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After scoring 50 goals at age 30 and winning bronze at the World Championship, Alex Ovechkin is finally unwinding. Wednesday night, the Russian machine enjoyed a rare day off with his fiancée, Nastya Shubskaya, and close friend (and Russian rapper) T-Killah. “Caught by a fishing rod,” wrote Ovechkin on Instagram. In the picture, Ovechkin, smiling like a big nerd, wears a Capitals hat with “Stick to the Script” emblazoned on it.

I’m guessing this isn’t exactly what Barry Trotz had in mind with the slogan, but I love it.

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During the 2010 season, the Washington Capitals extended a tryout offer to Matt Hendricks during training camp. Not only did the Minnesota native make the team, Hendricks earned the nickname The Paralyzer for his shootout heroics and a two-year contract, cementing him as a full-time player in the league.

Hendricks moved on in 2013 to Nashville and later Edmonton, but was a beloved part of the Capitals while in the nation’s capital. That’s why on Sunday, Hendricks, the captain of the United States National Team, and former teammate Alex Ovechkin gave each other a big hug in the handshake line.

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Team Russia destroyed the United States’ National Team 7-2 in Moscow Sunday. Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov will leave the 2016 World Championiship with bronze medals.

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In June, Finland’s Patrik Laine will likely be one of the top two selections at the 2016 NHL Draft. On Saturday, the 18-year-old forward helped lead Finland to a 3-1 victory over both Russia and his hockey idol growing up, Alex Ovechkin. Finland will play in the gold medal game tomorrow while the Russians will go for Bronze.

After the game, the top-ranked European-born prospect geeked out about playing against his hockey hero.

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 19: Former Soviet National Team player Alexander Yakushev and newly elected IIHF Council Member Franz Reindl present the Player of the Game awards to Russia's Alexander Ovechkin #8 and Germany's Thomas Greiss #1 following Russia's 4-1 quarterfinal round win at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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Thursday in Moscow, Team Russia fell behind early in the first period to Germany 1-0. But when the Russians came out for the second period, they unleashed what the IIHF described as an “unrelenting onslaught.” Russia put on 37 shots on goal, scored three times in the second stanza, and defeated Germany 4-1.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal in four World Championship games, beating Islanders’ goaltender Thomas Greiss through the pads.

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Over the weekend, Andre Burakovsky took his World Championship bio picture for Team Sweden and it’s… definitely something we need to talk about.

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The Caps trioka is now 2-0 in two World Championship play.

Monday at Moscow’s Ice Palace, the Russian National Team defeated Norway 3-0. Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov had two assists. Dima received the primary assist on Ivan Telegin’s second period goal and tallied a secondary on Roman Lyubimov’s third period goal.

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 14: Russia's Alexander Ovechkin #8 looks on during the national anthem after a 5-1 preliminary round win over Switzerland at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

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According to Sport Express, Alex Ovechkin accomplished a bit of history on Saturday. When the Great Eight assisted on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s magical, mid-air deflection goal, he tallied his 60th World Championship point. That puts him third all-time among all Russian national team players.

In 68 games, Ovechkin has scored the second-most goals (32) and the fourth-most assists (28) assists.

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After finishing the regular season as the NHL’s best team, the Washington Capitals fell short of their ultimate goal, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games during the semi-finals. Captain Alex Ovechkin hasn’t made it past the second round of the playoffs during his entire 11-season career, but despite some national media reports, this season’s early exit was not Ovechkin’s fault.

Ovechkin, along with John Carlson, led the team in points (12) this postseason. Ovechkin finished second to TJ Oshie in goals with five. During breakdown day Thursday, Ovechkin admitted to struggling through the regular season with a nagging injury.

“It was my back, lower back,” Ovechkin said. “Right now it’s gone. The trainers did a great job to keep me safe and healthy.”

This weekend, we also learned of something else Ovechkin was dealing with privately. According to a Russian TV program, two days before the playoffs began Alex Ovechkin’s father Mikhail suffered a heart attack, which caused the family to call for an ambulance.

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Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov all made their 2016 World Championship debuts for Team Russia, Saturday. Ovechkin, the NHL’s leading goal scorer didn’t dent the twine, but his Caps teammates sure were busy. Orlov delivered one of the biggest hits of his career while Kuznetsov, the Caps regular season leading point scorer, tallied on a brilliant mid-air deflection.

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