Update from Katie, 11:20 a.m.: After some confusion over what the word “spit” meant, Ovechkin denied Dorsett’s claim:
“No, no, no. I don’t know. Show me that moment, I want to see it. No.”
Original post: Columbus winger Derek Dorsett was successful getting under Alex Ovechkin’s skin on Saturday night, engaging the Capitals left wing in shoving matches all game long in an eventual 4-2 Washington victory.
On Tuesday, Dorsett told the Columbus Dispatch that the reason he was so preoccupied with Ovechkin was that the Capitals captain spit in his face.
“I haven’t told many people this but he spit in my face,” Dorsett told Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch. “That got me a little more mad.”
Dorsett said Ovechkin spit on him at 2:38 of the second period, when the two players got sent off for matching minors.
“That’s why I was yelling at the ref so much and yelling at him in the penalty box,” Dorsett told the Dispatch. “I find that pretty disrespectful. That’s probably one of the most disrespectful things someone can do, especially a guy who is the best player in the league. It’s classless. He’s supposed to be a role model for the game. It’s unbelievable.”
Ovechkin ended up scoring twice in the third period as the Capitals erased a 2-0 deficit to win.
“I don't know if he meant to do it, but the bottom line is he did it and it's disgusting,” Dorsett added.
It’s unclear whether Ovechkin spit on Dorsett from the video, but take a look for yourself:
Stay tuned for more on this after the Capitals’ optional practice.
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