Some NHL players make a healthy salary by taking stars off their game. Derek Dorsett is that kind of agitator, but the Columbus Blue Jackets forward said he pushed back more than usual against Alex Ovechkin last week because of a spitting incident.
“I haven’t told many people this but he spit in my face,” Dorsett told the Columbus Dispatch. “That got me a little more mad.”
According to the Dispatch, quoting Dorsett, the incident happened with 17:22 left in the second period on New Year’s Eve as he and the Washington Capitals’ captain jawed at each other and each went to the penalty box.
“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,” Dorsett told the Dispatch. “It’s classless. He’s supposed to be a role model for the game. It’s unbelievable.”
Ovechkin on Wednesday said he didn’t know what Dorsett was talking about and denied any spitting.
“No, no no, I don’t know,” Ovechkin said. “Show me that moment; I want to see it actually.”
Video is below, courtesy CSN Washington, and it’s very hard to tell what happened: