cold as ice.
ESPN:Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are two of the world's best hockey players, fellow Russians who became millionaires by their early 20s, former Olympic team roommates and the NHL's top two scorers last season. The feud between Evgeni Malkin, left, and Alex Ovechkin is causing some anxiety for Russian Olympic hockey officials. But the one-time friends have become cold-as-ice rivals, and their on-ice feud has grown increasingly nasty.
The ugliness has moved off the ice, too, with Ovechkin reportedly taking a swing at Malkin's agent in Moscow.
"Ovechkin is a great player, but every time he hits me -- I don't know why," Malkin said.
Ovechkin's defended his play by saying that he hits hard against every opponent, although he does not have a reputation among his fellow NHL players for regularly throwing his body around.
The feud is reportedly causing some anxiety for Russian Olympic hockey officials.