Ovi snow showers? Happens all the time

April, 23, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va. -- We watched Alex Ovechkin roar to the bench during warm-ups before Game 4 and were concerned he might actually topple over the youngster wearing the Montreal gear and holding a Canadiens flag next to the bench. Instead, the Washington captain stopped abruptly, spraying a shower of snow onto the youngster's shin guards and socks.

Big deal.

You wouldn't think so, but the incident has made the rounds the talk radio sports shows on both sides of the border. Ovechkin was unapologetic Friday morning.

What does he think of the furor?

"Nothing. I just do it all the time and the kid was in front, and I think he's pretty happy about it," he said. "Probably he talks with his friends about it. I think it's cool."

Moving on …

Ovechkin was asked about the experience of trailing 3-1 in a series (the Caps were down 3-1 against the New York Rangers in the first round last postseason) and whether that might help prepare them for what the Habs are going through emotionally.

"When you are losing 3-1, you think, 'Jesus, why did this happen to our team?' We talked to the guys and they didn't want to go on vacation or go home," Ovechkin said. "They wanted to play. This is a situation where everybody has to be ready for a fight."

He figures the opening moments of Game 5 will be crucial.

"The first 10 minutes is going to be very important," Ovechkin said. "I think they're going to push us pretty hard and try to score goals, and if they score, it'll be mentally good for them. We have to push back and play our game."

Boudreau's not going there

Washington coach Bruce Boudreau was in no mood to discuss his team's potential second-round opponent, Philadelphia. The Flyers, the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, ousted No. 2 New Jersey in five games with a 3-0 win Thursday night.

"I'm not talking about Philadelphia," Boudreau said. "I'm talking about Montreal."

If the Capitals should advance, they would automatically play the Flyers regardless of the outcome of the other two series because Philadelphia is the lowest seed and the Caps are the top seed.

A Norris finalist

No surprise, but Mike Green was named a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman for the second year in a row. Green led all defenders with 19 goals and 76 points in 75 games. His plus-39 rating was second among all defensemen. He is just the seventh blueliner in NHL history to record back-to-back seasons of 70 or more points before reaching the age of 25. He had 73 points in 2008-09.

Scott Burnside

ESPN Senior Writer



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