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‘What Was That!?’ Konecny Goes After Ovechkin For Scoring Second Empty Netter



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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin moved within 100 goals of breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goals record in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and Travis Konecny wasn’t pleased about it at all.

Ovechkin found the puck on his stick and himself on a break behind the defense in the dying seconds of regulation with the net empty. He had d already had one ENG minutes earlier, the 50th of his career. With no one to pass to, the Great 8 skated in his second ENG of the night.

Konecny didn’t like how the Great 8 went about it and wasn’t afraid to let him know. He immediately went over to Ovechkin and appeared to ask, “What was that?” He shared some more words with the captain before pushing him, and the two then got into a scrum. Ovechkin’s teammates rushed to their captain’s aid and the Flyers did the same with their leading goal-scorer.

“I mean, it might have not looked as bad. I personally thought he deked it and put it on his backhand,” Konecny said postgame. “Maybe it wasn’t as bad as I thought.”

Ovechkin didn’t have bad intentions at all. From the look of things, it appeared that he was looking for someone to pass to, hence the delay and him picking his head up before scoring. And, when he didn’t have anyone with him as he was all the way at the crease, he backhanded it in. Ovechkin didn’t celebrate the goal, either.

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The 37-year-old is now at 795 career goals. He’s five away from 800, seven from passing Gordie Howe for second all-time and 100 from breaking Gretzky’s all-time record. His 51 empty-net goals are also the second-most in NHL history, five behind the Great One.