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08:31 AM ET 05.01 | Alex Ovechkin finds himself in a number of uphill battles these days -- Rangers fans, the Rangers themselves, and his own coach's decisions with icetime. If the Caps go down 0-2 and Ovi doesn't score in his paltry 13 minutes and 36 seconds of ice time -- or almost five minutes less than Jeff Schultz and six minutes less than Dennis Wideman -- then [Dale Hunter] is the culprit in a second-guessed strategy that can only be reasoned as foolishly turning The Great Eight into Alexander The Decoy. But they didn't. ... Winning is the greatest deodorant in sports, but it doesn't cover up all the stench of percolating inner conflict on a team. Eventually, Old School Ontario vs. The Russian Machine will boil over.

The Washington Post

Alex Ovechkin, Icon Sports Alex Ovechkin, Icon Sports
May 1, 2012  08:38 AM ET

very good game last night.
rather than focus on Ovi's ice time, why don't they focus on the winning, or that this is shaping up to be great series.
would it have been better if Ovi had 23 minutes of ice and still scored the game winner?

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May 1, 2012  08:47 AM ET

If the Washington Post is going to insist on writing hockey articles, they could at least try to compare Ovi's ice time to other forwards. Schultz and Wideman are D-men who were bound to get more time anyways when they're rolling three pairs.

May 1, 2012  08:49 AM ET

Thats not stench of percolating inner conflict that is just a hockey bag you smell.

May 1, 2012  09:02 AM ET

Ovie has done a great job in spite of the Washington Post and their trifling whining about ice time. The ONLY stat that means anything in the playoffs is Goals For vs Goals Against. The Post ought to hire Emeril LaGasse as the hockey writer to explain how Gulf oysters will enable them to be better penalty killers. Make sense. Of course not? And neither does the rest of their stupid drivel.

May 1, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Winning is the greatest deodorant in sports, but it doesn't cover up all the stench of percolating inner conflict on a team. Eventually, Old School Ontario vs. The Russian Machine will boil over.


I like a nice bit of clche` and hyperbole for breakfast...what a load of tripe this is

May 1, 2012  09:04 AM ET

That was heluva a wrist shot Ovie snapped off for the game winner.

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May 1, 2012  09:19 AM ET

Right now Holtby is making Hunter look smart, that is all. It is kind of stupid to play the guy 13 minutes, when some guy named Beagle is playing like 6 more minutes but if the team wins, people overlook stupid. Hunter is going to have to give Holtby half his salary next year, because that is why they are where they are.

May 1, 2012  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Winning is the greatest deodorant in sports, but it doesn't cover up all the stench of percolating inner conflict on a team. Eventually, Old School Ontario vs. The Russian Machine will boil over.I like a nice bit of clche` and hyperbole for breakfast...what a load of tripe this is

Did you see Torts start torting last night. I was watching some of his presser afterwards, and someone had the nerve to ask him what he thought of Kreider's play since he was moved up, he said he would not get into that. Then someone asked him what his team did that gave Washington a little more time with the puck and he said next question. Love how the guy acts like a 2 year old.

May 1, 2012  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Did you see Torts start torting last night. I was watching some of his presser afterwards, and someone had the nerve to ask him what he thought of Kreider's play since he was moved up, he said he would not get into that. Then someone asked him what his team did that gave Washington a little more time with the puck and he said next question. Love how the guy acts like a 2 year old.

I'm sure you didn't mean to insult 2 year olds.

May 1, 2012  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Right now Holtby is making Hunter look smart, that is all. It is kind of stupid to play the guy 13 minutes, when some guy named Beagle is playing like 6 more minutes but if the team wins, people overlook stupid. Hunter is going to have to give Holtby half his salary next year, because that is why they are where they are.

Holtby is definitely covering up a lot of problems. The Rangers hitting the post and the crossbar sure helped out too.

It surprises me the amount of ice time that Beagle is getting. He was good in Hershey, but I was never that impressed with him.

May 1, 2012  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Did you see Torts start torting last night. I was watching some of his presser afterwards, and someone had the nerve to ask him what he thought of Kreider's play since he was moved up, he said he would not get into that. Then someone asked him what his team did that gave Washington a little more time with the puck and he said next question. Love how the guy acts like a 2 year old.

Do you think Bickell is able to sit down yet?
And not that it ws the whiole difference maker, (I thought the Rangers got lazy for long stretches last night) but that was a pretty ticky-tack call on Richards for a 3rd period playoff game. Of course, if the NYR tried to actually get a faceoff that matters once in a while....

May 1, 2012  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Right now Holtby is making Hunter look smart, that is all. It is kind of stupid to play the guy 13 minutes, when some guy named Beagle is playing like 6 more minutes but if the team wins, people overlook stupid. Hunter is going to have to give Holtby half his salary next year, because that is why they are where they are.

I agree. But to be honest, he hasn't had to make any really tough saves. I think The Bruins and The Rangers made it easier for him than they should have. let's face it, 14 shots in Game 1... you have no business losing a game with 14 shots...there were a lot more yesterday, (but not a lot of quality shots) but nothing earth shattering. The Rangers played game 1 like they played most of the year, and Game 2 like they played the last month of the season.

May 1, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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I'm sure you didn't mean to insult 2 year olds.

Just to clarify my insult a bit...........Torts is a very good coach and gets the best out of his team over the course of a year or a series. I think his act is a wee bit childish at times.....but, whatever works for him I guess.

On the other bench I must admit I wasn't sold on Hunter as a replacement for BB earlier this year. Over time though he's convinced me that he gives ice time to the guys who do what he wants them to do. Beagle? An All Star? Maybe not but he's working. Ovie not playing 25 minutes a game? Are they winning tough games? Is he contributing? Yes. Focus on one shift at a time, one period at a time. I'm now a convert. Does this mean they're Cup winners? Of course not. All you can do is workj hard and see what happens.

May 1, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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Holtby is definitely covering up a lot of problems. The Rangers hitting the post and the crossbar sure helped out too. It surprises me the amount of ice time that Beagle is getting. He was good in Hershey, but I was never that impressed with him.

Del Zotto is going to hear the post ringing in his nightmares after last night.

May 1, 2012  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Thats not stench of percolating inner conflict that is just a hockey bag you smell.

They won the first round, haven't they? And ... they're playing well as a team, and ... they won last night. Isn't that enough?

May 1, 2012  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If the Washington Post is going to insist on writing hockey articles, they could at least try to compare Ovi's ice time to other forwards. Schultz and Wideman are D-men who were bound to get more time anyways when they're rolling three pairs.

That's exactly what I thought while reading the article. your D will always get more minutes than your forward...

May 1, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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They won the first round, haven't they? And ... they're playing well as a team, and ... they won last night. Isn't that enough?

Kind of what I was poking at. You smell something the stench of hockey not "percolating inner conflict" or what ever other crap they are talking about.

 
May 1, 2012  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

That was heluva a wrist shot Ovie snapped off for the game winner.

yeah it was. Beat Hank clean

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