On Tuesday, RMNB reported that Alex Ovechkin and his wife Nastya Ovechkina were auctioning off a game-used stick to help raise the money needed for a Russian baby’s emergency surgery. The pair decided to help raise the funds needed for the two-month-old’s operation through a stick auction on Nastya’s Instagram, where the starting price was $300 USD.
That night, Ovechkin scored a historic goal. Ovechkin tallied his 19th career overtime goal, tying him with Jaromir Jagr for the most OT goals in NHL history. Nastya announced today that the auction for the OT stick, in combination with other fundraising sources, was successful in raising the money needed for the baby’s emergency operation in Denmark. The highest bid for the stick was 103,500 rubles (approximately $1,741.29 USD) from a bidder who wished to remain anonymous.
Thursday afternoon, the NHL announced that Evgeny Kuznetsov was fined $2,000 for his dive against the New Jersey Devils on December 29. As Kuznetsov skated up the ice, Beau Bennett pushed the Caps forward during a line change. Kuzy fell to the ice in an attempt to draw a penalty.
What may have further drawn the ire of the NHL was the fact that Kuznetsov dangerously swung the butt-end of his stick towards the Devils bench in the aftermath.
Tuesday night at Verizon Center, Alex Ovechkin gave the Capitals a thrilling 6-5 overtime win. He also accomplished some more history. The one-time goal, which was beautifully assisted by John Carlson, was Ovechkin’s 19th overtime tally of his career.
Not only is that a Caps’ franchise record, Ovechkin is now tied with with hockey fossil Jaromir Jagr for the most OT goals in NHL history.
Tuesday morning, Nastya Ovechkina announced a special opportunity to land her husband’s game-used stick from tonight’s game on Instagram. It benefits a great cause.
“Dear friends, we are starting an auction,” she wrote. “Alex’s signed game-used stick! The starting price is 300$. All the raised money will go to support a child, who needs an emergency surgery! Give your prices in the comments.”
January 1 in Toronto, the NHL hosted the Centennial Classic, an outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. The event kicked off the league’s centennial celebration (despite the league’s actual centennial season beginning next October).
Since then, the rest of the league has debuted centennial patches, which features the number 100 and a silver ribbon showing the years 1917 and 2017.
Sunday night, the Capitals revealed the placement of their new patches during their 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. The patch sits at an unusual place: under the jersey number on the right arm.
The Washington Capitals’ top prospect goaltender is rolling into the semi-finals of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.
19-year-old goaltender Ilya Samsonov posted his second straight shutout, making 14 saves in Russia’s 4-0 quarter-finals win over Denmark, Monday.
Samsonov had an easy time in goal, stopping mostly harmless shots from the perimeter. Russia scored two goals in the first period — including one from center ice — to defeat Denmark and advance to the semi-finals in Montreal on Wednesday against the United States.
After 12 games as a Washington Capital, Jakub Vrana has been reassigned to the Hershey Bears. Vrana had not seen ice since all the way back in 2016 — December 27, specifically.
He’ll be back.
The Carolina Hurricanes lost 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday, but one tiny gesture by the team’s head coach made the organization a winner at life.
With 7.6 seconds left in the third period, Bill Peters told the team’s 37-year-old equipment manager, Jorge Alves, to go in net to finish the game. As Alves manned the pipes and the seconds ticked away, he officially became an NHL player, fulfilling a life-long dream.
Thursday afternoon, Alex Ovechkin had an adventure getting to Verizon Center. After his home had a power outage, Ovechkin could not get his electric-powered gate to open, trapping him on his own property. It got to the point where Ovechkin had to climb a ladder, jump the fence, and get driven by Evgeny Kuznetsov to make the game on time.
Thursday evening, former Capitals teammate Brooks Laich saw Ovechkin’s video and had some great advice for the Russian machine.
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