"Listen up, all jobbers from The Pensblog. Pay attention, Nicholas from Pittsburgh Sports and Mini Ponies...now is not the time to get cocky. The Flyers proved the Pens are not invincible."
Alex Ovechkin doesn't follow this line of thinking. That little "sssshhhh" at the end of the game? Just another self-indulgent display from #8. Congrats on staving off elimination, but the series is far from over, you idiot.
And he can't even be original. Remember Maxime, after fighting Carcillo when the Pens were down 3-0 and rallied to eliminate the Flyers in Philly?
Situation-wise, Max knew he had baited a hothead (with the lead!) into a fight, which was enough to spark his teammates to a come-from-behind win that eliminated the hated Flyers in Philly. The Flyers fans were belligerent, thinking they had the game in hand with a 3 goal lead and a fight win by Carcillo. Talbot knew differently. And after China Jack's entirely appropriate warning following the series win, the Penguins have seemingly worked to NOT display any air of arrogance.
But if Ovie is comfortable with taunting a crowd and team when he still has to play another game against them, then I guess that's his prerogative.
We'll see you in Washington. Go Pens.
Ovechkin image is courtesy of Mr. Irrelevant.