Time for some lithium
Alex Ovechkin didn't take his club's latest loss all that well yesterday:
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 to those who witnessed the episode. Ovechkin's iPod and headphones also were destroyed, crumpled in the hallway.This has got to be troubling if you're a Capitals fan. I mean, you have to like the kid's fire and passion, but what good is it if this is your reaction when you're singled out for criticism by your teammates?
Even if he wasn't the direct target for criticism, Ovechkin's defensive game continues to leave a lot to be desired: When he's on the ice at even strength, the team's goals-against average is 4.0 — markedly higher than the 2.6 GAA when he's on the bench.
Thanks to the A-Team over at AOL's NHL Fanhouse for digging up this one.