Karl Alzner has become something of an Internet star the last couple of days, but it's a notoriety the Washington Capitals defenseman wasn't shooting for.

One of the lasting images of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series was of Alzner wiping away imaginary tears in a mocking gesture toward Milan Lucic after a scrum that led to a double minor for the Bruins winger.

Alzner, a British Columbia boy who played with and against Lucic when they were kids, tried to clarify the gesture yesterday.

"I'm not actually calling him a baby," Alzner said after Capitals practice in advance of tonight's Game 4 at the Verizon Center. "We all know he's one of the toughest guys in the league. It was just that there was a lot of complaining about calls out there and there was nothing you can do about the calls once they're made. I think a lot of people took it the wrong way.