Photo: Mike Green at the Baltimore Ravens Game

Photo via longtime reader Elyssa K!

Mike Green has gone to lots of Washington Redskins games, usually distinguishing himself by being the most fashion-forward in groups including Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. But with Backstrom examining overseas lockout offers and Ovechkin playing for the KHL’s Dynamo Moscow, Green celebrated the last day of his birthday weekend at a Baltimore Ravens game with 9:30 Club owner and local legend Seth Hurwitz. The Ravens narrowly defeated the Redskins’ biggest rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, 31-29, with the Hand of God pushing Dan Bailey’s game-winning kick wide-left.

[Editor's Note: How about some free tix to the Nada Surf show? That's a free plug, and Ian's got a birthday to celebrate too!]

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It appears as if Dynamo Moscow is unbeatable with Alex Ovechkin in their line-up. The defending champions won their seventh straight game Saturday, defeating Metallurg Novokuznetsk 3-2 in front of a hometown crowd of 6469, including Ovi’s mom Tatyana and his girlfriend Maria Kirilenko.

Ovechkin tallied his 10th point of the season, receiving a secondary assist on Yury Babenko’s powerplay goal.

Video is below.

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“Shush! Cheering for me is beneath you.”

Caps prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov has been among the KHL’s leading scorers all season, and in Traktor Chelyabinsk’s 4-2 victory over Atlant Moscow on Saturday the 20-year-old scored one of his most beautiful goals yet.

Kuznetsov gains possession of the puck at center ice in the second period, then uses his speed to curl around Atlant players and beat goaltender Nikita Davydov stick-side. To celebrate his sixth goal and 15th point of the year, Kuznetsov puts one finger to his mouth to encourage his hometown crowd to be quiet. [Editor's note: Bring back the push-ups, Kuzya.]

Video of the goal — which kind of reminds me of this Ovechkin tally — is below. You have to see this.

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BABY ALERT: Troy and Carmen Brouwer Expecting First Child

Troy Brouwer dogs

Everything has been going Capitals forward Troy Brouwer‘s way lately. Last month, Brouwer signed an $11 million contract extension to keep him in DC for the next three years. Then, Knuble’s Knights revealed that they would be devoting their energy towards the winger as the Brouwer Rangers. I’m sure Troy — like every other Capitals fan out there — can’t wait to see their new spandex suits.

Well things are about to get even better. CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers is reporting that Brouwer’s beautiful wife Carmen is expecting the couple’s first child any day now.

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From Brooks Laich’s Facebook fan page.

On October 9th, 2012, we all learned a valuable lesson: Everybody has a bad day once in awhile, even a perfect human being like Brooks Laich.

In the Kloten Flyers’ 4-3 loss to Tyler Seguin‘s EHC Biel, Laich had one of his worse games as a pro. He garnered 16 penalty minutes — including a misconduct for checking Eric Beaudoin in the head — and oh yeah, he scored on his own team.

Video below.

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That guy in the middle of the scrum with his back to the net is Ovechkin scoring.

Over the last few games, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been on fire. He has two goals and three assists in his last three matches. He’s also beginning to score with ease.

In front of a record KHL crowd of 16,317 (and Michal Neuvirth) at O2 Arena on Tuesday, Ovechkin ramped up the degree of difficulty on his tallies and scored a sick game-winning goal in Dynamo Moscow’s 1-0 win over Zdeno Chara’s HC Lev Praha. The Russian machine also had four shots on goal in 18:40 of ice time.

Now let’s see this goal.

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“Watching Ovie in Prague!” (Photo credit: @mneuvirth30)

Dynamo Moscow traveled to Prague Tuesday to take on HC Lev Praha and if Alex Ovechkin took a peak at the crowd near his defending goal, he would see a familiar face. Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who’s currently playing for Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga league, got tickets for the game to cheer Ovi on.

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For Caps prospect Chandler Stephenson, it’s easy to be overlooked. The Capitals made two selections in the first round before selecting him, so Stephenson may not be on every Caps fans’ radar. But the third round pick can play. He was the fifth overall pick by Regina in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, he was invited to Canada’s Under-18 2011 selection camp with Tom Wilson, and he was Regina’s fourth best scorer last season. For those who went to Development Camp, you’ll recall Stephenson dropped the mitts with Max Iafrate after a few questionable hits by the latter.

On Friday night, Stephenson scored his first goal of the WHL regular season, and it was a big one. With 15.4 seconds left in the regulation against the Red Deer Rebels, the Saskatoon-born forward was first to a rebound and put the puck past the Rebels’ goalie Bolton Pouliot. It would stand up as the game-winner.

Video is below. (Warning: homers yelling.)

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“I bowl strike!!” (GIF created by welshhockeyfan)

Ovechkin skates up ice.

Coming into Sunday’s away game with Slovan Bratislava, Alex Ovechkin had six points in six KHL games. Despite playing in five fewer matches than everyone else, Ovechkin was gaining ground on the league’s point leaders (82nd overall).

In Dynamo Moscow’s 3-2 victory Sunday, Ovi tied his Dynamo teammates Denis Kokarev and Dominik Granak for the team lead in points, tallying a goal, an assist, and three shots on goal in 16:22 of ice time against Slovan. The defending champions have now won 6 out of their last 7 games with the Capitals captain in their line-up.

Now let’s see that goal.

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We all remember last summer’s extinction-level crisis known as Fat-Gatebut if we think back hard enough, there were some good moments too. Like the time when Alex Ovechkin signed on to be the new spokesman for Cadbury’s Mr. Big Bar.

In a series of wacky commercials, the Russian machine demystified the legend that is Alexander Mikhaylovich Ovechkin and showed us all how to “Be big deal like me!” As part of a contest, Ovechkin made the impossible possible and suffered through a dinner with common folk. Aw, look how happy those two are.

Good news, you guys. Mr. Big Bar announced Thursday on their Facebook page that the contest lives on. This year, one lucky winner will have a chance to meet The Great Eight in one of these four cities: New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Chicago. All you need to do to enter is like Mr. Big’s fan page (like ours too while you’re at it) and then enter the UPC of a Mr. Big Bar here. The contest page looks like this:

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