OK, not that Alexander Ovechkin needs my support, but here’s a little background on his pregame kicking of snow on the socks of the young Canadiens flag-bearer that’s got so many folks’ knickers in a twist.
Here’s the YouTube video of it (image at left is from the RDS feed).
When Washington emerges from their room across
the Bell Centre rink, every Capitals player turns a few quick warmup laps. Not Ovechkin. Not
last night, not for Game 3 Monday. Ovie sprints absolute full bore
across the ice to the Caps bench, hits the brakes and immediately takes
his seat at the end, beside where the Habs’ backup goalie sits.
Other players need the fast laps to get pumped. But Ovechkin does this. Game 3,
he came so hard that his stop nearly sliced the stray cable of the
cameraman kneeling on the ice to shoot the Habs coming onto the rink. He’ll do the same for Game 6, if there is one and if he’s not in the
The good news is, this flag-waving
kid will live forever on YouTube. Too bad for him the snow from
Ovechkin’s skates melted on his socks, or he could have sold them for a
pile of dough on eBay.
But imagine if Ovie had slipped. They’d
still be taking the kid off the boards with a spatula.