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New event to spice up the tired old NHL All-Star Skills competition: Russian Roulette, featuring Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin.
It wouldn't be complicated. Malkin would stand by the end boards. Ovechkin would race at him 100 mph and try to put him through the glass.
You know, just like in the real games.
This has to be the most bizarre ongoing feud insports. Every time the Penguins play the Washington Capitals, Ovechkin loses his mind. He locks in on Malkin about a half-dozen times and pretty much tries to break him in-half. It happened again in the teams' first meeting this season, Oct. 16 at Mellon Arena.
Weirder still: Nobody seems to know why it's happening.
One theory has it that something went awry in August of 2007 at a Moscow nightclub, where Ovechkin allegedly punched out Malkin's Russian agent, Gennady Ushakov.
Ovechkin has denied the story.
Two days ago, I asked Malkin -- who is no longer using a translator in interviews -- if Ovechkin punched Ushakov.
"Yes," he said. "Bad situation."
Might whatever have occurred that night be the reason for Ovechkin's obvious hostility?
"Maybe," Malkin said. "I don't know."
Malkin and Ovechkin were roommates with the Russian Olympic team in Turin, Italy, in 2006.
How'd that go?
"Good time, good friends, good talk," Malkin said. "Now, it's so-so."
If the NHL doesn't tell Ovechkin to cool it, the Penguins need to make it very clear, very early, that his behavior will no longer be tolerated. Something tells me Colby Armstrong, Jarkko Ruutu, Gary Roberts or Ryan Malone would have made that point Oct. 16. Maybe the Penguins' new guys weren't aware of just how cold this Cold War was.
They are now.
Everyone is, even if nobody seems to know why it started.
I cant wait to see the Pens play the Caps come playoff time.