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Pens' Maxime Talbot Blasts Alex Ovechkin

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Penguins center Maxime Talbot had a few choice words for Washington Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin last night during a radio interview on 105.9 The X.

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As per TSN, Talbot eloquently said:

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...Talbot said that Ovechkin was a "real (expletive deleted)" and continued to stir the pot with more statements of how much he dislikes the two-time Hart Trophy winner.

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"I just hate the guy," Talbot told The X on Tuesday. "I can't lie. Sorry. Even more so for a guy like Ovechkin. Like, seriously, okay... yeah. I don't like him.

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A few other choice words from Talbot:

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"The first time I met him, actually, when I met him off the ice," Talbot told The X. "You hear a lot of stories about a guy, but sometimes they're not true. You hear of guys who are not good guys, and you're like, 'Yeah, okay, I'll give the guy a shot.' The first time I met him, let's say he didn't give the best impression to me, so better reason to hate him even more."

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...and the next time they met...

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"I was actually at the NHL Awards last summer with (Evgeni) Malkin, and we brought the Stanley Cup over there after the season," Talbot told The X. "Malkin knew Ovechkin, and introduced me to him, and the first impression wasn't great. I'm not really gonna say what happened, but I'm like, 'Ok, this guy is a real (expletive deleted).' "

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This just adds further fuel to the fire of the developing feud between the Penguins and Capitals, a feud developed more between players than actual, historic dislike. Though the Pens have frequently met with the Caps in the regular season and playoffs over the last twenty years, most encounters between the team never escalated to the level of the natural hatred that developed between the Penguins and Flyers, or near their rivalry with the New Jersey Devils.

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But with naturally opposing forces like Crosby and Ovechkin populating the opposing rosters, and the teams maturing into juggernauts at a similar time, the rivalry has escalated quickly in recent years.

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Talbot's words will simply stoke the rising flames of this budding rivalry (and significantly increase his cult status in Pittsburgh).

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