2014 first-round pick Jakub Vrana scored the first NHL goal in his young NHL career Friday, directing home a one-time pass by Evgeny Kuznetsov on the power play.
The 20-year-old Czech was greeted in the locker room after the game by a shaving cream pie to the face from Tom Wilson.
Friday, Beats By Dre released their latest promotional campaign entitled Be Heard. The commercial promotes the company’s Solo3 Wireless headphones and features some of the world’s greatest athletes including LeBron James, Serena Williams, Tom Brady, Kevin Durant, Michael Phelps, and Conor McGregor.
Oh yeah, Alex Ovechkin made a cameo in it too – sorta.
Lifelong Caps fan and loyal RMNB reader Kit Troyer noticed something the NHL needs to address from Wednesday’s game. He explains below.
Caps coach Barry Trotz tried a new combination against the Bruins: Evgeny Kuznetsov between wingers Alex Ovechkin and Justin Williams. The new line paid quick dividends, with Williams scoring twice in the game’s first eight minutes.
Just like that, Williams doubled his season goal total, and a slumping Kuznetsov added two assists to his own ledger, as did Alex Ov… wait. What the hell?
Ovechkin received only one assist. It’s mystifying if you watch the replay.
It is no secret that the Caps’ power play is sputtering as of late. They have been subpar all season long, scoring on 14.8 percent of power plays and currently ranked 23rd in the NHL. They finished last year ranked fifth with a 21.9 percent power play.
The question is why. Peter painted a convincing picture naming Alex Ovechkin the key to the Caps’ power-play effectiveness. The power play unit started to do well when Ovechkin joined the Caps, and aside from a couple down years, it have always been top notch with Ovechkin.
It’s been almost a year since Alex Ovechkin signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Papa John’s, and fans are finally getting a glimpse of The Great Eight slinging pies in his first television commercial for the chain.
RMNB got an exclusive first look at the 30-second spot, which imagines Ovi’s hockey career was a plan B to his first dream: to become the gr8est pizza delivery boy in the whole wide world.
On Saturday night I made an offhand comment while watching the Caps power play sputter yet again.
The PP used to be so good that not even Adam Oates could break it.
— RMNB (@russianmachine) December 4, 2016
This was a joke and a jab at my favorite easy target, but there was intention behind it. The Caps PP has been good for a long time. If it stops being so, it won’t be because the 1-3-1 formula stops working or because league-wide defenses adjust to it — it will be because Alex Ovechkin stops being Alex Ovechkin, for he is the Caps power play.
The Alex Ovechkin Goodwill Tour visited its home base of Kettler Capitals Iceplex Tuesday morning to make a tiny boy’s dream come true.
The boy, nine-year-old Michael Taylor, took a pre-dawn flight from Boston to watch Capitals practice for his birthday with his mother. Of course he brought a sign along with him. One side read I came from Boston for my 9th b-day to meet Ovi!! while the other was a birthday tribute to Matt Niskanen.
Alex Ovechkin leads the Washington Capitals in goals this season. But in a new twist, Ovechkin also leads the team in PIMs (22) and minor penalties (11).
Over the weekend, Barry Trotz expressed concern about how much his captain was spending in the penalty box after accumulating two minor penalties against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Monday night, Ovechkin committed his sixth minor penalty in five games. Barry Trotz went nuclear during his postgame press conference.
“Unacceptable,” Trotz said.
“He’s a leader,” Trotz continued. “He can’t take those penalties. He’s got to be on the right side. I’m going to address it harshly with him tomorrow.”
Earlier this month, Alex Ovechkin signed a new endorsement deal with Plarium to rep the free-to-play mobile game Throne: Kingdom at War. Ovechkin, who also has signed deals with Papa John’s and Russia’s Bank Otkrytie over the last year, joined a who’s who of world-famous athletes for Plarium’s digital campaign including future Hall of Fame basketball player Tony Parker, former MMA champion Anderson Silva, and Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres.
For the photoshoot, Ovechkin threw on body armor and a specially-made Throne hockey jersey. In one photo, he is shown letting out an intense roar as he goes into digi-battle. In another, he glares at the camera while his hockey stick is on fire and a small village burns to the ground.
“The purpose of this campaign is to highlight the spectrum of emotions that players can experience in the game through our ability to give them the best opportunity to cooperate with each other, and exercise their desire to compete and achieve victory whether alone or with a team,” Roman Zhdanov, VP of Marketing at Plarium, said. “We selected some of the best athletes across a variety of sports to convey this emotional lift that the game provides, because nearly everyone has seen the uplifting power of sports.”
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin conducted a very serious interview with NHL Network during Caps Casino Night. While holding a CSN-branded microphone (for some reason), Ovechkin dished on his favorite casino games as well as who is the best card player on the team.
Ovechkin was also asked how Barry Trotz was doing after being struck in the head by an errant puck Saturday night.
“He’s okay,” Ovechkin said. “He tough man so he can handle it.”
Ovechkin tried to keep a straight face, but then began giggling.
The rest of the interview is below.
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