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Last night, Alex Ovechkin was once again generous, giving away a bunch of pucks and his gear after the All-Star Skills Competition. We’re happy to report that the person who received Ovechin’s stick is actually a Caps fan.

Michael B., who goes by the nickname Moose, tells us that Ovechkin sought out him and his wife after the event.

I’ll let him explain.

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In an interview with SovSport on Saturday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was asked straight up if he wanted to return to Russia next year. Ya know, to debunk the rumor once and for all so we could all move on. Instead, Ovechkin left the door open for a possible return and even sounded like he has put a lot of thought into the idea.

Sigh.

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We’ve been documenting Alex Ovechkin‘s Goodwill Tour of North America all season long. Tonight we can file another entry. After the All-Star Skills competition ended, players from Team Foligno started throwing pucks to fans in the stands.

Ovi did this too.

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While Alex Ovechkin did not have his strongest showing in the Breakaway Challenge, he was awesome in the Hardest Shot competition. Ovechkin posted his fastest attempt ever, 101.4 MPH, which he accomplished twice.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin became one of the most popular hockey players in the world partly due to his creativity in the NHL’s Breakaway Challenge over the years. He’s won the competition three times (2008, 2009, 2011). This is why Team Foligno picked him to compete again this year in Columbus. Unfortunately, he did not win.

While Ovechkin brought the creativity, he left his execution in Washington. His final attempt, where he took baseball swings at lob passes from fellow Russian Vladimir Tarasenko, was his most captivating.

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Before the All-Star Skills Competition began, Alex Ovechkin was interviewed by NHL Network’s Andi Petrillo out on the ice. It became another classic Ovi interview.

When the Russian machine was asked if he could potentially overtake Shea Weber, he modestly replied, “No, my shot is muffin.”

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With the All-Star break upon us, I’m going to use the opportunity to check in on a few stories from earlier in the season and give a quick update. Specifically, I’m going to look at the Caps shot generation and suppression, as well as special teams.

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Alex Ovechkin and the Fantasy Draft is always a fun combination. Ian covered the hell out of it earlier. I’m just here to add some audio because the people demanded it.

I’m on it.

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The biggest storyline heading into the NHL’s All-Star Fantasy Draft Friday night was who would go last? Four years ago, Phil Kessel was humiliated as the final pick and it was great theatre. Kessel was awkward, everyone laughed, and then the Russian machine started snapping photos of him with his mobile phone which made it even awkwarder.

Fast forward to tonight and Alex Ovechkin flipped the script. When asked if he’d be mad if he wasn’t selected first, Ovechkin started campaigning. “I wanna be last,” he said. “I need a car.” Except, he wasn’t joking.

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As we learned during the Winter Classic, any NHL footage authored by GoPro cameras is awesome. That’s why we’re happy to hear that the two companies have partnered up. Today, the NHL and GoPro simultaneously released a video showing some of the world’s best hockey players wearing the cameras and basically showing off. The footage is freaking incredible. Even the Sidney Crosby part, which is like the entire video.

Also, Alex Ovechkin‘s in it too for like two seconds. And he wags his tongue. Appropriate.

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