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Ten years ago, Alex Ovechkin scored his most memorable goal, a twirling, falling down prayer that beat Coyotes goalie Brian Boucher. The goal happened in front of Wayne Gretzky, the game’s greatest player and the Coyotoes coach at the time. Naturally, Ovechkin blew a kiss to him.

During the first intermission of Caps-Sabres, CSN Mid Atlantic aired a video, where the players and media who were there recounted the goal.

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Unleash the Fury has been a Capitals tradition for years, transforming tense close games into roaring, orgiastic rallies. Between the video package and Wes Johnson’s Kinison-esque screams lies Tom Green’s segment– originally adapted from 2000’s Road Trip and then later customized for the Caps.

Thursday night took the bit even further. Tom Green was in there in the flesh, leading the crowd in a rousing live version.

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Capitals second line winger Justin Williams was just lost after taking an Andre Burakovsky shot to the side of the face. (Don’t worry; he’s okay.)

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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 Washington Capitals’ Club Scarlet hosted Hockey ‘N Heels Tuesday night at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. This members-only event took about 200 fans through different aspects of the game from up close. Participants played broom ball with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Stan Galiev, took photobooth photos with Aaron Ness, practiced slapshots, and learned how to use a glove and blocker with Philipp Grubauer. After a busy first half, fans headed up stairs to learn more from the Caps’ coaches, equipment staff, refs, and CSN commentators Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin.

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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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Everyone from Teemu Selanne to Bryce Harper has weighed in on Alex Ovechkin reaching the 500-goal milestone on Sunday night. In his own reaction, Leafs vlogger and Sportsnet contributor Steve Dangle helped put Ovi’s accomplishment into perspective — in his trademark off-the-wall style.

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In 2015, former Capital Andrew Gordon wrote about what it was like playing with future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne. Gordon also touched on how considerate and thoughtful the recently retired 684-goal scorer is.

Now we can see it with our own two eyes. On Monday morning, Selanne released a short video congratulating Alex Ovechkin reaching the 500 goal plateau — a feat he accomplished November 22, 2006 against Jose Theodore.

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Alex Ovechkin’s Milestone Goals to 500: Video Timeline

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his historic 500th NHL career goal on Sunday night. There are lots of tributes out there, but we wanted to do something short that captured the big milestones.

Set to Sasha Belyi’s Champion (yes, the same song Ovi rapped on), relive the simply sensational work of The Great 8.

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On Wednesday, the Washington Capitals announced the signing of veteran center Mike Richards to a one-year deal. While Richards is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, the circumstances behind his move to Washington come out of sadness. In June, Richards was arrested at the Canadian border for transporting the opioid OxyCodone without a prescription. Shortly after, the Kings terminated his contract due to a “material breach.” He’s been out of a hockey since.

Friday, Richards practiced with the Capitals for the first time and was welcomed by Caps captain Alex Ovechkin in the most Ovi way possible. According to the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, the Russian machine crashed Richards’ press conference. Ovechkin stuck his phone into the scrum of reporters as if he was recording the interview.

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