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Alex Ovechkin Morphs Into Prehistoric Pugilist During Caps-Rangers Tilt

With his team already down 4-0 midway through the second period, Alexander Ovechkin decided to let his hip and then his fists do the talking when he delivered a vicious hip check to Rangers defenseman Dan Giardi and then, in a futile attempt to motivate his team, went mano-a-mano with Brandon Dubinsky at center ice. Interestingly, this was only Ovechkin’s  second NHL fight (per HockeyFights.com) and sadly, his dropping of the gloves clearly did not  fire up his teammates, as the Capitals went on to lose 7-0 in a savage beatdown. The Caps have lost six in row (one in overtime) and are now 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.

But there is no reason to panic, so says Unfrozen Caveman Hockey Player (via Yahoo!/AP):

“I think we just have to relax. I know it is huge pressure for us right now. Six games in a row. It’s big pressure for our players and coaches. We just have to relax and not think about the losing streak.”

Makes sense. Relax. Don’t panic. But as you will see in the video that follows, perhaps Ovechkin should try to motivate his team with his scoring prowess and instead work on his fighting techniques during his free time before he decides to drop the gloves again. I’m not saying he performed horribly, but his pugilistic skill level is nowhere close to his offensive talents.

Yeah, certainly not the prettiest fight, let’s see what the participants in the disappointing melee had to say after the game:

“I just saw (Dubinsky) coming. It’s just a moment in a game. Nothing special,” Ovechkin said.

Dubinsky didn’t think the brawl was anything particularly unusual, either.

“I think we have a mutual respect for each other. I really respect how he plays and how hard he plays and obviously his skill level,” Dubinsky said. “At the same time, I saw one of my teammates on the ice and wanted to protect him. Whether it is him or anyone else, I don’t like to see my teammates on the ice.”

Indeed, Ovie, indeed. Nothing special at all. Although I would love, just love to see Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby square off on New Year’s Day at the Winter Classic. That would be epic.

Rangers rout frustrated Ovechkin and Capitals 7-0 [Yahoo!/AP]