Derek Dorsett is an agitator for the Columbus Blue Jackets, and a good one. But against the Washington Capitals on New Year's Eve, it was Alex Ovechkin that got under his skin — with, according to Dorsett, saliva on his face.
From the Columbus Dispatch, when asked why he was so physical and preoccupied by Ovechkin:
"I haven't told many people this but he spit in my face," Dorsett said. "That got me a little more mad."
Dorsett said Ovechkin spit on him when they were face-to-face during a fracas in which both were given 2-minute minors (cross-checking for Dorsett, roughing for Ovechkin) at 2:38 of the second period.
"That's why I was yelling at the ref so much and yelling at him in the penalty box," Dorsett said. "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...