After the Washington Capitals' 4-0 victory in Game 3 last night, Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom skated to center ice at MSG and did a jumping side-bump -- you know, the celebration you see after any NBA player does anything, from hitting a big shot to sinking a free throw.
Their celebration occurred in front of the remaining disgruntled Rangers fans filing out of Madison Square Garden. As Dan Steinberg wrote in the Bog after the game, there were some expletives thrown the Capitals' way, and even a few of those plastic beer bottles.
When asked about the post-game celebration, Backstrom said it's nothing new:
"We've been doing it all season, doesn't matter where it is," Backstrom said. "I heard the crowd was yelling at us, but it was nothing against them, it was just a thing we have."
Someone check on Don Cherry!
Rangers fans are calling it an insult, and WFAN in New York is buzzing with talk that the moment included mockery of the "stick salute" the Blueshirts have popularized. But as Backstrom indicated, the "bump" has been used before after Capitals road games (video).
With the amount of coverage given to Ovechkin taking in Rangers practice yesterday morning and the fact that the two-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner has yet to record a goal through three games, this continuing drama is not going to die -- especially in New York.
Speaking of ticking off an opponent, the non-lobotomized Sean Avery returned to form, too.
Avery was called for three minor penalties in the second period and then ending his night with a 10-minute misconduct after this no-look punch on Caps goaltender Simeon Varlamov: