Alex Ovechkin and Dennis Wideman should be pissed.  They’re on a 9th place team coming off three terrible losses who have allowed three goals from center ice this month and — on top of everything else — Ted Leonsis is raising ticket prices.

I’d want to slash my teammate too.

Katie Carrera of the Washington Post tweeted on Thursday that Ovi and Wideman “got into it a bit” after exchanging slashes, shoves and a stare down battle during their morning practice.

The spat between the Captain and the All-Star was all in front of General Manager George McPhee, who told Katie Carrera he’s not fine with the intensity during practice.  “Yeah we don’t mind that at all. We’re not running a Sunday school; this is pro hockey,” McPhee said.  “That would have been a good one. That would have been a rock star versus the all star.”

I’m with McPhee.  I’d be more concerned if these two guys were okay with how they have been playing.  Washington is on the outside looking in down four points to Florida in the Southeast division with four straight road games coming up.  I like the shoving in practice.

I also liked Wideman’s humorous explanation.

“He said he didn’t like the stick he was using, so he wanted to break it. So he broke it,” Wideman said grinning. “And I say, ‘Are you happy?’ He says ‘Yeah.’ Then he said, ‘Do you want to go for dinner tonight?’ I was like alright, and that was that. We went back and continued the drill.”

Kind of reminds me of that line from Happy Gilmore with the rake.

“I didn’t break it, I was merely testing its durability, and I placed it in the woods cause it’s made of wood and I wanted it to be near its family.”

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