Alex Ovechkin spoke with the media on Tuesday for the first time since Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf called him a diving embarrassment to the game.
Which, you know, probably didn’t sit well with Ovechkin.
To rewind: The Washington Capitals defeated the Ducks, 5-3, on Sunday night. Ovechkin had two goals and two assists, and drew two penalties in the game. Getzlaf felt that Ovechkin embellished those calls, and called him out with gusto:
"I didn't know he was going to dive tonight the way he did all over the f---ing ice. That part of it’s a little (more) embarrassing, pardon my language. He’s a great player. He’s going to score goals and make plays. That other stuff’s embarrassing.
"The slash on me. The slash on his hand. When we ran into him and he dove down. All those things. It's embarrassing to the game.”
Ovechkin responded to those comments by not responding, before he did.
“No response. Maybe he’s just jealous. All that kind of stuff. I have hair, he don’t have hair. So we can start talking about that all day long,” said Ovechkin with a smile, before the Capitlas played the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.
“He was disappointed that they lost. It is what it is.”
Despite having been called out for diving several times in his career, Ovechkin said he’s not a chronic embellisher.
“I don’t think somebody can call me a diver in this league. Maybe he’s just disappointed and all that kind of moments happen on that team. It is what it is,” he said.
Indeed. But Ovechkin’s comments got us thinking about what Getzlaf said. Could these outrageous remarks come not from a place of disgust over an opponent flopping to the ice with regularity to draw calls from sympathetic referees, but from a place of abject jealousy over Alex Ovechkin and his sick, unbelievable life.
To that end, a tale of the tape:
Yeah, well, despite that last one, Ovechkin does have a more impressive coif.
UPDATE: Here's Getzlaf responding to the Ovechkin hair dig, via Puck Daddy's Jen Neale:
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