The Washington Times - April 18, 2012, 10:37PM

Karl Alzner making a crybaby gesture in Milan Lucic’s direction in the third period of Game 3 Monday seemed out of character for him. The young Washington Capitals defenseman didn’t expect it to hit Deadspin.

“I think a lot of people took it the wrong way. Things happen in playoffs that sometimes you go a little too far,” Alzner said. “It’s just funny that it got caught on camera and everything. It was more than it was meant to be. Guys get intense and heated and I’m sure he understands.”

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After the game, Lucic responded.

“I don’t even know what to say on my side to show I’m not a crybaby,” he said. “That’s coming a lot from a guy who I think has two roughing penalties in three years.”

Alzner laughed at that Wednesday and took the opportunity to clarify what happened.

“He uses that against me all the time. He’s exactly right,” Alzner said. “This is a good time to explain; my actions weren’t calling him a baby. We all know he’s one of the toughest guys in the league. It was more just a lot of guys complaining about calls out there, and there’s nothing we can do about the calls once they’re made.”

There were some words to go along with the gesture, but nothing about Lucic being a crybaby.

“The words were just, ‘Stop complaining.’ That’s all it was,” Alzner said.” Just stop complaining about the calls because it happened for both of us. You do your best not to complain, but you get frustrated.”

Alzner and Lucic played a little bit of pee-wee hockey together and have a cordial relationship.

“That just goes to show you there’s no friends in playoffs,” Alzner said.

In early March when Lucic popped Alzner after the whistle, the Caps defenseman jokingly tweeted that he would beat the big Bruins forward in a fight.

“It’s funny because I made a comment on Twitter a while ago about saying if we fought, I’d obviously win, haha. Haha being the sarcasm,” Alzner said. “But I think a lot of people didn’t understand that. It’s funny the way it gets spinned out. But, exactly, he would not be a guy that I would fight.”

And the last guy Alzner would call a crybaby.

“Oh yeah. He’s got to be top-10 toughest guys, pound for pound, in the league,” he said. “Everybody knows that.”