Around the League: While I Was Out

  • Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday and added 2 assists.  He becomes only the 3rd player in NHL history to break 50 goals 3 times in their first 4 seasons (Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy).  The history isn’t what’s being talked about, it’s OV’s celebration.  A lot of people are backing him up like Jeremy Roenick and Sidney Crosby, but some disagree.  I think its a good thing for hockey.  I think Ovechkin is good for hockey.  As long as a celebration doesn’t taunt another player or disrespect someone directly I don’t see a problem with it.

“You know what? I love Ovechkin. I think this kid is great, he’s great for the game, he’s great for the young kids to watch. The energy this kid shows, the talent he shows, what he does on the ice is just spectacular, and, you know, so what? He goes and puts his stick down and, you know, he is hot. He is hot. He’s telling everybody that he’s red hot, and his stick is hot, he’s letting everybody in the world know that he knows that he’s good and that he’s hot.”–Roenick

“He’s been probably criticized a bit about it,” said Crosby.  “He’s showing that passion, and that’s fine.”–Crosby

Jeff Marek claims the celly isn’t orignial and that its worse than what Sean Avery said about the Flames captain–CBCsports

Even Ovechkin’s former captain Jeff Halpern didn’t like the celly, and feels something needs to be taken care of. 

“I don’t mind the spontaneous celebrations, but that kind of stuff is … I don’t even know the word for it,” said Halpern. “It’s up to our team to do something about it.”

  • Martin Brodeur passed Patrick Roy for the most all-time wins in NHL history.  Brodeur is currently two shutouts away from breaking Terry Sawchucks record for most shutouts–The Star Ledger
  • Are the Boston Bruins headed for a downfall or hold onto their 5 point lead in the East–Puck Daddy
  • Here’s a look at the matchups for the playoffs if they started today. Gotta love the matchups in the East, pure classics
  • The Oilers are holding onto to a playoff spot in the West after getting a point in 9 out of their last 10 games–

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