But Wednesday night – Rivalry Night! – on NBC Sports Network saw Milbury trash Ovechkin’s effort against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second intermission. Mom, Dad: Hide the kids.
Among the highlights:
• Ovechkin “failed” the superstar test “miserably” with “an awful display of hockey” and “should be ashamed of himself.
• “Eight year olds don’t do this in the offensive zone.”
• Ovechkin acted “like a baby” in trying to draw a penalty. “This is ridiculous embellishment. He should be embarrassed by this and so should his teammates. That is silly. Get up and act like a man, for god’s sake.”
• He doesn’t move enough on the wall.
• He doesn’t backcheck.
• And he had the nerve to go off on a line change during a Flyers’ goal.
• Milbury called his play "inacceptable" which ISN'T EVEN A WORD.
Wow. Really, the only thing missing was Milbury destroying an Ovechkin bobblehead with his shoe or wiping his backside with a No. 8 jersey live on the air ...
(We were waiting for Milbury to call Ovechkin a crackhead, but that's actually a term of endearment for him.)
Now, during that rant, you might have heard Milbury say something about playing games on consecutive nights, which Ovechkin did: Getting an assist against Carolina to follow up his 4-point day against New Jersey on Saturday. So maybe he’s a little gassed against Philly.
Or maybe he’s a miserable failure.
Or maybe two periods isn’t exactly enough of a sample size for this evisceration.
Or maybe Mike Milbury has been doing this for several years, and will do it again.