Tag: war of words

Milan Lucic, Brooks Laich

Milan Lucic and Karl Alzner don’t seem to care for each other


Last night’s Bruins-Capitals Game 3 saw the nastiness level jump up a bit.

As the teams battled late in the third period, Milan Lucic and Karl Alzner came together with Alzner putting Lucic in a headlock. While Lucic was penalized on the play, Alzner was not and skated away mocking Lucic by wiping away a fake tear.

Milan Lucic a crybaby? That’s what Alzner seems to think and as Lucic tells Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.com, he finds it all too amusing.

“I don’t even know what to say to show that I’m not a crybaby,” Lucic said with a laugh. “That’s a lot coming from a guy who’s got three roughing penalties in two years. So there you go.”

If anything, that sounds like an open invitation for Alzner to engage Lucic whenever he feels like having a go. With the rough stuff picking up, the Capitals may have woken up what was a sleepy team. The Bruins thrive on physical shenanigans and last night’s game saw its fair share of them from both sides.

As for Alzner, if he plans on antagonizing Lucic further he might want to avoid dropping the gloves. Lucic as a fighter is a mean, tough customer to handle.

Fightin’ words: Arron Asham calls Alex Ovechkin a “hypocrite”

Alex Ovechkin, Tyler Kennedy

Last night’s Pens-Caps game from Pittsburgh not only generated a lot of talk because of Arron Asham’s take-down and taunting of Jay Beagle, but also thanks to Alex Ovechkin’s big words after the game calling out Asham for his tactics.

Leave it to Asham to not leave well enough alone with the day’s hot-button topic, according to CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley.

Asham declared that the “rivalry is back” between the Capitals and Penguins and that Ovechkin is a “hypocrite” for what he said relating to the situation. Those are some big words coming from a part-time enforcer and full-time grind line player like Asham.

This is nothing new in the grand scheme of things. One guy does something the other team doesn’t like at all and the opposing team responds to the verbal quips in kind. The talk of the Pens-Caps rivalry being “back on” is a bit surprising on its own since… We had no idea it was actually off.

It’s not like this is Red Wings-Avalanche in the grand scheme of things, the Pens and Caps are still as cutthroat as ever. Just think to last spring when Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke caught Ovechkin with a questionable knee-on-knee hit. The blood boiled over just as much then as it is now. If you thought these two Eastern superpowers had gone quietly into that good night, you’ve been paying attention to the wrong people.

Tim Thomas isn’t here to pump Roberto Luongo’s tires

Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins - Game Four
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Another day off between Stanley Cup finals games can mean only one thing: Memorable quotes pointed at opponents.

Today’s media session saw Boston’s Tim Thomas meet with the press and given what Roberto Luongo had to say about their difference in playing styles after Game 5 in Vancouver, inquiring minds wanted to know what Thomas thinks of all that. Thomas wasn’t willing to bite on that question today.

“I did hear about what he said, but I don’t really want to go into that. My focus is on what I can do to help my team win going into Game 6 here. It’s obviously a “must win” game and I think it’s important for our whole team to focus on that game and what we can do on the ice,” Thomas said.

Smart for Thomas to leave well enough alone there, but when asked about how Luongo felt he wasn’t getting enough credit sent his way for his play in the playoffs (he does have two shutouts in the finals after all) Thomas put his tongue firmly into his cheek to respond.

Q. Tim, Darren Pang always talks about the goalie union, that you guys all stick together. I know you don’t want to comment on what Roberto said, but he also said you didn’t say anything nice about him. Did you want to comment on that?

TIM THOMAS: I guess I didn’t realize it was my job to pump his tires (laughter). I guess I have to apologize for that.

I still think I’m the goaltender on the union side and I stick with all the other goalies. In being one and knowing what it takes to perform at this level and with this amount of pressure, I understand to a certain extent what every other goaltender is going through.

I guess that’s that.

I’d like to think that that will be that.

The war of words stuff in this series since the NHL has made sure to get tougher with the on-ice taunting has helped distract from what’s been a very solid series with contrasting styles and personalities all over the place. On Boston’s side you’ve got the likable stars like Patrice Bergeron and Tim Thomas. For Vancouver, Manny Malhotra’s remarkable comeback has taken a back seat to biting and taunting and verbal sparring. Even with all those fuzzy warm people and personalities, here we are still sifting through the fan outrage of players saying things that either they’re using to get a psychological edge or they’re having them warped out of proportion.

C’est la vie.

Out of all of this the point still remains that the teams will hit the ice Monday night and Vancouver has to figure their stuff out if they want to avoid a no holds barred, anything goes Game 7 in Vancouver on Wednesday. If the Canucks can’t figure out how to beat the Bruins in Boston, they’ll have just that. If Luongo doesn’t come up huge in Game 6, win or lose, we’ll still be talking about how he can’t quite yet win the big one and we’ll be left with potentially one more day filled with verbal snipes that serve no other purpose than to ignite the fans and distract the players.

It may not be the sort of Stanley Cup finals we hoped for from the get go, but if you cut through all the side show theatrics, this series is about all we could’ve hoped for.