All right, here's what everyone's talking about tonight. Alex Ovechkin nets his 50th, drops his stick and pretends it's too hot to handle. And the Lightning aren't all that happy about it.
I'm sure you've already seen it, but here goes again:
A lot of the reaction in the aftermath has been along the lines of "ho ho, Don Cherry will be miffed," but the fact is Ovechkin's celebration is going to upset a whole lot more than just the HNIC icon. There's already a good debate raging among Capitals fans over at Japers' Rink.
Here's Tampa Bay goaltender Mike McKenna to Lightning Strikes:
"It's not something I've never seen on the NHL level," he said. "I'm a traditionalist when it comes to hockey. I appreciate guys who play the game hard and are humble. Alex is always exciting to watch and he's great for the game, but it's not something I would have done. When I saved his breakaway I could have done a spin move or something, but I didn't."
Lightning coach Rick Tocchet was also quite unhappy, and I imagine he has let his team know as much.
Ultimately, and unfortunately, Cherry's probably going to prove right here: One of these days, Ovechkin will cross the line from celebration into mockery and someone on the receiving end won't go as meekly into the night as the Lightning did tonight.
Keep your eye on the Tampa-Washington game next Friday as there could be fireworks.
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