Ovechkin Celebrates 50th Goal

Last night, Alexander Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  To commemorate the event, he laid his stick down on the ice and treated it as “too hot to handle.”  For several seconds before skating off of the ice.

A few weeks ago, color commentator, Don Cherry expressed a certain level of disgust with Ovechkin’s celebrations following goals… but this latest example of premeditated celebration will really burn Cherry’s britches I’m sure.  I’d imagine that Cherry will have more viewers than he’s had in years the next time he’s on t.v. as people tune in just to hear what he’s got to say now. 

In case you missed it here’s (what will become I’m sure) the notorious celebration:

As far as the celebration goes: I’ve made it very clear to everyone I talk to that I love Ovechkin’s passion for the game.  I typically have no problem with him pumping his fist and being excited about goals.  I actually don’t have much of a problem with him planning a celebration for milestone goals… but what I do have a problem with, is the star player of a team seemingly focusing more on his own personal achievements and goal scoring than the teams success as a whole. 

The Washington Capitals are a team that is 5-4-1 in their last 10 games.   That’s the 8th best “last-10” record in the Eastern Conference right now.  This team needs to focus on winning games; not celebrating goals or personal achievements.  If Ovechkin is ever to be a captain of this squad (he’s currently an alternate), he needs to learn that lesson. 

I’ve got no problem with celebrating… and I really don’t care one way or another about planned celebrations in hockey… but I do think that any celebrating that is done, should come only after the success of the team as a whole. 

If the Capitals were on a tear, mopping the ice with their competition of late, it’d be a completely different story, and I’d have a very different opinion as to whether or not this celebration should have occurred… as things are right now, Ovechkin and his teammates need to be more focused on how they can advance their position in the standings, and how they can prepare themselves best for a long playoff run. 

At the end of the day, you can scored 50+ times in numerous regular seasons… but if you don’t win a Stanley Cup, you will retire unsatisfied.  Ovechkin and the Capitals as a whole need to take a second and refocus on what is (or at least should be) their most important goal: Lord Stanley’s Cup.  After that goal is achieved, then you celebrate… and you celebrate as a team.

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2 Responses to “Ovechkin Celebrates 50th Goal”

  1. 1hockeychics Says:

    TSN talked about Hejduk’s swim and other hockey celebration. I think he is the face of a new generation. Maybe Ovechkin is right and Don Cherry just needs to “deal with it.” Tomorrow I will have Sidney Crosby’s reaction on my hockey show. Tune in. http://www.chicshockey.com

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