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While his Pittsburgh Penguins came out with a 2-1 win over the Capitals on Wednesday night, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had some words for his opposing captain following the Metropolitan Division clash. Early in the first period, following Tom Wilson’s bout with Jamie Oleksiak, Crosby and Ovechkin traded barbs between the two benches. According to the Penguins’ beloved star, Wilson should have gotten a penalty for instigating the fight and believes Ovechkin interrupted his conversation with the officials.During their exchange, per NBC Sports Network’s Pierre McGuire, Ovechkin and Crosby traded the following:
Per Pierre McGuire the exchange was:
Per Pierre McGuire during NBCSN telecast the exchange was:
Crosby: Why don’t you fight him?
Ovechkin: Why don’t you fight me? Stop talking https://t.co/UcptvpXxlo
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) December 20, 2018
After the game, despite playing a key role in his team’s victory, Crosby told reporters that he believes Wilson should have been given a minor penalty for instigating, and claimed that Ovechkin began yelling at him during his exchange with an official. Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey, Crosby said:
Crosby on his interaction with Ovechkin: “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.”
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) December 20, 2018
Ovechkin recorded five shots in the 2-1 loss in 25:14 of ice time, seeing an impressive points and goal streak come to an end. Crosby recorded a goal and an assist to help the Pens edge the Caps in their first meeting since November.
By Michael Fleetwood