You just knew Alex Ovechkin was waiting for this moment. The Washington Capitals captain sat for long stretches of Game 2 versus the New York Rangers, seeing just 13:36 of total ice time. To put that into perspective, Jay Beagle played 19:58 on Monday night.
But Ovechkin wasn't sitting in silence, especially 12 minutes into every period. That's when the Madison Square Garden crowd has been counting down to the eight-minute mark, then loudly chanting "Ovi sucks".
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In effect, Ovechkin was responding to a lot of critics when he scored the 3-2 game-winner just 30 seconds after the last "Ovi sucks" chant, with seven and a half minutes to go in the third period of Game 2: