Just a short note, to point out that one of the NHL’s burgeoning grudge matches gets a chance to renew itself this evening. The Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Washington Capitals. Yes, Crosby vs. Ovechkin, but that’s not the real story. Ovechkin and Crosby don’t really seem to hate each other. Ovechkin and Malkin? They really seem to hate each other. If you believe the rumours, the trouble started when Ovechkin punched out Malkin’s agent in a bar. League golden boy Sidney Crosby doesn’t get out of the fuss scott free though. Caps forward Alexander Semin ripped Crosby in an interview at the start of the season, basically saying “What’s so special about (Crosby)? I don’t see anything special there.”
You may have recently seen Semin in a slap fight with Marc Staal of the New York Rangers. Yes, a slap fight. No, I’m not kidding. I wish I were. Check the video. Although, Staal doesn’t really have much to be proud of with the way he turtled under the crushing blows from Semin’s palms.
Unfortunately this game is not going to be widely televised. Partly due to the NHL’s crappy TV deal, and partly due to TSN’s bizarre insistence on showing an Ottawa / Atlanta game on one channel and those lovable losers the Toronto Raptors on another. There is regional coverage of the game in the States, and if anything happens, it should make all the highlight reels if you stick around to the end of the show.