Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin denied Wednesday that he spat in the face of Columbus forward Derek Dorsett during a game Saturday night.
Dorsett made the allegation Tuesday in comments published in the Columbus Post Dispatch.
"No, no, no," Ovechkin told Katie Carrera of the Washington Post after practice Wednesday. "I don't know. Show me that moment, I want to see it. No."
Ovechkin and Dorsett were both penalized at 2:38 of the second period after they came together and jostled away from the puck after Dorsett had hit Ovechkin earlier in the shift. Dorsett was given two minutes for cross-checking and Ovechkin two for roughing. They continued their verbal argument once seated in their respective penalty boxes.
"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.
"That's why I was yelling at the ref so much and yelling at him in the penalty box. 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. ... I don't know if he meant to do it, but the bottom line is he did it and it's disgusting."