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The Washington Capitals needed a clutch third period goal trailing 5-3 and they got it from Alex Ovechkin.

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When the Washington Capitals walked into the locker room for the first intermission, they trailed the San Jose Sharks 3-0. Seven short minutes into the second period, the Capitals had scored three of the next four goals, pulling within one.

Two quick goals from Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin 34 seconds apart, helped make that all possible.

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Remember a few months ago when we reported that Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin would star in an “unusual and somewhat provocative” music video with Katyla Lel? Well today that song, entitled “Let Them Talk,” debuted on YouTube and yes, I need to talk about this.

We’ve got CGI’d flying pucks, angry Ovi faces, and groping – lots and lots of groping.

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Editor’s note: Pat Holden has written about Caps hockey over at Brooks Laichyear since 2012. We’ve asked him to pitch in here at RMNB to smarten us up a bit. Please give Pat a warm welcome. Follow him on Twitter.

Alex Ovechkin won the Calder Trophy for NHL rookie of the year in 2006. That season, Ovechkin totaled 52 goals and 54 assist in 81 games. His 106 points is the 3rd highest total ever for a rookie.

But 2005-06 was also Sidney Crosby‘s rookie season. Crosby scored 39 goals and recorded 63 assists. According to Wikipedia, the only other time two rookies scored over 100 points in the same season was in 1992-93, when Teemu Selanne and Joe Juneau did it.

Voting for the Calder was not especially close. Ovechkin got 125 out of 129 first-place votes. He also received 4 second-place votes. Crosby got 4 first-place votes, 95 second-place votes, and a number of third- and fourth-place votes. Scoring 52 goals as a rookie is going to grab the attention of voters. Ovechkin’s highlight-reel goals and physical play were credited for helping him win the award nearly unanimously.

Advanced stats are more prevalent than ever before in the NHL, and are certainly more of a going concern than they were in the 2005-06 season. While many voters still pay them no mind, I want to take a look at how the Ovechkin’s and Crosby’s rookie seasons match-up from an advanced stats perspective.

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I’m a sucker for these kinds of things, so apologies ahead of time.

Before the first intermission of the Capitals Bruins game, CSN Washington showed a montage of highlights from the first period and warm-ups. The first clip was the best.

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When TV cameras catch the Caps bench, you never know what you’re going to get. Remember that one time a few years back, when Alex Semin contemplated oblivion? Or that time Alex Ovechkin’s hair tried to escape his scalp?

On Saturday, CSN Washington showed a slo-mo replay of Ovechkin getting clipped by Chris Kelly. Before that, they cut to Ovi on the bench, summoning trainer Greg Smith.

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On Thursday night, the Washington Capitals opened the regular season with a shootout loss, falling to the Montreal Canadiens 2-1. RMNB’s Amanda Bowen caught a bunch from opening night, including the Brouwer Rangers’ new sign, Liam O’Brien’s fight, and the ceremonial face-off, which included Rod Langway, Peter, Bondra, Sylvain Cote, and Craig Laughlin.

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Alex Ovechkin may not have scored on opening night, but no worries: he’s on pace for a goal per game anyway. The Russian machine scored his second goal in the first period on Saturday, giving the Caps a 2-0 lead.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season and tell me if you’ve heard this one before. It was a power play play goal from the left face-off circle. Tuukka Rask didn’t stand a chance.

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Alex Ovechkin Crushing Dudes (GIFs)

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This offseason felt particularly long, so I smiled extra wide on Thursday as I watched Alex Ovechkin crush Montreal Canadiens left and right. While Ovechkin didn’t score in the shootout loss, he did finish the night with six hits, tied with Brooks Orpik for the most among all skaters.

My favorite hit was Ovechkin leveling left wing Jiri Sekac. The Czech was playing in just his second career NHL game. This had to hurt.

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