However you feel about plus/minus as a stat, it was hard to dismiss the fact that Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin hadn’t scored an even-strength goal (or point) since Feb. 27.
He changed that on Friday, scoring the only goal of the first period against the New Jersey Devils tonight:
That has to be a relief, as he ended a 16-game drought at even-strength.
To be fair, that tally seemed somewhat reminiscent of the type of goals he’s been scoring regularly on the power play. The Los Angeles Kings captured his love for shooting from that spot in late March:
Ovechkin might as well just set up camping equipment at the top of the circle.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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