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“[Backstrom] stopped and [Green] stopped, so I just had to do it myself,” Ovechkin said.

Green told reporters he knew the celebration was coming but decided against being a party to it.

“He wanted me to join in, but there was no way I was joining in on that,” he said. “I just kind of stood back and let him do what he does. I think it is great.”

It wasn’t great, and Boudreau knew it. He said he spoke to Ovechkin about it Friday morning. I doubt we will see anything like this from Ovechkin again.

What is great is the exuberance and joy that has defined Ovechkin’s personality on and off the ice, something that comes from the heart - not from Don Cherry’s mouth.