Sunday, April 01, 2007


This tidbit from the St. Pete Times Forum by Washington Post beat writer Tarik El-Bashir following the Lightning/Capitals game Saturday night:
Afterward the players met for about 15 minutes behind closed doors. Although no one would divulge exactly what was said, when the meeting ended, all-star left wing Alex Ovechkin emerged from the locker room and smashed his stick repeatedly against the wall and a trash can until it broke into four pieces, according those who witnessed the episode. Ovechkin's iPod and headphones also were completely destroyed, rumpled in the hallway.

Obviously whatever was cleared in the room was too much for Ovie. Continuing...
Ovechkin and Semin, who are close friends and who were linemates on Saturday, left without speaking to the media. Asked why thought Ovechkin was so angry, Kolzig said: "I'm sure he's probably frustrated with what happened and in the meeting. And that's really all I'm going to say. It wasn't targeted at Ovie. He's obviously our guy. But it was something he didn't want to hear."

Which means it's about Semin who might have been the punching bag for the Capitals' woes of late. I do have a feeling that this is not over. If in-fighting starts in the Caps' locker room, don't look for another win for the rest of the season.

From the AP:
Hanlon held a team meeting after the game. Afterward, while talking to reporters, the sound of a stick being smashed was heard in a nearby hallway. Reporters later found one of Alex Ovechkin's sticks shattered, and an iPod broken into numerous pieces. Ovechkin was not in the locker room when it was opened to reporters. "Losing, it's just frustrating," Washington right wing Chris Clark said. "Sometimes you need to let off steam like that."

So there is more drama for your momma on the Caps squad which is the last thing they need right now. What they need desperatly is a win or two to close out the season on a high note. This was not a good road trip for Ovie or the Caps in general.

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