As he chases history, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was mic'd up for Thursday's game against the Ottawa Senators — and he had quite a few things to say.
Ovechkin, who became the NHL's all-time shots leader against Ottawa, was all over the place and getting several high-danger chances. But he also had some words for the officials as the Capitals saw some penalties go uncalled.
The 37-year-old shouted at the referees during the game, voicing his displeasure with the way the game was being called. After Ovechkin went back to the bench, the official followed to have a quick word with him. It was all caught on camera.
"My dad doesn't yell at me like that," the referee said.
Ovechkin wasn't having it at all and had a quick quip ready to go.
"It's okay. It's game. It's a game," he said, nodding matter-of-factly and (like an icon, we may add) flipping his towel over his shoulder after the official skated away.
Here's the full exchange via B/R Open Ice.
“It’s ok, it’s a game.”
This mic’d up exchange between Ovechkin and the ref is priceless. 🎙️ 😂 pic.twitter.com/2A12hdI5El
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The Russian finished the night with two assists en route to a 3-2 overtime victory in Ottawa. Though he was held without a goal again and remains stuck at 800, he is sure that it'll drop eventually, and isn't sweating it.
"You just have to fight through it," Ovechkin said postgame. "If I was playing out there and had zero chances? Yeah, I would be worried," he said. "But I have a chances. Goalie played good. Right now, it's important to get two points and keep moving in the standings."
Washington returns home to face the Winnipeg Jets in the second game of a back to back on Friday. He will continue to work for goal No. 801, which will tie him with Gordie Howe for second on the NHL's all-tiime goals list.