All the media members buzzed quietly when Alexander Ovechkin came out to watch the Rangers’ morning skate. This, several veterans said, was slightly unusual. Then they buzzed again, when Ovechkin was tapped on the shoulder by a Rangers PR staffer and abruptly left.
Turns out Rangers boss John Tortorella had apparently asked Ovechkin to vacate the bench. The Caps PR folks offered Ovie a seat in the stands instead. He declined.
Playoff hockey is fun for all.