Since entering the league in 2005, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby have been rivals on the ice and talked trash towards each other off of it.
While the rift between the two players has always been overblown, Ovechkin and Crosby have played rough against each other during games. The Russian machine has referred to Crosby’s franchise as “Shitsburgh” while Crosby has complained about the amount of lids thrown on the ice after an Ovechkin hat trick. Crosby did not salute Ovechkin after his 1,000th career point.
That’s why the 2017 All-Star Weekend has been so bizarre. Friday, during the NHL’s Top 100 Players Ceremony, Ovechkin and Crosby hung out and were very warm towards each other. Saturday night, the two Metropolitan Division All-Stars were inseparable during the All-Star Skills Competition.
Early Friday, Alex Ovechkin arrived in Los Angeles for the 2017 All-Star Weekend and has kept himself busy ever since. In the afternoon, Ovechkin filmed a commercial for Beats By Dre.
In the evening, Ovechkin traveled to the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles ahead of the NHL’s Top 100 Ceremony. While he had a free moment before the ceremony, Ovechkin, who is expected to be on that prestigious list, posed with his Olympic gold medal-winning mother Tatyana, his wife Nastya, his older brother Mikhail, and his father Mikhail.
In late October, RMNB reader Brian S. pinged the crew email and had a very simple request. Brian wanted us to make an I’m With Holtby shirt. I thought the idea was fantastic, so I obliged. In return, I sent Brian and his lovely girlfriend Esther B. free tees.
Earlier in the week, I got a surprise email back from Esther. She sent me photos of her wearing the RMNB shirt while “parahawking” in Nepal. It’s INCREDIBLE.
The Washington Capitals held an optional practice in front of a full house, Saturday. Half the team, including Head Coach Barry Trotz, was not on the ice. Everyone was energized and in high spirits from the 6-0 shutout against the Chicago Blackhawks the night before.
Instead of a puck, Daniel Winnik started the warm-up with a perforated practice golf ball. Later Braden Holtby and Nate Schmidt shared a silly moment after Schmidt and Dmitry Orlov put a shot past the netminder. Holtbeast playfully slashed Schmidt’s legs, whose dramatics ensued for a fun set of images. Holtby’s face after his payback was priceless.
Post-practice Matt Niskanen even tried to hide from the camera and we shared a laugh. It was a great welcome back to the hockey grind. Enjoy these snaps from the morning practice.
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