Editor’s Note: This is what it’s all about. 8-year-old AJ was made a Caps fan for life on Friday night. His father, Dave G. gives us a fan’s perspective of Ovi’s historic goal, one fan’s kind deed, and a terrific annotated video of how it went down.
I took my 8-year-old son AJ to his first NHL game last night in Raleigh (we live down near Wilmington, NC). Having grown up in Southern Maryland, I spent a good chunk of my boyhood years at the USAir Arena cheering on the Caps, but this was my first game in a long time.
I wanted to share our pictures and video with you.
Ovi 400 sign, bottom half of a Brouwer Ranger. And his fanny pack. (Photos by Chris Gordon.)
Friday night, Alex Ovechkin became the sixth faster player to reach 400 goals in NHL history when he scored on an empty net in Raleigh. Though Ovi was nonchalant after the milestone, Saturday was his day in the spotlight. The Great Eight received a lengthy standing ovation from the Verizon Center crowd early in the Devils game as the jumbotron played a tribute video. RMNB readers also honored Ovi, holding up our 400 goals signs during warmups.
Below, take a look at some of my photos.
The Capitals debuted a video to congratulate Alex Ovechkin on his 400th career goal. Played during a stoppage in play in Saturday’s Devils game, the video features highlights of Ovi’s biggest goals. Two of the league’s elder statesmen– Teemu Selanne and Daniel Alfredsson — offer their congratulations as well. A couple of our signs are in there too!
I could watch The Goal and Wayne Gretzky’s reaction on a loop all day.
The shirtless Russians who both assisted on the milestone goal pose with Jason Arnott in the lockerroom. (Photo credit: Mitchell Layton)
As the Capitals trailed the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 with 52 seconds left, Jason Arnott scored his 400th career goal on the power play, calmly taking a rebound off of an Alex Ovechkin point shot and backhanding it home past Jhonas Enroth. Boy was that exciting! Once the milestone was announced, Arnott received a huge standing ovation from the capacity crowd at Verizon Center. He responded by standing up on the bench and waving back. As this unfolded, Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin smiled with glee and joined his teammates by banging his stick hard against the boards. What a moment! Below the jump, check out video of the milestone goal which pushed the game to OV-Time.
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