On Wednesday, the Washington Capitals announced that captain Alex Ovechkin would wear custom-painted skates for Russian Heritage Night. The skates would then be auctioned off to raise money for Ovechkin’s favorite charity, the American Special Hockey Association.
Thursday before the Caps took on the Blue Jackets, Ovechkin wore the skates during warmups, becoming the first player in NHL history to ever wear custom-painted skates.
Actor Dax Shepard has been making the rounds over the last week, promoting his new film CHiPs – a big-screen adaptation of the famous TV series from the 1970s and ’80s.
Thursday, the former Punk’d star did a web interview with Hot Ones host Sean Evans, which involved eating ridiculously spicy hot wings and talking about important topics such as Shepard’s man crush of Jay-Z, his deep love for Costco, and his admiration of Alex Ovechkin’s nostrils.
On Thursday, March 23, the Capitals will host Russian Heritage Night at Verizon Center during their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Thursday will be one of many themed heritage nights the Caps have hosted this season.
During warm-ups prior to the game, Alex Ovechkin will don a special pair of Bauer Vapor 1X skates. The skates, designed by shoe artists Nick Avery and Polo Kerber, are a nod to Russia and the United States. One side features the US and Russian flags, and the other features two famous landmarks: St. Basil’s Cathedral in Ovi’s hometown of Moscow, and the Capitol building here in his hockey home here in Washington, DC. And they are pretty dang snazzy.
Once upon a time, Alex Ovechkin took more shots than anyone in the league. Now Brent Burns holds that title, and the buzz is that Ovi has lost a step. On Tuesday night, the Great Eight heard that buzz and did something about it.
He had put 10 shots on net, but none beat Calgary goalie Brian Elliott. But then a late game penalty gave him one more shot, and Ovi decided he was not gonna blow his … shot.
The Russian hockey world was rocked on Saturday by the sudden loss of Sergei Gimaev. Gimaev suffered a heart attack during the second period of “The Match of Legends,” an alumni game for former Soviet hockey players that took place earlier today in Tula, Russia.
Several Russian players in the Capitals’ organization, including Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov, and goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov, paid tribute to Gimaev on social media.
Saturday night in Los Angeles, Alex Ovechkin got national attention after diving and awkwardly falling into the Caps bench to avoid a too many men penalty.
Three nights later, Ovechkin was still having trouble making a shift change.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has always been defined by his consistency. In November, TSN’s Travis Yost did the math and revealed that Ovechkin had gone the last five seasons without a goal drought longer than six games. None of Ovechkin’s goal-scoring contemporaries — including Corey Pery, Jamie Benn, Joe Pavelski, Steven Stamkos, and Tyler Seguin — could claim the same, all experiencing goal droughts in the double digits.
Sunday night, after 12 seasons and 907 career NHL games, Ovechkin finally showed he was mortal, going his tenth-straight game without a goal. It marks the longest single-season goalless streak of Ovechkin’s career.
Alex Ovechkin hasn’t scored in nine games, but Saturday night in Los Angeles, the Russian Machine was passion defined. A fiery Ovechkin had 15 shot attempts against the Kings.
My favorite Ovechkin moment came late in the third period, when The Great Eight avoided a too many men penalty by diving awkwardly into the Caps bench.
It did not end well.
Friday night, Alex Ovechkin delivered pizzas as part of multi-year promotional deal he inked with Papa John’s. While the event was pre-planned, the reactions of the people receiving the pizzas were organic.
One fan “didn’t do sports” and had no idea who Ovechkin was. During another stop, magic happened. A tiny Caps fan peeked out the front door, noticed who was approaching, screeched something unintelligible, and ran back inside unable to contain his excitement.
“Okay,” Ovechkin said laughing, continuing his approach up the stairs.
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