Penguins-Capitals: Alex Ovechkin Cements MVP Status in Game Two

Lizz RobbinsContributor IMay 5, 2009

WASHINGTON - MAY 04:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates being named the first star of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 4, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington,  DC.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

Congratulations to the NBA MVP, LeBron James, on an honor well deserved.


While there was some debate over whether or not King James was the MVP, there is no debating who should be the NHL MVP. Washington Capitals LW Alexander Ovechkin lived up to the hype in Game Two in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Ovechkin led the Capitals, who are the only team in the playoffs to be 2-0 in the second round thus far, to a convincing win. I won't go too deep into the stats; you can get those anywhere.


I was at the game, and the atmosphere was bananas. Getting to my seat was like walking through the Red Sea. I saw everything from red and blue Mohawks to a lip piercing with a Caps charm hanging off of it.


The first period was kind of a sleeper, unless you were among the 10 to 20 Penguins' fans at the Verizon Center.  


The game picked up in the second period as Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby went goal for goal. After Dave Steckel scored a goal towards the end of the second period, I knew the Caps had it in the bag. 


Can you say defense? Last time I saw defense played like this, I was listening to the "Super Bowl Shuffle."


I know I said I was done with stats, but two hat tricks in one game?=

Naturally, when Ovechkin got his hat trick, the hats flew; it took the ice crew at least 20 minutes to clean up all the hats


I lost one hat and almost lost my head to the fan sitting behind me giving his best impersonation of King Henry the VIII.  


I would love to know who the one person was that threw their hat on the ice after Crosby’s hat trick. Yes, you read that right—one person.


Probably the most interesting thing of the night for me was when this guy offered me and my friend Mandy a stack of oatmeal cookies from his raw hand. If you all haven’t heard about this little thing called the swine flu, I don’t think anyone is taking any food without gloves.  


Nothing beat the action on the ice...except the action off the ice. There was not one fight during the game between the teams, but quite a few after the game. It wasn't quite Pacquiao vs. Hatton, but interesting to say the least.


I’m thinking to myself, what is the purpose of you guys fighting? Do you know what some of the players from the Caps and Penguins are doing now? Probably grabbing a bite to eat.


I’m all about being enthusiastic about my team, but it’s definitely not worth losing a tooth over, unless I have a $100 million contract. Then I could just buy a whole new set.


Nonetheless, I had an amazing time and can’t wait for Game Three. Caps' fans have been waiting for a long time since the days of Peter Bondra for hockey to be exciting again, and that time has arrived.