Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derek Dorsett claims that Alex Ovechkin spit in his face during the club's 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on New Year’s Eve.
“I haven’t told many people this but he spit in my face,” Dorsett told Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch. “That got me a little more mad.”
"That’s why I was yelling at the ref so much and yelling at him in the penalty box,” Dorsett told the Dispatch. “I find that pretty disrespectful. That’s probably one of the most disrespectful things someone can do, especially a guy who is the best player in the league. It’s classless. He’s supposed to be a role model for the game. It’s unbelievable.”
The two had several shoving matches during the game stemming from an accidental collision when the Ovechkin and Dorsett were both leaving the ice after a shift. Ovechkin scored two goals in the Capitals come from behind win.