Alex Ovechkin gets taken down in the neutral zone, but waives off a penalty himself

Published April 21, 2022 at 10:04
BY MIKE ARMENTI
Here's something you don't see everyday. During the first period in a matchup between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights, Caps captain Alex Ovechkin had attempted to catch a puck while off balance and took a tumble with Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty hot on his heels.

Pacioretty did appear to give Ovi's jersey a bit of a tug, but when Ovechkin went down, he immediately looked over to the officials to waive off a penalty, essentially admitting that he was off balance and that the bit of a jersey tug didn't really factor in.


Ovechkin catches a lot of flak, especially after the conflict in Europe, and his support of a certain tyrant, but politics aside, when it comes to his on-ice persona, Ovi is a competitor and one who plays the game as fairly as anyone.


This one is a bit of an odd one for sure, but an admirable play from Ovechkin, though I'm sure that his head coach might disagree. The Caps came up on the losing end of this one, thanks to an OT goal from Golden Knights defender Shea Theodore.
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