Alex Ovechkin: Diver?
In fact, many in the hockey world believe he is the true face of the NHL, and not rival Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby.
"Crosby's a diver," fans cry out.
"Ovechkin plays the game the right way," the masses say.
Of course, that doesn't brandish Ovechkin a saint. It also doesn't mean he's never guilty of embellishment, as we saw Monday night when the Capitals played the New York Rangers.
As noted by CSN Washington, Ovechkin was caught ... um ... trying to sell a rather innocent-looking check in the middle of the ice during a 2-1 shootout loss to the Rangers.
Ovechkin was assessed a two-minute minor for diving on the play.
This isn't meant as an indictment of Ovechkin, who is a great talent and a great ambassador for the game. Instead, hopefully it causes some who support Ovechkin "over" Crosby to simmer down a bit.
Yes, they both embellish. So does virtually every other player in the NHL. Now that there are cameras aimed at every top player whenever they are on the ice (and sometimes when they're not), it's much easier to catch a guy going head over heels to try to draw his team a two-minute man-power advantage.