Ovechkin is a Spy?

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IApril 20, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 18: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals looks up after missing a third period shot against the New York Rangers during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 18, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Rangers defeated the Capitals 1-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are much in need of a victory if they wish to keep their Stanley Cup dreams alive.

They must win, at any cost.

That being said, Alexander Ovechkin was asked to leave the area when trainers from the New York Rangers spotted Ovie in the audience. He had no pen, no paper and it is possible, no bad intentions for being there while New York practiced.

He simply loves hockey and being on or around the ice.

Nate Ewell, the Capitals' PR director, asked Ovechkin to leave when they complained, but had this to say about Alex: "Alex was just looking for a place to relax. He likes being by the ice. As soon as he found out it made the Rangers uncomfortable, he left."

So did Ovechkin take offense to it? When asked, he joked around about it. "Because they're afraid of me," Ovechkin said. He added he sat there to "tick off" New York coach John Tortorella.

When asked about it, Tortorella had no idea Ovechkin was present and did not seem to care one bit. His focus was on the game preparations only.