“Today, Crosby is the Penguins’ faceoff specialist and one of the finest in the NHL.”
“In Pittsburgh’s recent home-and-home sweep of the Rangers, he won 24 of 39 faceoffs and now is tied for eighth in the NHL with a 57.1-percent success rate on draws.”
“He’s pretty reckless. It’s hard telling a guy that scores 60 goals a year to change the way he plays. At the same time, I don’t want to see him getting hurt. Maybe he has to pick his spots a little better….”
“I don’t think anything said is going to change the way he plays.”
Ovechkin was defiant when asked about his style of play. No one scores goals better, but he also loves to hit. He leads the Capitals with 18 goals, 30 points — and 44 penalty minutes. He missed six games earlier this season with an upper body injury, the first time in his career he’s had an injury that cost him more than one game.
“Why do I have to listen to somebody who say, ‘Hey, you have to change your game, and somebody going to kill you,’” Ovechkin said. “Well, nobody going to kill me. I just play my game and I just enjoy my time and I enjoy my life. It’s me, and it is what it is.”
“I play risky,” he said.