Alex Ovechkin’s Tribute to Dynamo Moscow

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Early Sunday morning DC time (2 AM), Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin instagrammed a photo. The Russian machine stood in front of some sort of Dynamo Moscow shrine (I assume in his mansion), smiled, and held up his finger. He wrote:

с Днем рожДения, роДное Динамо!!!я очень горД что я Динамовец!….Люблю..Горжусь…я очень горжусь что вся моя семья Динамовцы!!!!

I had no idea what that said, so I asked Igor and Fedor. This is how it translates.

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On Friday night, we hosted a private party at a bowling alley in Frederick, Maryland, to say thank you to all the readers who donated to help make RMNB last. We raised nearly $26,000, which is going to go a long way towards helping us do some special projects and improve in general.

But let’s talk about the party. It was a frigging blast and that’s not just because I got gifts for my 30th birthday (thanks, Sarah!). Around 80 of you drove up to our hood and bowled while the Terrace Lanes’ crew blasted unspeakably bad 90s music over the loud speakers. There was lots of drinking (a tenet of a good party), a lot of bad dancing (another tenet of a good party), and some unintentionally synchronized outfits.

We originally planned to end the party at 11:30 PM, but reader Charles just was like eff that, and extended everyone’s lanes until 12:30 AM.

That’s just the type of readers we have.

Amanda Bowen did us a solid and photographed the first hour of the party. Check those out, and please if you have any photos of your own, share them in the comments below.

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Over his illustrious career, Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green has often put himself in a vulnerable position on the ice; hence his history of injury. On Saturday night, Green left the game in the third period after suffering what the Caps PR called an upper-body injury.

Green likely got injured in the first period, after putting his head down in neutral and absorbing a hip check by 6’4″ defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.

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Early in the first period, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin loaded-up for a gigantic hit on Tyler Ennis at center ice. Unfortunately for the Russian machine, center Nicklas Backstrom was defending Ennis too, which allowed Ovechkin to merely deliver a glancing blow to the Sabres forward.

With all that momentum, something had to absorb the Russianness. That something ended up being the side boards. Without any glass, Ovechkin flipped heels-over-head. He was lucky to grab ahold of the dasher boards before doing a complete 360.

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Hockey is a game of inches and bad bounces. Sometimes it’s the littlest and strangest things that lead to goals. In the third period on Thursday, Tom Wilson indirectly helped make Alex Ovechkin‘s highlight-reel game-winning goal happen, and dude wasn’t even on the ice.

With 6:18 left in the game, Wilson delivered what I can only call a jockstrap-jostling hit (I just made that up) to Dennis Everberg in the offensive zone. A few seconds later, the game clock was stopped when the puck was played with a high stick.

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ESPN is allergic to hockey, but on Thursday night Alex Ovechkin‘s big goal in Colorado was strong enough to justify keeping an EpiPen and some Benadryl at hand in Bristol.

John Buccigross narrated Ovechkin’s game-winner as SportsCenter’s top highlight of the night.

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Alex Ovechkin stepped into the offensive zone alone.

The game tied, both teams down a man, the Russian machine faced three Colorado players.

Solo, he deked and moved past all three. He put a backhanded shot on net.

A miss, but no matter. The boards at Pepsi Center were alive; the puck returned to Ovi.

Avs goalie Reto Berra was out of position; this was Ovi’s moment.  He tucked the puck over the goal line with a killer’s calm.

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During every offensive zone faceoff for which Alex Ovechkin is on the ice, the Capitals try a set play. The center wants to win and get the puck back to the Russian machine. It’s resulted in a lot of goals for Ovechkin over the years, but tonight it ended up with Alex Tanguay having a bloody face.

Tanguay actually managed to get a stick on Ovechkin’s shot from the left circle, causing the puck to ramp up and hit him directly in the face.

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Thursday night at Pepsi Center, the Colorado Avalanche honored Peter Forsberg for his recent induction to the Hall of Fame. At the 8-minute mark, CSN Washington came back from break to capture the entire Caps bench rising to its feet and slapping their sticks against the boards in an awesome salute.

Forsberg was joined by Nicole Nordin, their young son Lennox, and daughter Lily in the luxury suites.

Such a great moment.

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