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We just found out what was in that Brinks truck. The Washington Capitals presented Alex Ovechkin with a gold stick before Thursday’s game against the Canucks to celebrate his 500th goal.

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, president Dick Patrick, and general manager Brian MacLellan joined Ovechkin, Ovechkin’s parents Mikhail and Tatyana, and Ovechkin’s fiancé Nastya Shubskaya on the ice. The team began the ceremony by showing a video on the jumbotron with a litany of NHL legends congratulating Ovechkin on the feat. It was capped off by Wayne Gretzky. “You’ve brought a lot of joy to a lot of people around the world,” The Great One said.

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The Capitals, and now their AHL affiliate, are hoarding Cup-winning centers.

Thursday morning, the Hershey Bears announced that they signed two-time Stanley Cup Champion Scott Gomez to a professional tryout. The 36-year-old center had played 21 games for the Blues this season before being put on unconditional waivers December 30. Gomez, who was averaging 11 minutes of ice time, had one goal and seven assists.

According to Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, Gomez’s release was necessitated because the team got healthy.

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I was recently pointed to a Tumblr post containing an essential page from the Caps 2014-15 program. It’s three of Tom Wilson’s teammates, Michael Latta, Jason Chimera, and Joel Ward, competing to see who knows the Capitals winger best. This is shocking, I know, but Wilson’s roommate Michael Latta won.

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Tom Green To Do “Unleash the Fury” Live This Weekend

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Comedian Tom Green will be in town this weekend for a pair of shows at the Arlington Drafthouse. By way of Elliot in the Morning, we hear Green will also attend a Caps game, either Thursday’s game against the Canucks or maybe Sunday’s date with the Rangers, to perform his “unleash the fury” cheer live.

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You’re going to want to get to Verizon Center on time for the Caps-Canucks game Thursday night. The Capitals will be holding a pre-game ceremony at 7pm honoring Alex Ovechkin and his 500th career goal. Ovechkin’s parents, Mikhail and Tatyana, and fiancé Nastya Shubskaya will join the Russian machine on the ice. The team will be presenting him a “special gift.”

My guess is that they’re giving him 501 Powerball tickets.

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On Sunday, Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th career goal, becoming the 43rd player in NHL history to accomplish the feat. I said on Monday night after our 11th article relating to the goal, and I will say it again during our 12th: there were so many tiny, wonderful moments contained inside that one, we’re still sorting through them all.

Over the offseason, three-time Stanley Cup champion and man nicknamed Mr. Game Seven, Justin Williams, said that he signed with the Capitals because his son Jaxon thought Alex Ovechkin was “the best.”

While Williams didn’t assist on the tally, he was on the ice when Ovechkin scored. And just like he has been all throughout his career, Williams was calm under fire, remembering to pick up the milestone puck before joining in on the team’s celebration.

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Alex Ovechkin Bought Powerball Tickets

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Before Alex Ovechkin hit the the jackpot on the ice Sunday, he traveled to a McLean, Virginia, 7-11 to hit the jackpot off of it. Via RMNB reader @spooner_amanda, WUSA9 reported that Ovechkin bought Powerball tickets on Saturday to try and win its $800 million prize.

Ovi didn’t win, but if he enters again, he will try for an estimated $1.4 billion jackpot Wednesday. It’s the largest prize in US lottery history. The odds of winning are 1 in 292.2 million.

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Alex Ovechkin’s 500th goal on Sunday was arguably one of the bigger moments in Washington sports history. And there were so many tiny, wonderful moments contained inside that one, we’re still sorting through them all.

Such as we learned that there is apparently no end to Braden Holtby‘s other-worldly talents. Not only is he currently 19-0-2 in his past 22 games, but he’s also an accomplished jumper. As Ovechkin scored, Holtby managed to jump (in all of his equipment) higher than the entire home bench, before racing onto the ice to celebrate the milestone goal with their captain.

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Alex Ovechkin Named NHL’s First Star of the Week

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It’s Monday, which means it’s time for the NHL’s Stars of the Week. Braden Holtby, the best goalie in the league, is normally honored with these things. Not this week. Instead, the honor goes to Alex Ovechkin, who on was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week after scoring his 498th, 499th, 500th, and 501st goals in just over 24 hours. Ovechkin has done all of this in a league where scoring continues to go down. He now leads the league with 26 goals. It’s amazing.

“To get 500 in this league with how everybody playing, the goalies, it’s pretty cool,” Ovechkin said after the game Sunday.

Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek and Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie were the runners-up.

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Alex Ovechkin Poses With Milestone 500 Goal Puck (Photos)

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One inch thick, three inches wide, and 501 of them in the back of the net since Alex Ovechkin first laced up. The Caps shared the above photo of Ovechkin posing with his milestone 500th goal puck after his historic two-goal game against the Ottawa Senators.

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