Ovechkin, Semin Love Your Hate

Memo to fans who think their booing gets Alexander Ovechkin or Alexander Semin upset: it just doesn't work.

With the Capitals and Penguins meeting up Wednesday at the Igloo, one almost expected a tag-team cage match to break out with the Alexanders taking on Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Playing the role of the villains this night in Pittsburgh were the two Russians from Washington, and they certainly heard their share of boobirds throughout the game.

How did the pair react to the jeering?

After the Caps' optional skate Thursday, the D.C. Sports Bog relayed the Washington Post's beat writer Tarik El-Brashir interviewing Ovechkin, and asked him if he heard the boos.

Yup. Feel pretty good. Why it have to bother me? I like it.

This isn't so surprising, as a couple of years back Ovechkin deposited then-Sabres co-captain Danny Briere head-first into the boards during a game in Washington and became Public Enemy No. 1 in Western New York. In the team's next meeting in Buffalo, the crowd booed the star relentlessly, leading to this famous post-goal reaction.

A bit more surprising is the reaction from Semin, who's much more reserved than his countryman, but made waves earlier in the year with his quote to Slava Malamud of Sport Express about Sidney Crosby. Well, Malamud was back on the scene last night, and pulled this translated quote from Semin about the hostile reaction from the Pens fans.

It only gets me fired up. They are all yelling, the saliva is flying and it is amusing to watch.

Unfortunately for Penguins fans, they'll have to wait until at least the playoffs to get another shot at either of the Caps stars, since the last two meetings between the two teams will be in Washington. But, judging by the fact the pair combined for three goals and the Caps won their third straight game against the Pens in the Igloo, they probably are just as happy not to see them come back for a while.

Ovechkin, Semin Love Your Hate originally appeared on NHL Main on Thu, 15 Jan 2009 15:40:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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