On Friday, former Capitals forward Alex Semin, now a member of the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk, scored a spectacular goal against Amur Khabarovsk. Reminiscent of Ovechkin’s magical goal against the Phoenix Coyotes in 2006 (okay, we’re stretching things just a little bit), Semin completely befuddled Amur defensemen Jan Kolar before firing a shot past goaltender Juha Metsola while falling over.
It was brilliant.
This afternoon, Alex Ovechkin continued his annual tradition of skating with 60-plus children from the American Special Hockey Association. Before taking the ice, Ovechkin made some time to hang out with star Washington Ice Dogs player (and one-time sushi date), Ann Schaab. In an adorable moment inside the locker room, Schaab presented the Russian machine with a children’s book entitled Drop the Puck, Let’s Play Hockey written by Jayne J. Jones Beehler. The friendship between Ovechkin and Schaab inspired the character in the book named Ann.
Ann signed the book as Ovechkin cradled it open for her. I guarantee this will now become Ovi’s new most prized collectible.
Proceeds from book sales over the next two weeks will all benefit ASHA so basically you should go buy it right now.
Ovechkin has had a long-standing relationship with the American Special Hockey Association. Ovi began hosting these sessions three years ago and famously donated a Honda to the organization after the 2015 All-Star Game. Ovechkin’s charity work with ASHA has also helped massively grow the hockey league and open it to more kids. Eight new teams have been started recently. There are currently more than 60 ASHA programs in more than 54 cities throughout the United States. For his work, Ovechkin was named a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award last season.
As you may know back on October 9th, the Toronto Maple Leafs placed former long-time Capital Brooks Laich on waivers. Laich cleared, but remained with the team until two days later when the Leafs ultimately made the decision to demote him to their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
The Toronto Marlies have played two regular season games since then and Laich has dressed for neither. So what gives?
Days after registering his first career NHL hat trick, Mike Green hosted a Q&A on the Detroit Red Wings’s Twitter account. Greenie didn’t answer our awesome question, but he did take time to respond to such important queries like What’s your favorite color? and Have you ever thought of changing your name to Mike Red?
Green was also asked one of the most controversial questions of all time, “Is a hot dog was a sandwich?” Green responded, short and to the point, “No.” But Mike, it’s meat and it’s on a bun. Of course it’s a sandwich. The freaking dictionary defines it as a sandwich. It’s a sandwich.
On Thursday night, the Capitals continued their strong start to the season with a 4-2 win against the Florida Panthers. They are now one of only three teams in the NHL yet to lose in regulation. The game itself was mostly solid, except for losing both a 2-goal lead and a piece of Daniel Winnik’s ear when he blocked a shot with his head in the third period.
The game also featured Alex Ovechkin’s 90th career game winning goal (a lovely tip-in off a Niskanen blast), and the 750th goal by someone named Jaromir Jagr.
The Washington Capitals haven’t hit their full stride yet this season, but four games into the new campaign, the 2015-16 President’s Trophy winners are already among the league’s best in a bunch of categories.
While Jaromir Jagr got all the headlines Thursday after scoring his 750th career goal, Alex Ovechkin quietly made some history of his own. In the third period, Ovechkin deflected a Matt Niskanen point shot past Roberto Luongo. The goal gave the Caps a 3-2 lead. After Marcus Johansson added an insurance goal late, the Caps defeated the Panthers 4-2.
Ovechkin’s goal would stand up as the game winner.
In the third period, Caps forward Daniel Winnik blocked a shot with the side of his head.
Winnik writhed in pain on the ice before going down to the locker room. He returned several minutes later and we all assumed he was okay.
He was not. According to Barry Trotz, Winnik lost a part of his ear.
During a late third period power play, Daniel Winnik dove to the ice in an attempt to block a Reilly Smith shot from the point. Winnik was successful, but he paid a price.
The Caps forward blocked the slap shot off the side of his head.
The Washington Capitals headed down to the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area for a hockey match. Or maybe it was the Kazakhstan desert. Either way, no one was there.
The Capitals got the scoring started after a great play by the love of my life Nate Schmidt, who fed the puck in front to a waiting Justin Williams, ever whacking until he scored his first goal of the season. Less than two minutes later, Evgeny Kuznetsov got his first regular-season goal since March 1 when he tipped in a shot from Matt Niskanen. Before the period was up, however, Michael Matheson surprised Braden Holtby with a quick shot from the half board.
The second period landed with a flop like this year’s Al Smith dinner, with the Panthers outshooting the Caps 14-4 and Jaromir Jagr netting his 750th career goal. The joke is in reference to something that was on TV during the game, which I turned off because it was too boring.
In the third, Alex Ovechkin deflected another Niskanen point drive. The Caps flipped the script on the second period, only allowing a handful of shots in the closing 20. Marcus Johansson added one late. Caps beat Panthers 4-2.
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