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Monday's Predlines Headlines: Ovechkin's Selfish Play

The Nashville Predators claimed their second shootout victory in 10 tries with a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals last night.

Predators fans were treated to seeing one of the NHL’s best offensive players up close, but they certainly didn’t see much on the defensive side of the puck from the Capitals Alexander Ovechkin.

Seemingly only interested in personal offense, the 28-year-old Russian winger pulled off a somewhat unprecedented move in the second period, just moments before Predators winger Patric Hornqvist scored on a breakaway.

Puck Daddy debates if Ovechkin lept onto the Capitals bench just in time in order to avoid adding to his NHL-leading minus-48 plus/minus rating.

I’m not sure whether to be impressed by this or just shake my head. At least we know Ovechkin is really committed to something. 

Last night’s Capitals and Predators tilt wasn’t without other bizarre moments as well. Seconds before the two teams were set to square off in the shootout, the home team reached into their back pocket for a trick to try and cure their woes in the skills competition.

Jim Diamond of Rinkside Report relates the hilarity that ensued after Nashville used the “ole Zamboni trick.”

This would be the opposite of when the New England Patriots cleared away the snow for their field goal kicker way back when, I guess?

A second-straight season without a playoff birth about to come to a close, fans and media alike are starting to point fingers (some of them are at least).

Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck cites why he’s not sure general manger David Poile and/or head coach Barry Trotz should be back next season.

This question is going to get asked a lot over the next few weeks and months. One of our own writers published some of this thoughts (specifically on Poile’s performance) earlier today in fact. 

It’s four more days off for the Predators until they play in California on Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks at 9:00 p.m. (CST).

 

Thomas Willis is the Manager/Editor of Predlines.com and can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @TomAWillis. For the latest updates in Predator news, follow @PredlinesNSH

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