Washington • About two hours before the opening faceoff, Alex Ovechkin asked for more respect from the refs. His day went downhill from there.
The two-time league MVP was directly responsible for three of the New York Rangers' goals, including a pair after a rare sequence in which he was cited for two penalties within seconds of each other without a stoppage in play. Derek Stepan, Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan took advantage of Ovechkin's miscues Sunday to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals.
Ovechkin took issue with an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty called against teammate Mike Ribeiro in a loss to the Islanders on Saturday. "Some refs don't like some personalities on our team" and are too quick to call a penalty when they hear a complaint, he said Sunday.