Ovechkin

Ovechkin

Talk about a manufactured soap opera that really has no impact on the actual game of hockey.

All the banter in Montreal this weekend that didn’t involve Vincent Lecavalier or the suspensions players were going to receive for skipping the 2009 NHL All-Star Game involved how Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin — both Russians and former Olympic roomates — would get along together on the Eastern Conference squad. Since the Turin games, the two had reportedly been on the outs.

As Corey Masisak in the Washington Times reports, Ovechkin, who’ll be on Causeway Street for a grudge match with the Boston Bruins Tuesday night, kissed and made up with Malkin over the weekend.

Of course, Ovechkin now has a tie to the Bruins, as he played on Boston center Marc Savard’s wing throughout the game Sunday night. Now the linemates can go back to being rivals. In the Washington Post, Tarik El-Bashir has all the details of Ovechkin’s game-winning shootout goal and his attempts to capture the All-Star Game MVP.