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He scored while falling like this. Really.

Holy hell. In game two, Alex Ovechkin scored one of the greatest goals of his career. Skating into the New York Rangers’ zone, Ovechkin skates through two defenders. Then as he’s falling down to the ice, the Russian machine rips a shot to the top left corner past future Hall of Fame goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

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During this year’s playoff run, Alex Ovechkin has celebrated harder for his teammates’ goals than his own. After Joel Ward scored the game-winning goal with 1.3 seconds left in game one Thursday, a beyond excited Ovechkin stopped skating and started running on the ice.

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The Capitals take a 1-nothing lead into the intermission thanks to Alex Ovechkin’s latest mindblowing goal.

In a late-period power play (Jay Beagle was held by Dom Moore), Alex Ovechkin gained the zone. As soon as he hit the face-off circle, Ovi loosed an uncanny dart.

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Steve Dangle of Sportsnet (yeah, of Sportsnet; didn’t you hear? Bloggers be gettin’ paid) is cutting fun video recaps of every playoff series. On Tuesday he cut one for the Caps-Isles series, which everyone knew would go seven games. While Steve is a dedicated Toronto fan (and I’m using “fan” as a polite euphemism for basically Robert Deniro as Curly Renard in the movie The Fan), he had nothing but nice things to say about the series.

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Before the Washington Capitals began their first round series against the Islanders, Caps players received hats embroidered with the text, My Man. From this we learned about Alex Ovechkin‘s bizarre tendency to yell the phrase to his teammates.

“It’s kind of a thing when a guy scores or does something good someone says, ‘My Man,'” Karl Alzner said  a few weeks ago. “When a guy walks into the locker room: ‘My Man.’ It’s kind of like a you’re the man type of thing.”

On Monday, after the Capitals defeated the Islanders in game seven, Ovechkin found his new line-mate Joel Ward and congratulated him the only way he knew how.

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Before the Caps took the ice for game seven on Monday, they received a special message from Bensten Schone, the six-year-old Caps fan who was struck by a car during a sledding accident in January. B-Man has made remarkable recovery since, overcoming a brain injury that threatened his life. For many Capitals players (and people in this community), he been an inspiration because of his strength through this entire ordeal.

The Caps aired a video he recorded for them before the game. It was sweet.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was mic’d up for game seven. The first video shows the Capitals’ two goals. It’s about 50 seconds of continuous Ovi yelling.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov just scored the biggest goal of his life. His third period goal closed the Nassau Coliseum forever (thank god) and sent the Caps to the second round of the playoffs where they’ll face those danged New York Rangers. After the game, CSN Washington’s Al Koken spoke to Kuznetsov about his goal, and Kuzy dropped some more broken-English pearls of wisdom.

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The Capitals have played their absolute best hockey in game seven. Dominating the Islanders in the second period, the Caps finally cracked the Caps killer, Jaroslav Halak.

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This is random timing, but why not?

Over the summer, Andre Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov participated in the NHL Rookie Showcase. The Caps teammates signed autographs and took photos for their first NHL trading cards. We also noticed they held hands with other NHL rookies and figure skated for reasons that were never completely clear.

Almost nine months later, now we know: Upper Deck hired a semi-professional figure skater to teach the rookies some… uh… new moves.

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