NBC Sports NHL commentator Mike Milbury has once again voiced his strong opinion, and this time his target is Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin.
As the commentators were looking back at the first two periods of the Philadelphia Flyers' 4-1 victory over Washington on Wednesday, Milbury was extremely critical of the Capitals star. Noting multiple instances of lazy plays, Milbury called Ovechkin's performance an "awful display of hockey" and said he should be "ashamed of himself."
While that would be noteworthy in and of itself, Milbury was not done—not even close. He called Ovechkin a "baby" and compared him to an eight-year-old hockey player at different points in a minute-plus-long rant.
The folks at Merriam-Webster may also want to consider adding Milbury's new word "inacceptable," which one can only assume is an amalgam of unacceptable and inexcusable.
This isn't the first time Milbury has called out the Capitals star, either. Milbury was extremely critical of Ovechkin's hit last season on Dan Girardi and has never been the Russian's biggest fan as a player.
To be fair, Milbury is not the first commentator to make these types of claims about Ovechkin. The Capitals star has come under scorn in recent years for not living up to his potential. The 27-year-old Russian was benched during last season's Stanley Cup playoffs for poor performance and refusal to put his body on the line defensively.
In this lockout-shortened season, Ovechkin's play has remained inconsistent. He scored four points in Saturday's victory over the New Jersey Devils, but that came after a three-game points-less stretch that frustrated many in the nation's capital.
With his trashing of Ovechkin on Wednesday, Milbury may well have been saying what's been on the minds of Capitals fans for the better part of two years now.
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