NEW YORK -- Alex Ovechkin expects to again be the target of another unfriendly embrace from the Madison Square Garden fans in Game 5 Monday.
"Yeah, I can't wait," Ovechkin said while flashing is famous gap-tooth smile Monday morning.
Taking a page out of the Ottawa playbook, where the fans at Scotiabank Place count down from 11:11 every period before chanting in favor of captain Daniel Alfredsson, the folks at MSG have taken to counting down from the 8:08 every period before chanting something that isn't all that kind to Ovechkin.
It includes his nickname, Ovi, but you can pretty much guess what the following word is.
Ovechkin doesn't mind it at all.
"I want to laugh, but I can't," he said.
Ovechkin looks at it as a sign of respect.
"It's always nice to hear from the fans, if they're booing you or cheering you," he said. "You're still out there and you still get some respect."
It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.
— Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after breaking the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings