Ovechkin vs. Chara: Are you in?

Ovechkin vs. Chara: Are you in?
October 9, 2012, 6:45 pm
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Alex Ovechkin and Zdeno Chara are going head-to-head today for the firsttime since Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals when theCapitals upset the Bruins on an overtime goal by Joel Ward.Are you willing to watch the rematch?Ovechkin and Dynamo Moscow are facing off against Chara and Lev in a gamebroadcast live at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. The game will be re-broadcast again at 8 p.m.If you didn't catch it live we won't give you the final score Ovechkin was setting up on the left point on the power play, a movecriticized by ESPN analyst Barry Melrose. Melrose saidOvechkin is a defensive liability at the point and should be positioned alongthe left half wall, where he can blast away one-timers from Nicklas Backstrom.
Over the summer Capitals coach Adam Oates indicated he would also useOvechkin at the left point if and when the NHL season resumes and Ovechkin returnsto the Capitals.Ovechkin stirred up quite a debate when he said he would consider staying inRussiaif it meant taking a significant cut in his NHL pay. Flyers goaltender IlyaBryzgalov echoed those sentiments in a recent interview.Now playing for CSKA Moscow, Bryzgalov is in a similar position as Ovechkin.He has nine years and 51 million remaining on his contract. Ovechkin has nineyears and 88 million remaining on his deal with the Caps. I think some of the players may not return to the NHL because you haveeverything here and major companies are going to pay the top players here bigmoney, Bryzgalov said. And, especially for Russians players who can play at home in front of theirown fans and families and earn even bigger money than they have in theNational Hockey League.The KHL can't feed all the players, but for some big players - especiallythose with Russian passports - it might be a threat.