Monday night, former Capitals Sergei Fedorov and Phil Housley were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Though the two legends only played a combined 211 games in Washington, they both played important roles on the team.
In worlds-I-never-thought-would-cross news, former WWE world champion, dude I watched rassle during my childhood, and certified crazy person, The Iron Sheik, tweeted about Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin over the weekend.
On Saturday, the Capitals were on Hockey Night In Canada with the Toronto Maple Leafs in town. Rogers Communications, who have a 12-year, $5.2 billion agreement with the NHL, showed off their flashy production value all night. Example: when the Sportsnet crew focused their cameras on Alex Ovechkin coming out for warm-ups.
“I don’t know if it was the manufacturing or what, but it just made for a really good stick,” Green said then. “Over the years, maybe they changed the technology or the balance and it’s just not the same. For me, these are perfect.”
Green has continued to use the bright blue relic in Detroit. On Monday, Green’s former teammate, Alex Ovechkin, promised to give the stick the respect it deserves.
Former Capitals defenseman Mike Green returned to Detroit’s line-up on Sunday afternoon after missing six games with a shoulder injury. Green was featured all over NHL social media after he handed a puck to a tiny Red Wings fan during warm-ups.
The NHL has a conundrum on their hands. This season, NHL coaches were given the right to challenge a referee’s call on the ice to try and eliminate controversial goals. The intent was to fortify the integrity of the game. Instead the opposite is happening.
The Capitals would not be denied two points Saturday night. Minutes after Alex Ovechkin’s game-tying goal was washed out due to a questionable goalie interference ruling, Nicklas Backstrom scored literally in the game’s final second to force overtime against the Leafs.
Alex Ovechkin just scored his first power play goal and his eighth overall of the season (Peter called it). The goal was also Ovechkin’s 483rd of his career, which ties Sergei Fedorov for the most NHL goals by a Russian all-time.