Less than 60 seconds into the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals last night, Capitals forward Tom Wilson dropped the gloves and then quickly dropped Penguins defenceman Jamie Oleksiak.
Crosby wasn’t pleased. From the Penguins bench he attempted to make the case that Wilson should have been given an instigator penalty. Ovechkin, standing just feet away on the Capitals bench, disagreed.
Ovechkin turned to his right and Crosby turned to his left and the pair proceeded to scream at one another.
For his part, after the game, Crosby wasn’t sure why he’d drawn the Russian’s ire.
“I’m trying to find out why it wasn’t an instigator. He started yelling at me for some reason. My conversation was with the official, not with him, so I don’t know why he felt the need to come over,” the Penguins captain told reporters.
Ovechkin has not yet publicly commented on the exchange.
Call it passion, call it poor sportsmanship, call it part of the game. What is known for sure is, once more, Wilson managed to find himself at the centre of drama. That, and a playoff meeting between these two teams can’t come soon enough.