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Ovechkin beats Malkin again in Capitals win

Ovechkin beats Malkin again in Capitals win

In a physical, tension-filled game between two star-studded NHL teams whose stars, at least, don't seem to like each other, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin barely bumped into each other.
Ovechkin let his play do the talking as he posted two goals and an assist in the Washington Capitals' 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins late Wednesday.
Pittsburgh's Malkin and Sidney Crosby, and Ovechkin are at the top of the league's season scoring leaders, and Washington's Alex Semin has 38 points in 27 games after missing time to injury.
It's no secret Ovechkin and fellow Russian Malkin, who went Nos. 1 and 2 in the 2004 draft, have been feuding. In the teams' previous meeting on Oct. 16, Ovechkin repeatedly sought out Malkin to deliver a hit to his former roommate.
And Semin said, "What's so special about (Crosby)? I don't see anything special there" in an interview two weeks later with Yahoo.com.
Also, it appears the relationship between Crosby and Ovechkin _ who entered the league together during the post-lockout 2005-06 season and were hailed as league co-saviors _ might have soured. The previous two NHL scoring champions jawed at each other while the teams came onto the ice to begin the third period.
But the only in-game displays of dislike came when Malkin was penalized for interference when he bumped Ovechkin during a first-period Washington power play and when Ovechkin finished a hard check on Crosby into the boards in the third.
Penguins agitator Matt Cooke bumped Ovechkin in retaliation and was given a penalty.
"I didn't even see him. It was a cheap hit," Ovechkin said about Malkin's hit.
After the game, Malkin was not available to the media, and the Capitals downplayed the personal feuds.
"We don't even talk about it," Tomas Fleischmann said "It's just the Washington Capitals against the Penguins, that's how it is and we didn't talk about it."


Updated : 2021-05-11 13:09 GMT+08:00