Hockey can be a strange sport sometimes. Such as on Tuesday, when the Washington Capitals took on former coach Bruce Boudreau and the Anaheim Ducks. Seeing Boudreau bark orders to another team is odd enough; seeing Mathieu Perreault dart around in black and olive feels outright wrong.

Late in the third period, with the Capitals protecting a 3-2 lead, bedfellows got even stranger when Alex Ovechkin and Perreault collided near the Caps crease. Perreault took an extra whack at a loose puck, which Ovechkin did not seem to like very much.

The Russian machine cleared the crease the only way he knows how, shoving Perreault twice and knocking him over. With Matty belly up along the boards, Ovechkin loomed overΒ his former bro as if to say, “You know not to do dis.”

It seems all friendships are suspended once you step on the ice. You can be BFFs away from the rink, but during a one-goal game? Nope. Not even a little.

Both Ovechkin and Perreault scored in the game by the way.

Perreault scored on a beautifully placed shot to the top corner of the net.

And Ovechkin netted the game-winner, a one-timer powerplay marker from The Ovi Spot.

That was Ovi’s 46th goal of the year.

But still: Perreault on the Ducks. So weird.


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  • That last picture, his face has #PerryCelly written all over it.

  • Jonah

    It still hurts

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    He went down pretty easily…looks like Ovi actually put on the kid gloves for him.

    With that said #ComeHomePerry

  • sabrina

    best of outcomes: Caps win, but Matty P scores too

  • Lawrence

    Perry was like “But, but, but Ovi, you’re my hero!”

  • Gemmy

    I miss him so much πŸ™

  • Laura

    I miss Matty P and his #PerryCelly’s

  • Darla Doxstater

    Guys, those uniforms are black and *orange,* not black and olive. “Olive” is a muted green. And Matty P is still cute.

  • H70

    Awww. πŸ™ That’s what a captain does though, protect the team, protect the lead! πŸ™‚ RIP Matty P.

  • Jayleigh

    There are orange accents, yes, but the duck foot logo itself is.. yup.. olive (or light mossy brown-green, or some kind of crap simulation of gold, but definitely not orange). Guess that makes you both right. πŸ™‚

  • Darla [headdesk]… can I just have this one? I went to art school for four years and my career is literally in art. It’s olive. I will give you credit though that black and orange would have worked just as well and black and olive. But that’s definitely olive. Olive isn’t muted green only, it covers a spectrum between two colors – yellow and green.

  • Owen Johnson

    According to Wikipedia, it’s supposed to be “metallic gold.”

  • no

  • Brouwer Rangers

    Pro-tip: If your celery is that color (“Celery SW 6421”), do not eat it.

  • JH

    I actually loved that hit. Alpha-wolf dominance.

  • Kevin Parlett

    What a Crime-a… heh

  • Ryan Glynn

    is anyone going to talk about how bad the ice was? it seemed like both teams couldn’t keep their footing and not to mention the puck was bouncing like a basketball out there. Can we get a gif of all the slips and falls?

  • Emily Wright

    62 in the top picture thinks it’s a different color altogether. πŸ™‚

  • I think we’re done here.

  • Josh Willison

    sorry dude, I think she’s right. Its more yellow/ orange than green. But I’m glad we, as men and women, and hockey fans, and have a polite and intelligent discussion over apparel color and shades primary colors. I’d like to mention how orange and metallic gold do not go together, even if separated by a black sweater. And how disappointing is it that the Ducks do not have orange laces on their boots… that would be fabulous.

    too far?

  • Are we having a productive discussion if you don’t read what I said above? “Olive isn’t a muted green only, it covers a spectrum between two colors – yellow and green.” So from what I take from your comment, you actually agree with me.

  • LebCapsFan

    “Ovechkin shoves and knocks Perreault over to protect Halak”. There’s a sentence I didn’t think I’d ever utter six months ago…

  • Shaun Phillips

    What a #62…

  • Shaun Phillips

    Some of these color names are hilarious. “Relentless Olive” – Matty P in his jersey? “Independent Gold” – gold as judged by a neutral party. I think these require illustrations.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Had the 2nd dish with lunch today. Love the olives here (Morocco).

  • It’s like they can be both a green and yellow hue.

  • And Metallic Gold!

  • puckwx

    The science is settled.

  • Matt Mendelsohn

    I love RMNB for all the same reasons as everyone else. Who couldn’t love a hockey blog that debates the finer points of Pantone swatches? You guys are great!

  • stacyh13

    Can i get a Dirty Martini with those olives???

  • YES!

  • Once we’re done arguing about colors, sure

  • Patrick Neimeyer


  • Dan

    I was wondering during the game how they went from such a cool (cheesy?) logo and jersey to such muck. It’s just unappealing. What ever happened to these?!?!

  • EBDoug

    There’s also starting to be enough material for a nice mashup of all the big Ovi hits on recent ex-teammates. Semin, Erat, now Matty…sure there are others.

  • Andrew Walker

    Olive is their franchise color and the only other color besides white and black on their primary jerseys. So Ian is right. But those are their alternate jerseys, which also feature orange prominently (even more prominently than olive, some might argue), so, with some small modification, Darla is also right, especially when you take the socks into account. That’s a whole lot of orange. Also, I can’t believe I’m writing this. I should be doing something that contributes to society…

  • JenniferH

    It really does. I still remember my reaction. MattyP was my first trade as a hockey fan and it broke my heart.

  • Jonah

    i remember i had just bought a #perrycelly shirt for one of my friends’ birthday and she was a big fan of his. she probly used it to cry for the next month or something

  • bskillet

    Matty was cool and everyone liked him but as hockey goes he’s now the enemy, nice job Ovie. Would be nice to still have him….and oh, Bruce too.

  • Sarah

    Tough, but the trade situation could be so much worse: