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In Narrative Land, the biggest story in the hockey world today was Adam Oates calling out Alex Ovechkin for quitting on the play that resulted in a third period goal for the Dallas Stars. But c’mon, it was already 3-0 at that point. How much would one more goal hurt? Other than, ya know, emotionally.

The hockey media went all out covering the living ish out of this quote. How would Ovechkin react to being literally thrown under a literal bus by his head coach? By driving his six-figure price-tag car to Georgetown and shopping at the Nike Store with his two Russian bros.

So I guess Ovi’s not exactly devastated by his coach’s heel turn.

Thanks to RMNB’s Igor Kleyner, here’s what Ovechkin, Orlov, and Kuznetsov are actually saying.

Alex Ovechkin: Kuzya, you really did some serious shopping, eh?!
Dmitry Orlov: It’s as if you came here from ChTZ (Chelyabinsk Traktor Company)!
Dmitry Orlov: Hey, look! He is turning red!
Evgeny Kuznetsov: Well, what can I say? A misfortune came upon me!

Unlike Los Angeles, where Dmitry Orlov had to carry the bags because he lost rock, paper, scissors, this time Kuznetsov got the short end of the stick in Georgetown today. Even the usually reserved Orlov ragged on Kuzya, insinuating that the Chelyabinsk-native looked like a hillbilly coming to shop in one of the classiest parts of Washington D.C.

What have we learned today? Don’t believe the narrative.

Also: these dudes really seem like a blast to hang out with.

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  • Myan

    Retail therapy, the best kept not-so-secret.

  • Luis Riveros

    Teddy Boy should open the check book on Gretzky as GM since to have success around here you need a Canadian Superstar as GM, Peter Laviolette as coach, Scot Stevens as D coach, and Adam Oates as Selene’s (Kate Beckinsale) biggest enemy in the next underworld movie. And Ovi can keep being Ovi with just a little bit more hustle.

  • Laura F.

    Kuzya’s sweatshirt is hideous. Joe B should take him shopping for a new wardrobe!

  • VeggieTart

    So…to get over his annoyance at his coach throwing him under the bus, he goes and partakes in shop therapy. I totally relate.

  • drew6

    These bros seem super concerned about the big loss last night….whoever said this team has a diva mentality is just hating on Russians..

  • Lawrence

    The comments made by Oates about ovi has been a little blown out of proportion imo, but man is that guy an idiot. I find myself hating Oates more and more every time i listen to him. Just take some blame for heavens sake, don’t try to save your job by blaming the players. Its clear he has lost the team.

  • Capper63

    Did you see the play?!?!?!?!
    The problem is it is not the first time we have seen that kind of defensive “effort” from Ovie. Why shold Oates take the blame for that? You think that is his scheme – just lolly gag back to the defensive zone, let your guy beat you for a sweet one on one vs your goalie, and hope to get the rebound if he makes the save?
    Glad these guys are having somuch fun re-living their early teen years, while real men are fighting for their teams chances in the post season.

  • Capper63

    All the fans who make under 50k a year and spent their hard earned money for the pleasure of watching their “effort” last night should be thrilled that they helped finance this little shopping spree…

  • Lance Perrier

    Oates was totally right. Whether he should be saying it in the media is a whole other matter though. But come on, Ovie is a great sniper but that is all he’s got these days, and even that is mainly a PP thing. He needs to play harder. There are countless highlights of Ovie floating when the opposition has possession of the puck. I get he’s a goal scorer, but obviously this team needs more than that out of him right now. But he’s far from the only underachiever on the squad. There needs to be a serious roster rethink once the are eliminated from the wildcard race this weekend. Brutal!

  • Yo8

    They aren’t forced to go and the players salary doesn’t depend on the tickets sale and even if it were you have to keep in mind that teams can’t play excellent or good all the time.

    The team has been terrible and the possibility of making the playoffs is practically over so why go? I would rather save that money for the next season.

  • Maria Ovechkina

    So true Capper!!! Im so sick of ovie

  • Capper63

    Who said they were forced to go?
    So as long as fans are not forced to go, the players owe them no effort? They owe their GM and coach no effort, and should just go out shopping like happy, carefree teenage girls the day after basically getting them fired????
    Oates flew to Russia several times for them, GMGM put his job on the line by drafting them and staying patient with them, and this is what they give back? Talk about getting thrown under the bus. Oates and GMGM may deserve to be fired regardless, but they also deserved more loyalty and effort from these guys.
    I hope Karma comes full circle and their lack of effort or concern for their team, fans, bosses comes back to haunt them when the new GMGM comes in and breaks up their little romper room trio and gets some men in here who take winning their #1 effort.
    I would trade all 3 of them for a Toews or Backes. I woould trade Ovie straight up for Getzlaf, and the caps would be much improved.

  • Capper63

    Full disclosure: I am a big Fan of Alex Ovechkin. I sometimes marvel at his talent and play at a level like few in sports have been able to do.
    However, the book is in. I think it is too the point where you have to accept that he is what he is. He will score a lot of goals, some really amazing goals, win you some games by himself, but cannot carry the team to a cup, and sends the wrong message to the rest of the team concerning effort.
    No coach has been able to get him to put the effort in consistently on defense, and if Dale Hunter, BB or Oates couldn’t do it I don’t see someone coming in now and fixing him. Alex would have rather sat on the bench during playoff games than play the way Hunter wanted him to.
    Maybe Federov as coach?

  • Alex Stuart

    Love your translation. So 19th century. So Pushkin. A misfortune came upon me! Ha ha!

  • Owen Johnson

    Yeah, how dare they enjoy their free time when they’re not on the ice.

  • Shaun Phillips

    If Oates thinks calling out Ovi in the press is going to help, he’s in for a rude surprise. To be honest, I understand why Ovi quit on that play. Already down 4-0, team is showing no sign of life, coach has seemingly given up with his crazy lines, why should he try? #FireOates #FireGMGM

  • Shaun Phillips

    I think Gretzky as GM would be horrible. He’s never shown any aptitude for front-office. I’d go after one of the assistant GMs in Boston or Pittsburgh.

  • Guest

    Tomorrow, Ovi will go back to floating around producing no offensive opportunities. Oates was right calling him out, he doesn’t back check ever and he doesn’t even hit anymore. Even if Beagle is on his line, he should still be getting some points. Crosby has played with Kunitz and Megna and is still producing. His effort in the offensive zone is as pathetic as his effort in the defensive zone.

  • Guest

    I also thought he would start giving it 100% now that there’s some Russians one the team but he’s just getting worse.

  • Ash

    “I would trade all 3 of them for a Toews or Backes. I woould trade Ovie
    straight up for Getzlaf, and the caps would be much improved.”

    Heh. Thanks, I needed something ridiculous to laugh at this early in the morning.

  • Guest

    I’d trade Ovi for Toews straight up in a heart beat. Toews tries in all 3 zones. Ovi doesn’t even give 100% in the offensive zone anymore. Chicago wouldn’t even accept the trade.

  • Hockey mom

    I’ve a few years or Oprah and Dr. Phil under my belt and to me most of this teams problems seem to stem from being in a bad mental space.

    Honestly, I think Alex O. Is exhibiting classic self sabotage. He needs to do some serious mental work to overcome what is making him turn on himself to prevent himself from reaching his full potential…his time is running out.

  • Clifton B

    Well, at least someone is enjoying themselves on the Capitals.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    Think maybe it’s time they look OUTside of the organization for a coach. The Hunter Experiment and this Oates team are not at all what we had hoped for. Time to expand the search zone.

  • Lawrence

    The expectations of some of you are unreal. Yes I did see the play. There were like 5 mistakes from everyone that led to the goal. But sure lets just single out ovechkin and blame him. Could ovi have skated harder and covered Whitney? Sure, but that was also Beagle’s man. They were down 3 – 0 at the time and they needed offense (explains why he would want to float in the neutral, once he saw Whitney pass him and that no one would cover him he took off, but too late).

    I think the coach shouldn’t be blaming his best player with 5 games left in the season. If you wanted to pull the tough guy act, you should of done it b?before 95 percent of the season is over. How about this thought? Where do you think the caps would be without ovechkin right now? They would be a bottom 5 team.

  • Lawrence

    “but obviously this team needs more than that out of him right now.”

    Don’t you think that is a little sad? The guy has 48 goals. He is 4th in the league in even strength goals and led for most of the year. What team would ask more than that out of a player? This team is garbage. How in the world can you guys be calling out a player that is keeping our team from being the number one overall. You want to blame someone for the lack of ES numbers? Well look no further than your head coach. You think backstrom is a good player right? Go have some fun and check out his ES numbers.

    Some of the stuff im reading on here? Absolute joke. Delusional. How some of you think ovechkin is the issue is beyond me, I would almost love to see him traded so the caps can go back to the bottom dwellers of the league while you watch ovi continue to tear it up and win in a good organization,

  • marcusdlg

    This might be one of the realest replies that I have seen yet.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Rather than Crosby = Ovi, the more accurate comparison would be Ovi = Kunitz and Beagle = Crosby. See how ridiculous that sounds? Beagle doesn’t possess the puck, he just dumps it in. Ovi needs puck possession to generate scoring opportunities.

  • Brittany

    I agree. I’ve been saying for a while now that Oates has completely lost the locker room.

  • Shaun Phillips

    I’d been wondering about it for a few weeks now, but the past few games and post game reactions have sealed it. Between Brouwer’s quote ripping management/coaching and Oates ripping Ovi, pretty clear it’s open warfare between the players and coaches.

  • Cletus Hammersmith

    Of course you would trade Ovi for Toews straight up. Everyone in their right mind would. But you would be hard pressed to find anyone that would trade Toews straight up for Ovie. Everyone in Chicago that would be involved in that decision would have to suffer some pretty severe head trauma to pull the trigger on that one.

  • OSnapSonnn .

    The only reason the Caps would suffer without Ovechkin is because he is Oates’ go-to when it comes to the power play, other than that he is nonexistent. I can tell you’re a huge Ovechkin fan, and that’s fine, but even you should be able to recognize and admit that he’s a one-dimensional player. He floats around the offensive zone in the same spot, every game, patiently waiting for his team to shake the pressure off of him, and feed him a tape to tape pass for a one-timer layup. With guys like Backstrom feeding him the puck for the majority of the season, it’s no wonder he’s #1 in goals right now, but you can never focus on just one stat. There’s a reason why players like Crosby, Malkin, Toews, Kane, Stamkos, St. Louis, and Giroux aren’t leading, and it’s because they are all TEAM PLAYERS. Ovechkin shows up for the power play, and I appreciate how consistent he has been, but that is absolutely it.

  • Evgeni James Goldlust

    Ovechkin Controller Disconnected

    [IMG]http://i57.tinypic.com/303ia2c.gif[/IMG]

  • Myan

    Oh it’s abundantly clear that the players have given up on Oates. Did you read what Grabo’s agent said yesterday regarding his client resigning with us? “Grabo wants to win a Stanley Cup” …Is Washington a place where he thinks that can happen? “We’ll see.”

    The “we’ll see” part leads me to believe that Grabo is waiting to see if Oates gets the ax at the end of the season. If Oates is still around next season and Grabo re-signs, it would blow my mind.

  • Diller M

    I dont really have a problem with Oates calling Ovi out, as long as it’s not just Ovi. That play was full of poor play by lots of poor players.

  • Lawrence

    ROFL i’m sorry man but this is all a load of media filled bull crap, how about you watch some games and form your own opinions rather than logging onto tsn.ca forums and getting your info from there.

    Yes, ovechkin is not as good as he once was (which was the best player in the league), but that is not because he played better defense, (although he was 2nd in the league in +/-, no that does not mean he was the best defensive forward back then, just like he isn’t the worst now) it was because he was a threat in all situations. He has slowed down individually, teams have watched countless hours of footage on him, and he plays for a terrible team that has some of the worst puck control in the league. But you know what? All of that considered, he still leads the god damn league in goals by almost 10. So sure, he may be one dimensional, but his one dimension is the best in the world. Defensive forwards are highly overrated and always have been. There is a reason that the best players are considered the best offensively.

    The players that you named? Laughable. They are surrounded by 10x the talent that ovechkin is. Don’t believe me? Let me point it out for you.

    Malkin, Crosby? Pens win without them in the lineup, top 3 team in the league.

    Kane, Toews (oh what do you know, good players on the same team…again), Norris trophy defenseman and obviously more defensive – offensive depth than we have ever had. Brouwer was a scrub on their team btw, they lost byfuglien, versteeg, and still won the cup 2 years later.

    Stamkos, st. louis (hmm, same team again? or perhaps you are referring to the third line st. louis that has 4 points in 15 games with the NYR, real leader of men there), how about TBL securing a playoff spot without stamkos in the lineup? Wonder how the caps would do this year without ovechkin in the lineup hahaha.

    The players you used are on the best teams in the league and all have a supporting cast that ovechkin and the caps could only dream of. You see, its much easier to form a game plan around “one” player on the caps, than multiple players on the teams you named. “Let’s put our best line against crosby?” Say hello to malkin playing against your second line all night. Tell me this, why do other teams still put their Shea Webers, Charas, etc. against ovechkin’s line, even though he has fudging 4th-line-all-star-Beagle as his center? And “cant-shoot-the-puck-JoJo”? Instead of Backy’s line? It’s because he is the only threat on this team now. Thanks GMGM.

    You are just listening to what haters have always said about ovechkin, who knows maybe you are one of them. Even when he was far and away the best player the league has seen, he still was constantly bashed by media. If the name on his jersey was Toews, he would be seen as the best player in the history of the game. But you can sit behind your keyboard and bash him all you want, angry, jealous inside every time he snaps a wicked shot to the top shelf (“but, but, but, he didn’t chase down 5 guys in the defensive zone and stop a goal!” “Worthless!”), while fans like myself will continue to enjoy it with a kiss to the heavens.

    Rest my case, peace.

  • Goat

    This is the kind of stuff that can be a lot of fun to see and laugh about when the team is doing well. I’ll just leave it at that.

  • Jon A

    There are a lot of poor players playing poorly on the Caps right now, true. But there are also lots of good players playing poorly too. I agree fully with you.

    Plus, why should the Caps forwards bust their butts back checking when they know Mike Green (and others) is not rushing back to take care of things. Isn’t that the point of back checking? So, the D-men can get back, clear out the slot, neutralize opposing forwards around the net, and make sure the goalie’s not screened.

  • Jon A

    I think it’s kind of the Pavel Bure problem. He never won a Cup with any team, if my memory serves me right. He was always blamed for Vancouver’s playoff problems and shortcomings too. Although I agree that Ovie is self sabotaging a bit, he is a one dimensional player that scores goals, people criticized Bure for a similar thing, being a speedy goal scorer. That being said, I don’t think Ovie should’ve ever been made Captain. I think that contributes to his mentality problem.

  • Sam

    Russian Machine Never Quits….sometimes?

  • Hockey mom

    I think what makes this worse than it is, is that Ovi put this out there for the world to see, not a bystander. If they had kept this on the DL, it would read very differently. To seemingly be so blatantly unaffected by what just happened the night before is what feels like a total slap in the face to the fans, the organization and fellow teammates.

    I’m telling you he has issues that need to be addressed so he can become a better hockey player and eventually a husband and father, too.

  • Capper63

    You laugh while they lead their teams to win Stanley Cup’s.

  • Shaun Phillips

    I missed that one. Yikes. Losing Grabo would be a huge blow to this team.

  • Hockey mom

    For me the fact that HE (Ovi) is the one that put all this out on his Instagram acct tells me that he needs help. He HAD to know that after a pretty crushing loss that this would look bad. Why give your critics coal for their fires? What does he gain from this, other than looking like he doesn’t give a crap about what happened the night before? It looks bad and immature and just gives all the doubters more reason to doubt his commitment to his game and his team.

  • Capper63

    At what point do we stop saying it is all of the coaches and GM’s fault? How far into his career do we need to get?

  • Capper63

    How some of you think that all a guy needs to do is score points to win hockey games is what is delusional. I litterally thought you were going for sarcasm when you asked “what more can a team ask than scoring goals?”
    You need to keep the other guys from scoring as well (that’s kind of important), and you need to inspire your teammates to give their best, and you can’t do that by only giving effort when you think you can score.

  • Lawrence

    There is a reason hockey is a TEAM game. Expecting one guy to make up for a lousy system, no good roster, and carry the team offensively just isn’t ideal. What player in the NHL is expected to do that? No one, so get off your high horse and stop expecting ovi to. Refer to my post below if you want to know what I really think of your post. Responding to – osnappson

  • Myan

    This worries me because in January his camp said “he’ll most likely stay here” and “we hope he stays.” Here’s the story:

    http://www.csnwashington.com/hockey-washington-capitals/talk/agent-grabo-wants-win-stanley-cup

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    At what point did we EVER say something is ALL the coaches’ or GM’s fault?

  • Capper63

    Ignorance is bliss for you, apperently.
    Ever stop watching the puck and just watch Ovie? Try it some time.
    Give me a break about the system and roster excuses. The Capitals are not the only team to run this system, and the roster has been good enough to get us into the playoffs every year, and we would have done it this year with a little effort beyond just standing in the high slot and taking one-times on power plays by Ovie. But hey, let’s throw everyone else under the bus and excuse the guy for not trying or giving up.

  • Lawrence

    “Ignorance is bliss for you, apparently*”?

    Haha, oh how ironic. Have a good day sir.

  • Shaun Phillips

    When we get a coach and GM who can surround Ovi with the talent he needs to succeed and deploy a competitive team. As other people have said on this post, Ovi is the only reason this team is even sniffing a playoff spot.

  • Hockey mom

    This is exactly what I am talking about…Perfect quote for this team:

    “Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe
    about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We
    cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.”


    Iyanla Vanzant

  • Capper63

    It is really not much of a case. Just a lot of “shaming language”, emotionalism, and projections.

    We don’t have to “wonder what the caps would do without Ovie in the lineup this year” btw. We Blew out Philthy in the infamous Holtby-Emery Brawl game. With Ovie, we lost to them every time.

    Can you bring forward one person ever associated and highly regrded with hockey who can support your “you cannot ask more than scoring goals from a player!” stance?

    All those media guys you trash and consider yourself smarter than, they all player, coached and Gm’d, so they might know a little bit about the game beyond “Wow, what a slap shot!!!!”

    I’ll wait…..

  • nasty nolz

    i wish i could get that type of parking on M st

  • Lawrence

    You know whats not much of a case? The fact that you have 10 posts on RMNB lifetime, and 9 of them are on this post lmao and your other post is you saying ovechkin is fat. Funny, Osnappson has 4 posts and MariaOvechkina has 3 posts…are you seriously making new accounts to upvote yourself and agree with you? LOL I’m done responding to you now, you have nothing insightful to say and only speak in generalities. You are either the troll under the bridge or a clueless, classless fan. Peace.

  • capsyoungguns

    Would you be happier if he stayed in his house depressed? Players have lives. Compartmentalization is fine my me. Personal and professional shouldn’t overlap.

  • capsyoungguns

    A couple of seasons ago Getzlaf was struggling hard and Anaheim fans were piling on him. Even Toews was under the spotlight last playoffs–in which they won–for not scoring enough. Fans are never satisfied.

  • Capper63

    I find your sites coverage to be pretty fair, and very entertaining.
    I was responding to the comments only, which are full of exclusive blaming of Oates and GMGM and excusing complete lack of effort from certain players.
    Pick any article and you will find them in the comments.
    At some point it might not be the coaches and Gm/Gm’s when the same things keep happening, right? When do we get to that point?

  • Capper63

    Yes, I was pretty sure you could not articulate a proper hockey based response. At least no profanity and God’s name in vain this time. Thanks.

  • Owen Johnson

    Yeah if they were giggling on the bench while getting molly-whipped by Dallas I would be upset. This is fine though.
    And while I do think Ovi isn’t all that great right now, I think a large part of it is lack of a real coach

  • Yo8

    “and should just go out shopping like happy, carefree teenage girls the day after basically getting them fired????”

    What?

    “Oates flew to Russia several times for them.” and I don’t even know why he went there for when he has mess up the lines and doesn’t know what to do. “GMGM put his job on the line by drafting them and staying patient with them, and this is what they give back?” No, he only secured his job by doing that and if you were Caps fan you should know we don’t like this bastard for doing so many stupid moves. “Talk about getting thrown under the bus.” Isn’t that what Oates did to Ovi?

    “I hope Karma comes full circle and…” What kind of Karma are we talking about? “comes in and breaks up their little romper room trio and gets some men in here who make winning their #1 effort.” Yes, let’s get rid of the lazy Russians including the point leader in our team. Sure.

    “I would trade all 3 of them for…” And why no trade other caps? Last time I checked these three don’t play in the same line all the time so what about the rest? “Get some men…” by that I think you mean another loud mouth like Brooks who can’t even stay injury free for a month and Brouwer who has two point less and more games played than Sasha. I don’t hear anything about them.

    “…the caps would be much improved.” No, they wont.

  • Roman Z.

    Just ignore the troll or down vote him, either works.

  • Roman Z.

    How original!

  • Matthew Helm

    One question for everyone. If you were Ovi after that loss what would you be doing with your day?

    I do not take my work home with me. Sure he could have stayed home, huddled in the corner of a dark room and wept but what would that have solved?

    Edit: I’m not trying to defend Ovi’s play, just his right to go shopping and have fun off the rink

  • bskillet

    So what is the estimated time of departure for Oates?

  • Myan

    So much yes. Say what you want about Ovi but he’s shown that he’s a team player under the right coach. He wasn’t given his usual ice time under Hunter and I’m sure it bothered him but he bought into the system because we were winning games. He was blocking 2-3 shots on multiple shifts during the playoffs! We may not have liked our star player doing Erskine work but his commitment showed that he bought in. It’s clear that he has stopped buying the crap Oates is selling and I can’t blame him.

  • Casey

    Preach.

  • Evgeni James Goldlust

    I grew up in Moscow and I’m a huge OVI fan, yet I find it hilarious.

  • Joe

    St. Louis only has 4 points as a Ranger, but he’s still a +1. He may not be racking up the points, but he’s not a liability either.

  • Capper63

    Yes, I didn’t think you could provide one hockey person who agrees with your position about not possibly asking for more than scoring goals from any player.
    Your responses are nothing but personal attacks, emotional screeching and projections. Everyone who disagrees with you is delusional, clueless etc. You provide nothing to back your position up, and rail against all of the hockey people who would dare disagree with your position. Everyone is incompetent but Ovie, Oates and GM are idiots, the other players all inept, all the hockey insiders biased. Ovie has never won anything, thanks to them, and not becaue he needs to change the way he doles out his “efforts”. You resort to profanity when you cannot articulate a proper response, and you are obessed with upvotes (and have the same couple of accounts fawn over your every post), and you dare call someone else a troll? LOL.
    But you are right, talking about it with you and your couple of fanboys is pretty pointless.

    PS The fact that we trounced the Flyers without Ovie, and lost to them with him this season is not a generality. It is one of those pasky facts that you apperently do not like because it goes against your narrative that without Ovie standing on the dot hitting one-timers on power plays and calling it a day beyond that (A Team can’t ask for more than scoring goals!” Well, yes, actually they can, and they usually do), we would be 0-82.

  • Ash

    I do. I do laugh very much at ridiculous comments. I laugh that shit all the way to the bank :)

  • Ash

    Yep. I mean, I get it, I’m as depressed at anyone as how this season is looking to end. But the past three days have been absolutely nuclear in the vitriol and all-out fan and media frustration. Some of it’s definitely warranted but some of it is so over the top to be ridiculous. And yeah, every star player is going to get dogpiled on at some point– again, some for warranted reasons, and some for not.

  • Ash

    I miss Disqus showing the downvotes, in a way. When I tell some doofus that I think their comment is ridiculous, I want them to KNOW it. (nostalgic sigh)

  • Ash

    “Ever stop watching the puck and just watch Ovie? Try it some time.”

    Minus five points for not including “NERRRDDS” with your “Watch the game” strawman argument.

  • Capper63

    Seriously, if your company just had their year completely ruined, and your bosses were probably going to be fired because of you and your co-workers job performance, would you go on a happy little shopping spree and film it and upload it to the internet?
    How about working on your game some? Taking Orlov out to practice his slapshot so he can hit some of those shots after he makes those sweet moves into the offensive zone. go over some game film with the new kid?
    OR just go shopping on the downlow out of respect for the dark cloud that is sweeping in.
    I know, that is just stupid troll stuff, not something a leader would do…. I am sure Orr and Gretzky reacted the same way back in the day…. “We lost, and won’t make the playoffs, and we played like crap. No biggie! Let’s go Film ourselves having fun shopping, without a care in the world….”

  • Roman Z.

    Ah I’m pretty sure he knows he’s the odd man out

  • Ash

    Heh. Sure ‘nough.

  • Hockey mom

    And to go back to the mental shift that REALLY needs to take place, Adam Oates already had his glory days in the NHL, it’s the current players that will never get there if they don’t get it together!

    He may not pan out as a coach, but as a player, he’s in the Hockey Hall of Fame. If these guys don’t put in the work they will never get there and they will never get a second chance to do it all again.

    Everyone needs to get their heads out of their butts and at the very least, play for their own pride! If you can sleep soundly knowing that playoffs are slipping away and you played a crap game, then maybe it’s not your thing. If you truly love this game and are getting paid millions of dollars to do it, then show it. VERY few players make it to this level, so to see guys slumping around is just infuriating!

  • Patrick Neimeyer

    RMNB: Take a note from Alex Ovechkin and have your interns or new employees carry all of your Starbucks Cafe Lattes around while you kick it back with the Brouwer Rangers…Just an idea…

  • Barrett

    Thanks for pointing that out. I cannot stand all the Ovechkin to Crosby comparisons. Two different positions with two completely different styles of play.

  • OSnapSonnn .

    I’m surprised you’re not a Lotrimin salesperson with the way you ride his jock, holy crap. Let me remind you that some of us watched the Capitals long before Ovechkin joined the team, and some of us aren’t too thrilled to watch a new generation of fans praise a player that has one positive attribute: his shot. You can’t even argue that, which is why you’re avoiding the subject while trying to take cheapshots at me. You want to talk about teams having multiple superstars, then pretend the Caps don’t have any? Hilarious. I’m sorry, who fed Ovechkin the majority of his goals? Have you honestly forgotten?

    In the real world, Backstrom is the team’s hero, our superstar, and yet he is often overlooked, and that’s pathetic. He’ll dangle multiple players, feeding beautiful pass after pass, and yet because Ovechkin can shoot, he takes all of the credit. That’s fine man, especially when fans such as yourself will stroke it to every set up goal, but just know you are what’s wrong with our fan base.

    Tell you what, since you want to be Billy Badass (or just Ovechkin’s jealous lover), answer me this: If he is such a phenomenal talent, why can’t he score 1 on 3? I agree, that’s tough, let’s try again…. If he has such incredible skill, as you’ve described, why can’t he score 1 on 2? Tell you what, even that isn’t a fair one, allow me to fix it…. If he’s “one of the greatest hockey players in the world”, why can’t he score 1 on 1? And finally, if he is such a threat, even by himself (since the Caps have no other talent), why is he so horrible in the shootout, 1 on 0? It’s because he’s lazy, and beyond his shot, he has absolutely nothing. He can’t stickhandle, he can’t skate, and worst of all, he refuses to do anything but drift in the same spot until the whistle is blown. That, or the puck comes out of the zone, during which time he generally goes for a line change, because after all, who wants to back check?

    If you want to ride his jock, that’s fine, but skip the keyboard warrior act, no one is impressed. I’m sure you’re nice and angry by now, so please, continue proving your complete lack of any basic hockey knowledge, I look forward to tearing your next pathetic argument apart.

    I swear, the DC Jagr fans were less annoying than the Ovechkin bandwagon.

  • Myan

    You can! It just costs $25.

  • Barrett

    The only constant since Ovechkin has arrived in DC has been George McPhee and he’s been screwing things up since 1998.

  • Shaun Phillips

    No worries. Yup. A wing isn’t expected to drive/carry play as much as a center is; dig the puck out of the corners, yes, but carry it through the neutral zone and pass, no. Ovi’s job on offense is to shoot, shoot, shoot. The corollary to this is he needs someone to get him the puck to shoot x 3. Beagle is not that guy. Glad to see Nicky is back with him Ovi tonight. Also, if he misses, someone needs to go retrieve the puck or naturally it’s a turnover. He can’t always get his own rebounds.

  • Capper63

    You must amuse yourself then, very much….

  • Capper63

    … and Ovechkin himself…. 2 constants. Technically Leonis as well, so 3.

  • Capper63

    Tears will be staining the pillow for sure. I am sure you have crushed many a foe with your emotional downvotes, unlikes, and twitter unfollows!

  • Barrett

    Technically, Brooks Laich also, so 4….he’s the current longest tenured Washington Capital and should be wearing the “C” on his sweater.

    i was referring to coaches and general managers in response to your statement about coaches and general managers.

  • NovaCath

    Don’t expect him to hide in his house but posting a shopping trip online after such a loss with the playoff hope slipping away shows a complete lack of judgment to me. Comes across like he is 15. It is up there with the partying in Montreal during the playoffs. If he wants to go have fun fine but don’t be putting up pictures and videos.

  • R.O’B.

    the elephant suit is meant for no one to see except the couch on Sunday’s when you have no guests over or plan on passing by a window.

  • Ash

    Tremendously! But I can’t stiff you, because you provided the lion’s share of it today. You are to stupid comments, as Ovi would say, best )))))

  • Ash

    Suit yourself, bro. I think Toews is one of the best players in the NHL, no doubt. But I wouldn’t trade him straight up for Ovi. And I think a lot of people, after they’ve had time to cool off from this godawful week, are going to come back and realize they said a lot of very silly things while ranting.

  • Ash

    Oh, don’t feel bad. I’m sure you’ve caused just as many full scale revolutions with your super snappy images.

    In fact, we should totally make you captain of the Capitals. I’m sure you’d do a bang-up job. You would never be seen in public or having any kind of facial expression indicating enjoyment after the fans decided you should be hiding in your house, dressed in sackcloth and heaping ashes on your head.

    Now, it’s past your bedtime, so insult everyone baseless again and troll off along now, sweetie.

  • Ash

    Yeah, those 48 goals have been super bad for the Caps. Including those 3 OT goals, and all those other tying in the last minute of regulation to send the game to OT goals. Trade the bum.

    Also, I’m sorry, did you just say the reason those other players aren’t leading the goal scoring stats is because they are team players? That is the dumbest fucking thing I have heard today, and one of the worst examples of correlation and causation ever.

  • Ash

    I couldn’t agree more, given the quality of your comments and work here in this post. I’m assuming you will stay out of the public one week for every typo, grammatical error (they speak to the quality of your work, you see. You’re quitting on writing quality!), needless insult, statistical error, incorrect example of causation/correlation, incorrect summation of a comment’s content, strawman argument, and general trolliness.

    So, see you in… mm, November, maybe?

  • Ash

    For the record, I’m a fangirl, not a fanboy :)

    But I have not seen you yet consider things like facts to be important to you thus far.

  • Capper63

    You have yet to address anything in a meaningful way, and I see you do not intend to start now.
    Still crushing me with you downvotes? lol.

  • Capper63

    Yes, everyone who has a different viewpoint than you is “stoopid and f’ing ridiculous, and a troll, and makes me laugh!” We got your schtick already.

  • GrnEggsNHam

    “How would Ovechkin react to being literally thrown under a literal bus by his head coach?”

    The head coach is always replaceable. The face of your franchise is not… I think Ovi knows this by now and a head coach should take note. Most NFL coaches seem to understand this.

  • Matthew Helm

    Here is the thing. Every day my company changes lives of families. We work hard for a good outcome but it is not always possible. If I let bad things that happen consume me I would through myself in front of a bus. I may not blow off steam by going shopping and posting a video of myself, but I do blow off steam. That way I can reset myself and move on to the next day with a clear head.

    The problem with the argument being made here is it is a moral relativism. How you would handle the situation versus how Ovi does have no relationship outside of your head.

    Again, not defending his defensive play. Not at all.

  • OSnapSonnn .

    Put Stamkos on a line with Backstrom, I bet you he scores just as many, if not more (since he can actually skate). Put Giroux, Malkin, hell, even Semin on a line with Backstrom, and I bet you they all score just as many, if not more. My point is that when you have an all-star player feeding you perfect assists, you tend to score goals. Ovechkin can’t skate, but he can time his shot well, and THAT is why he has been successful. You want to bring up his scoring, yet ignore his +/-, and that is absolutely hilarious. The guy is nonexistent 5 on 5, and I think the last time he skated into the defensive end, it was because he fell down and slid through it.

    Team players get shit done to help their TEAM, not just to boost their own stats. Team players don’t just stand in the same spot, game after game waiting for the players around them to set them up. Team players don’t hop on the bench for a line change the second the puck enters their defensive zone. Team players don’t drift around center ice, leaving a defenseman open in our defensive zone. Team players don’t skate into the zone, attempt to deke, then fall down like a fucking peewee player. Team players don’t make terrible passes, then rush to the bench before we get scored on (to avoid digging that +/- hole even bigger).

    The fact that you don’t see the correlation between individual scoring and team play is a problem. When the Caps enter the offensive zone, the other team only has to focus on 2 players and a pylon with a stick (you can guess who that is), because no one in the league is more predictable. This is why our “top line” has little to no success 5 on 5, we essentially attack with 2 players. With how deadly his shot is, if he could learn how to skate (without falling down), and figure out basic hockey positioning tactics (ex: not standing in one specific spot game after game), I have no doubt that he could put up just as many goals, if not more, and the majority would be 5 on 5.. But in the end, he has been a one-trick pony for the past few years, and fans like you give him no incentive to change, and that is a major issue.

    Now I’m not telling you to hop off the bandwagon, I’m just asking you to pull your head out of your ass, could you do that for me? Thanks doll<3

  • thiazzi

    I guess they don’t have crosswalks in Russia.

  • Hockey mom

    Joe Montana was replaced, so it is possible.

  • Jonah

    I’m pretty sure when you’re a pro athlete you get to wear whatever the F you want.

  • Jonah

    the first half of your post sounded a lot like fight club…
    but a very good point about needing to recoup mentally and focus on something else.

  • Jonah

    you mean something as ridiculous as bringing in a proven Captain who can win and play tough in the playoffs?
    i wouldn’t want Ovi gone either and i know its not gonna happen, but its not a bad idea.

  • Jonah

    capper, i don’t think kettler has enough ice to treat that burn

  • Guest

    in 3…2….1…. herewego.jpg

  • Jonah

    and 3…2…1….

  • Matthew Helm

    Yeah. Didn’t mean to come off holier than thou. I work at a very famous children’s hospital. Just some perspective.

  • Capper63

    I get your point, but there is a whole lot of middle ground beyond either sitting in a dark room cutting yourself and what we have here.

    I think if roles had been reversed and it was GMGM and Oates doing this without a worry or concern in the world the day after their team got trounced and virtually eliminated from the playoffs, most of the posters would suddenly “get it”. The torches and pitchfork would be out in force. “Fire them now Ted!!!! They don’t even care about the team and are just taking your money!”

    Why are any of us even discussing anything here, if our personal opinions are not really relevant outside of our heads? That’s kind of a cop out

  • Matthew Helm

    No. I didn’t mean to invalidate your point. I apologize. I will say again that I am not defending the play. Just the video. Obviously this is about opinions. I just fail to see the correlation between a light hearted video and on ice performance. If it was a video of then getting trashed before a game is understand. But the vitriol here, I feel, is unfounded.

  • Capper63

    Thanks
    I just finished watching the game… not feeling particularly well….
    I agree about vitriol. I don’t like it either, and see way too much of it from sports fans these days. I guess since the internet was not around when I was a kid I was shielded from how hateful people can become over sports. I may get down on a player, but I never cross into hate etc. That’s why I don’t like to see so much of it directed at Oates or GMGM. so if it seemed I crossed into that, I am sorry, that was certainly not my intent.
    It is not about goal production, and the effect not really giving a hoot if your team gets blown out in a must win game would have on it. I never asserted that point. It probably has zero effect on goal production.

    The psychology you need for an athlete to go out and try to dominate other type A alphas is completely different from what most of us need to get by on our jobs and in life.
    There is nothing evil in the video, or anything that should make these young men seem like they are doing something bad. But that is not the type of response or attitude I am used to seeing in “champions” given the context of the situation.

  • Matthew Helm

    Dude. I agree. Stated much better this way. Much better.

  • Guest

    Maybe Ovi should put more effort into his game as opposed t finding ways to skirt around rules. Does it not bother anyone else that he would rather make his pads look like his sleeves just so he can keep them up like before? What if one of these days a ref feels like issuing him a penalty for a uniform infraction. It bugs me he would risk that as opposed to just wearing his sleeves like everyone else. Doesn’t seem like a good example to set when everyone else has to abide by the same rules.

  • Jonah

    oh yeah i know exactly what you mean. training EMT right here. i know how you feel about keeping things at work.

  • GrnEggsNHam

    “at Montana’s request, San Francisco traded Montana to the Kansas City Chiefs”

    I wouldn’t exactly call that being replaced. Steve Young did do a terrific job taking over.