Gordie Howe was in attendance at the Wachovia Center on Tuesday as the the Flyers hosted the Washington Capitals. Naturally, everyone wanted to know what Howe thought about the Caps sensational superstar Alex Ovechkin.
"His strength, and he moves so well," Howe told NHL.com. "He doesn't mind taking a whack to get a shot. Sometimes there's guys that don't like that, they just dump it in. He can absorb a pretty good check to get a shot on net. Any guy that does that for a team is a pretty good man."
"If he got any better he'd be scary," he added.
Howe also liked the way Ovechkin met with Howe.
"There's 18 guys sitting down and he's the only one who jumped up to shake my hand," Howe said. "He shows respect for the older players."
You can bet another Detroit Red Wings great was closely watching the Caps-Flyers game too, with his eyes squarely on Ovechkin and the Flyers Chris Pronger. Steve Yzerman, general manager of the Canadian Olympic team, was closely watching the superstar matchup, as in many ways this game was an Olympic audition for Chris Pronger. Full Story