Alex Ovechkin is the first player to hit 50 goals in five seasons in a couple decades. His powerplay goal (naturally) in the first period of Tuesday’s game against St Louis introduced Ovechkin to the company of eleven storied scorers– including names like Gretzky, Lemieux, and Bossy.
Number fifty was nifty– a quintessential Ovi shot from the Ovi spot, clanging off the crossbar on its way home. Ryan Miller didn’t stand a chance.
This is just about the best photo ever. (Photo: Rob Carr)
Eight games into his NHL career (which feels absolutely appropriate), Evgeny Kuznetsov has scored the first goal of his NHL career. It was a big one.
With under a minute to go and with the Caps shorthanded and with their goalie pulled, Kuznetsov whacked Alex Ovechkin‘s rebound past Jonathan Quick. That goal tied the Los Angeles Kings and Washington Capitals at 4. It unleashed a raucous celebration in Verizon Center. And it gave the Caps one very badly needing standings point. Call it clutch.
Kuznetsov now has six points in his eight games as an NHL player. I don’t know about you, but so far he looks to me like he has the potential to be a superstar in this league. This dirty goal was just a taste.
Now onto the media extravaganza!
Happy hump day, humans. I was on Ball Hogs Radio last night. I joined the dudes to revisit the mess that was Olympic hockey, talk about Ryan Miller and what moves GMPH would make, take a stab at the team’s chances to make the postseason, and a whole of other stuff that made me look like Oscar the Grouch. It was a lot of fun anyway.
Thanks to Adam and the guys for having me on!
I was a guest on the well done Break the Ice podcast on Monday night. For darn near two hours, I talked with Demick about every topic under the sun: the hidden magic of Baltimore, the worst fans in the league, the wonderful women of Pittsburgh, the worst liquor in the world, the best and worst announcers in the country, Pauly D and the hidden downfall of the Caps, RMNB’s social media strategy with Pinterest, the HFStival, and more. We also talked about hockey for a moment or two.
If you need a hockey fix between this morning’s games, here’s a good way to fill the hours.
Ian and I got together on Tuesday night to talk about the Olympic mens “ice hockey” tournament (which starts at noon!), who gets credit for Alex Ovechkin’s evolution as a player, and Flappy Bird.
Plus: Ian pronounces words wrong.
This is our first stab at podcasting. If you like it, let us know or help spread the word. If you have any thoughts, let us know in the comments below. Thanks!
Saturday Update: NHL scoring officials have credited Joel Ward with the goal.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had himself a pretty ordinary game against the Detroit Red Wings Friday. Well, that is until the 60th minute of play. That’s when Ovi summoned the combined powers of Hercules, Paul Bunyan, and one of those unscrewable pickle jar lids and used it to tie the game with seven seconds left to go in regulation.
As John Carlson laid a perfect pass into Ovechkin’s wheelhouse, the Russian machine wound up and fired from the point. His one-timer beat Jimmy Howard stick side. Yeaaaaaa, BOI!
Photo: Marc DesRosiers
The Capitals absorbed two tough losses in the past two days. Alex Ovechkin, in the middle of his longest goal drought of season, seems frustrated. He took it out on the referees after Monday’s contest in Ottawa, which Washington lost 3-1.
“To be honest with you, tonight I think both teams play well, but four guys out there didn’t do their job,” he told reporters, indicating the officiating staff of Brad Meier, Jean Hebert, Mark Wheler, and Pierre Racicot. “I think the guys celebrate New Year’s too early right before the game.”
“It was embarrassing to see,” Ovechkin added.
Photo credit: Geoff Burke
Tell me if you’ve heard this before. In the final minute of the Washington Capitals game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Alex Ovechkin tied the game with less than a minute to go, sending the Verizon Center into a frenzy.
The Capitals, down 4-1 to the Flyers in the third period, scored three unanswered goals in the game’s final 8:40 to push the game to overtime. The Caps eventually won in the shootout.
Photo credit: Chris Gordon
I can’t get over Alex Ovechkin‘s four-goal game on Tuesday, so I took John Walton’s radio call and turned it into a ringtone. (iOS devices only, sorry.)
To put it on your iPhone/iOS device, first connect the device to iTunes. Drag the file on top of the device in the panel at left. That will send the file to the device. You’ll be able to find it under Settings / Sounds / Ringtone and Text Tone. Enjoy!
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