Penguin's Geno Malkin posed this question of Alex Ovechkin's uber-physical play against him last night: "Ovechkin is a great player, but every time he hits me — I don't know why." Hockey Mom has a few theories to answer your question Geno:
- Duh, maybe because you had the puck?
- Maybe you remind him too much of Frankenstein and he had bad childhood dreams involving Frankenstein (anyone see the resemblance here? Malkin is a phenomenal player but you have to admit there's a resemblance!)
- And finally, maybe he just doesn't like you.
The great thing about hockey is that you don't have to play nice with everybody. You have to play within the rulebook, but nobody said you have to play nice!
Ovechkin's response to Malkin's question: "It's just a hockey game. I hit hard with everybody." Classic...that's why hockey fans world-wide are so enamored with Alex the Great, he just plays with all out abandon every game, every shift.
So another Hockey Mom fist bump to the entire team for such an exciting win. I hope to see Tom Poti, Viktor Kozlov and of course The Donald back on the ice soon! Next up, one of the hottest goalies in the NHL, Martin Brodeur and his New Jersey Devils take on the Caps at Verizon Center tomorrow night. Stay tuned!