Alex Ovechkin: 2015-16 Season Review

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What is there to say about Alex Ovechkin’s season that could not be said in 50-point, bright-red, italicized comic sans?

50 GOALSSSSS

Let’s do it.

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During his season-ending press conference with reporters, Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan lamented the loss of Joel Ward while also stating his desire to see Tom Wilson expand his role. “I think it’s on us to turn Tom Wilson into Joel Ward,” MacLellan said. “It’s on Tom and on us to turn him into that kind of guy that has a net-front presence, that finds loose pucks, finds rebounds, plays good along the wall. I think Tom is our answer to that.”

Wilson, who has led the Capitals in penalty minutes over the last three seasons, has not seen the offensive ability he showed in junior translate to the NHL. On Wednesday night, Wilson gave us a front row seat to the intense summer training that may or may not take him to the next level.

It did not include squats, but did include a samurai bun.

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Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin is having a splendid summer. A week after showing his friends how to stick to the script in the club and days after participating in a charity basketball game with his mom, the Russian machine turned up at a CSKA Moscow basketball game with his fiancée Nastya Shubskaya.

Ovechkin shelved his Nike gear to dress as a can of Coke, which is another of his sponsors.

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Over the weekend, Alex Ovechkin brought his sick handles and gold number 8 necklace to the basketball court for a good cause. The Russian machine participated in the Step Forward Foundation’s charity basketball game for the second year in a row to help raise money for kids with cerebral palsy. The game was held at Moscow’s Dynamo Palace of Sports.

Ovechkin captained the green team, which was named “Together We Are Brighter” and coached by two-time Olympic gold medalist and his mother, Tatyana Ovechkina.

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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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