason. Should have known better. “Old school,” Ovechkin says. He’s right, unfortunately.

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Por (gmoney) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

So its a societal issue? Sportsmanship is found in a Childs game where everyone gets a turn to shoot the puck, run the football, hit in a baseball game. This is a grown man getting paid $ 9 million dollars a year to play a kids game. The poor sportmanship comes into play when players/coaches start whining about his celebration. Sidney Crosby didnt give two craps less what Ovechkin did on the ice until he got hurt a couple times and the talk around the league turned to Ovechkin maybe being the best player and not Savior Sid. Suddenly the golden boy takes issue with Ovechkin celebrations,etc.. So what if it was pre-planned, you dont like seeing players celebrate find a way to keep the puck out of your own net!

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Por (Jerry) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

See?

People don’t even know what the word means anymore.

Thanks, gmoney.

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Por (richard) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

watch the game and shut up! if you do not like it then turn the channel. you people need to watch days of our lives.
stop him from scoring and you won’t see his celebration and if he does then step up and do something! malone can run his mouth all he wants…what did he do? NOTHING!!! he is a punk.tampa is a team full of punks! malone was afraid to go after ov because ov will drop the gloves!
you are a bunch cry baby fans, he did not show up your team! he could have gone to tampons bench and did it there right in front of that punk tocchet!
can’t wait for the rematch you sissys better call up a fighter because you can’t handle ov let alone brashear! bring it you bleeding tampons!

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Por (Jerry) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

This is great! Everybody’s making my argument for me.

Thanks, Richard. Take a little something for yourself out of petty cash. You’ve earned it.

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Por (Jay) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

It’s funny that it took a 50 goal scorer’s celebration to embarass the Lightning.  They should have been embarassed the entire year about their pathetic play, their record, their effort, their passion, their energy to name a few.  So if the Caps won 9-2 sans the celebration would they blame the whole team for running up the score.  This team should get over it.  And as Tocchet said, if you don’t like it, do something about it.  Stop whinning after the fact and play.  A bunch of babies!

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Por (Katya) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Just like I wrote in Steven Stamkos diary the other day…this guy would not even say hello when spoken to in his native language.  he has no respect for anybody, his ego is too big for the NHL rink.

I am glad Lightning did not do anything about it…you just do not go down to the level of sportsmanship OV was displaying…no class!

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Por (capsfan) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

no one would have had a problem with the celebration if ovechkin was a bolt

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Por (matt) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

The way I see it: If the Bolts and Tock didnt like it, maybe they should have done something about it. Maybe send Arty on a one man wrecking crew directed right at Ovechkin and tell him to crush him regardless if you get a penalty or not. Isnt this dirtbag the one who put one of our D-men out for the year and didnt have to serve a suspension or pay a fine? Why not crush him for that alone? The next 2 games we play them I hope to see someone bury him. Also this is the same team that put Vinny out at the end of the year last seaosn. If their coach doesnt like it, screw him.

I was embarrased last night bc no Bolt did anything.

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Por (Jay) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Stop whinning already. The guy knows how to win.  Wish I could say that for a lot of the Lightning players.  I would take his “classless” act over anyone on the roster.  So Katya, if all you want is a “Hello”  then try calling everyone on your phone book and 9 out of 10 will answer you “hello”.  Are you one of those groupies who hang around players hoping that you can hook up with one of them and live happily ever after?

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Por (Katya) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I hope they are out of playoffs first round.

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Por (Sniff One) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

The ONLY reason you clowns are mad is because YOUR team lost. If St. Louis was on the verge of hitting 50 goals three straight years, and he participated in a celebration, not one of you would complain. It’s ALWAYS the other side complaining when a player on the other team celebrates. So, I don’t wanna hear people saying, “He went down a notch in my book”. Ovie’s celebration had NOTHING to do with your lame team, so stop taking it so personal!!

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Por (Justin) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I love people like richard who are fans of the Washington Ovechkins. Did you know there was a National Hockey League before “Ovie” was all over Sports Center? I bet next time the craps play the bolts, Arty is going to put Ovie in a body bag, and probably be suspended until midway through next season. I assume you’re a huge Avery fan too.

And Katya, the craps will get swept in the first round when whoever they play swarms 8 whenever he even looks like he can be involved in a play.

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Por (Dustin) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Doesn’t bother me cause I know the Caps wont go anywhere because they fail to realize goaltending is important and that Theodore is garbage.

I’m thinking when we play the Caps at home again which is April 9th the last home game of the year, every time Ovechkin touches the puck we need to boo.

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Por (gmoney) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Jerry: Since we collectively or I dont know what sportsmanship is I thought I would look up the definition for eveyone.
What Is Sportsmanship?
Sportsmanship is defined as:

playing fair
following the rules of the game
respecting the judgment of referees and officials
treating opponents with respect

So please explain what Ovechkin did? Not treating opponets with respect? As defined by who? You? Last I checked I saw your name was Jerry, Not GOD !!

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Por (Justin) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Sniff One, DC

DC is on of the filthiest places in the U.S. and it shows. Please return to your newspaper. The Capitals sucked until they had Ovechkin anyhow.

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Por (richard) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

hey justin you must be one of those sissy crosby fans always crying.go see sid the punk and let him tea bag ya! you don’t like ov because he is not a pu$$ie like you!and my rants have nothing to do with being an ov fan. i am a fan of hockey.you should try looking at the sport, not individuals.

jerry, i bet you are the one who was the first one to cry when you did not recieve a trophy for participation pull the string out put in a new one and get back in the kitchen where you belong.you make the male race look like we are all little crosby’s you my little #####! and thake katya with you for some spooning!

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Por (Jerry) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

You seem angry, Richard. Can I call you Dick? Thanks. You seem angry, Dick. Wanna talk about it? My guess is you work a lot of your anger out vicariously through your hockey heroes. Since you’re impotent with regard to your own life’s problems, you feel stronger somehow when somebody like Brashear punches somebody else. Makes you feel like you have some kind of control over your life. But you don’t, Dick. You’re just fooling yourself. (I’ll wait right here while you Google “vicariously.”)

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Por (Erik Erlendsson) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Folks, could we please refrain from personal attacks. This forum is here to allow you to express an opinion, not to give you an area in which to insult others who want to share their opinions. If you continue to name call, your comments will be removed.
Thank you!

- Erik

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Por (Jerry) on March 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Hey, gmoney, thanks for taking the time to look up sportsmanship. I see real potential in you. As for whose definition of respect to use in this case, no, you don’t need to use mine. I’ll leave it up to the guys who the actions were aimed at. Let’s let them judge. Sound fair? Cool. They seem to think it was a sign of disrespect, as it happens. That I agree is beside the point.

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