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Great expectorations: Dorsett says Ovechkin spit at him

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 03: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals reacts between plays against the Calgary Flames at Verizon Center on January 3, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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If you’re wondering why Columbus’ Derek Dorsett was going after Alex Ovechkin with added vigor during their game on New Year’s Eve, now we understand why.

Dorsett tells Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers Blog that Ovechkin did a little more than trash talk him to get him fired up and get each other thrown in the penalty box. Instead, Dorsett says Ovechkin spit on him to light his fire.

“That’s why I was yelling at the ref so much and yelling at him in the penalty box,” Dorsett said. “I find that pretty disrespectful. That’s probably one of the most disrespectful things someone can do, especially a guy who is the best player in the league. It’s classless. He’s supposed to be a role model for the game. It’s unbelievable.”

Of course, Ovechkin denies the allegation to Katie Carrera of The Washington Post.

“No, no, no. I don’t know. Show me that moment, I want to see it. No.”

It’s a “he said-he said” matter right now, but Dorsett reacted frantically after the two came together for matching minor penalties as if something rotten happened. Is Ovechkin the sort of player to do this kind of thing in the heat of battle? Is any player capable of doing that?

Thanks to our friends at, here’s video of Dorsett and Ovechkin getting together with Dorsett blowing his top.