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Sunday Hockey Notes

As Ovechkin case shows, ice time is of the essence

No doubt we’d all agree that Alex Ovechkin is a better hockey player than Bruce Boudreau is a coach. All of which added to the drama, subplots, and tantalizing discomfort factor in Washington Tuesday night when the Great 8, left on the bench by Boudreau at crunch time against the Ducks, was caught on camera muttering what appeared to be an obscenity meant for his coach.

Granted, such behavior in a normal workplace today likely would have led to A.O.’s immediate termination. But was it ever fun TV, and it no doubt will pair Boudreau and Ovechkin in YouTube perpetuity, which ultimately might detract from the key point.

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