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Alexander Ovechkin: 50th on Fire

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals celebrates a first period goal by Alex Ovechkin #8 against the Florida Panthers on February 15, 2009 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
bianca solariContributor IMarch 23, 2009

On March 19th, 2009 Alexander "the great" Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season.  He had planned out with his teammates a little celebration to do after scoring.

He's known for having a big celebration like jumping up onto the glass after a goal, but we haven't seen anything like this.

After scoring a beautiful goal, Vechie placed his stick on the ground and did a "it's on fire" movement.  His own teammates bailed on him.  "He wanted me to join in, but there was no way I would join in on that," Green said. "I just kind of stood back and let him do what he does."

Many people thought it was out of line and he shouldn't have celebrated in that way. 

Opponent Ryan Malone of Tampa Bay (who the Caps were playing that night) says "He's the game's most dominant scorer, but to do that, especially on our ice, I took it as an insult. It's embarrassing. This isn't football."

He took it too far, especially when you're not on your home ice.  That should be something that you can celebrate with your fans, not your opponents. 

Vechie's a crowd-pleaser, as hockey fans know if they watch the skills portion of the All-Star game. 

Just take it down a notch, Alex.  You know you shouldn't be doing it if your own teammates don't join in on it. 

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