If you ever wondered what the perception of the Rangers is around the league, check out this retort by Alex Ovechkin to Ryan McDonagh's comments yesterday that he thought the Capitals captain looked tired on Derek Stepan's Game 3 winner (via Daily News)...
“Well, McDonagh is a good skater, but they don’t play much of a physical game. So it’s kind of nice to know when you go to the corners, they’re not going to hit you."
...ouch! I guess Rangers fans aren't the only ones who think this team is soft. Amazing how the Rangers can go from having the reputation of being one of the hardest teams to play in the NHL, to the easiest in one season. You want to know why opponents took liberties with the Rangers players all season, there you have it.
...i tell you what, Tortorella better have this quote sitting in everyone's stall before the game because this is prime bulletin board material. I know I'd be spitting nails if I heard my opponent call me softer than a pillow mere hours before a critical Game 4. If this team has any balls, they'd pummel Ovechkin from one end of the ice to the other all night long.
This is what I'd love to see happen to Ovechkin tonight...
It's good to know that McD isn't dumb enough to get caught in the neutral zone trying to lay him out tonight....right?
I don't know. I think he got hit pretty hard a few times in this series. I know Girardi dumped him once or twice.
Nope. Someone needs to clock him, because he is absolutely right. Many of us have said the same thing all year. This could help turn the series, if the Rangers play it right.
Yes, we have not been physical enough. the 1st game we came out hitting but it seemed to stop after that, However this sounds like Ovi just running his mouth again trying to get McD off his game who has done a nice job keeping him at check at even strength, so I'd love to see other guys play physical but as far as McD goes - no even strength goals for Ovi. Qualitiy scoring chances very limited against one of the 2 or 3 best offensive players, plus he totally burned Ovi on our winning goal last game with his keeper, so McD - if it ain't broke don't fix it!
He's trying to get under the Rangers skin. Good solid clean hits and stay outta the box. That's all. ooo and fucking score!!!!
Ovy the Caps so called Captain is made to look ridiculous by getting faked out of his jock by Mcdonough on the game deciding goal no less, cause once again he was trying to leave the zone early rather then play D. Not to mention the guy who made him look silly is the same guy who has held him to ZERO EVEN STRENGTH GOALS in the series...lol. I think what Ovy was really saying is "caps fans already think I am soft in big spots so i better change the conversation fast cause if not Caps fans are going to once again question my leadership"
Not surprised Ovechkin feels this way. Heck, I've been crying about the physicality of the ranger squad all year
Also, maybe Ovi should look at his own game.... Whatever the Rangers are doing it is working.... He has 1 goal in 3 games, the defense should keep playing him how they have been!!!
I hope someone on the Rangers flattens Ovechkin. I can't wait to hear the count down to Ovi sucks either! #letsgorangers
It is tough because if you hit Ovi, they call a penalty. He is a "golden boy" just like Crosby and they get every call... did you guys see the embellishment he had on Richards high stick?
Why is Ovechkin getting defensive? It wasn't a criticism of him just an observation by Mcdonough.Oh thats right he was defensive cause Cap fans think he is soft metally & can't handle the big moment.. This quote gives them another reason to think it. BTW the guy who won't hit him in the corner ie;Mcdonough has been matched up against him for 3-games & Ovy has ZERO EVEN STRENGTH GOALS!!!!! So thats another reason why he is defensive. This also leads me to think we are getting inside the Caps heads a bit. I said earlier they are on a roll playing w-confidence & we needed to break that...maybe we have!!!!
We need to understand Torts is the reason we are soft.....by him constantly telling this team not to take penalties takes most of our aggresiveness away.
Clowe is supposed to be back tonight right? Might not have been the wisest move by the Russian Flame-out!
Yep, he's trying to get this reaction out of NYR to get the Craps on the PP more. Just keep him off the score sheet and send him home again. That'll be the best revenge.
This is what I'd love to see tonight: http://youtu.be/7vW1TOaj-5E
He's right. Only a few players on this team who finish their checks. The list is short but distinguished. Wish Staal was 100%, love watching him and Ovie trade hits. LGR!!
I love to see someone really line him up tonight and put him on his ass.
do not fall for this, if he gets hit in the corners, face into the glass we will be sitting in the box all night, girardi hits, mac hits, cally, asham, etc, this logic we dont hit is silly, he wants us to do exactly that and take boarding calls all night
do not fall for this, if he gets hit in the corners, face into the glass we will be sitting in the box all night, girardi hits, this logic we dont hit is silly, he wants us to exactly that and take boarding calls all night
@MannySanghera true. can't say the same thing about ovie, he's always running out of position.
@cb1 all I care about is that he doesn't score and McD has limited his chances nicely with or without hitting. Don't fall for it guys, and yeah, he is a dumbass
@ThrSage and his inability to win in the playoffs
@McPhee37 but who cares? whatever they are doing on him is clearly working. The hottest player in the NHL has 1 goal so far in the series. Our defense has really been very strong, we just need to find a way to put the puck in the net like we did in game 3 and we wont lose many games with Hank in net
@Josh6 Yeah & that one goal was a PP goal off a crazy bounce that was a slam dunk into the net. In other words he has been totally shut down.
See the Islanders last night? They beat up Crosby like he owed them money. He got smacked around all night long.
@Josh6 That was embarrassing.
@RangerGuy99 I agree, even in the playoffs last year the team did not play as aggressively as they had during that regular season. This season they have been soft. On the other hand the Caps have a great power play and if you are going to take a penalty you must take someone with you.
@RangerGuy99 I criticize Torts for a lot but he's always been known as a hard nose coach who encourages the physical stuff. I don't think that's it but an interesting thought
@screaminlunatic Obviously if the Rangers do finally decide to be physical on him, yes they will need to be smart.
@queensbee Spiked CT's are a double-edged sword.
@Herman_NYRBlog LOL! So true.
@Josh6 @ThrSage Yep...I can't remember off the top of my head but how many goals did he score against us last yr? in a series that was so tight it was perfect for a player of his caliber to take control of & lead his team to victory. He wasn't up to the challenge but then again he never is. The mpre I think about it the more I think Mcdonough is getting inside his head!!!!
Because you have to attack your opponent's skilled players whenever you get the chance. Because the hits and wood you lay on them in Games 1, 2, 3 and 4.....will have affects on those players in Games 5, 6 and 7.
Do you want Ovechkin flying around...fresh as a lily in Games 6 and 7?...I don't. I want him sore, banged up...barely able to skate come Game 7
@KevinDeLury staal is the best guy to play him but the fact he mentioned "in the corners" is making me think he is setting them up to take boarding calls all night, he has 8 goals against us in the playoffs because its been 3 years now in a row, otherwise i dont think he has been unstoppable, we have more issues with holtby
@Josh6 @ThrSage @KevinDeLury Yep...did u see the ridiculous call crosby got in game-2 in the Isles series which gave the Pens a PP which decided the game? Messier never dove not once thats why he has 6-Cups & Crosby though annointed the next all time great will never approach that. he doesn't have enuff respect for the game!!!!! And he is soft!!!!