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.
In what could be a response to ongoing injury concerns or a clever bit of gamesmanship, Caps Head Coach Barry Trotz is switching up his line combinations at practice before the Caps take on the New York Rangers.
Mike Vogel reports that Tom Wilson tried out Jay Beagle’s first-line wing spot at practice on Monday, while TJ Oshie is practicing with Brett Connolly and Lars Eller on the third line.
Sunday, the Washington Capitals spent their off day together in New York City ahead of their game Tuesday night against the Rangers. The Capitals visited a firehouse in Chelsea, Manhattan, and also took a boat tour, zooming around the Statue of Liberty.
Caps captain Alex Ovechkin also dabbled with the panda Snapchat filter with his wife Nastya. It was truly a good look.
Alex Ovechkin recorded no shots on goal in the Capitals’ 5-2 loss to the Predators on Saturday night. It was the third time this month that he didn’t put a single shot on net. That wouldn’t be a remarkable feat for a normal player, but Alex Ovechkin is not a normal player.
Friday night, the game’s greatest player of all time, Wayne Gretzky, was at Verizon Center for the Oilers’ game against the Washington Capitals. Gretzky, who currently serves as a partner and vice chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group, has been traveling with the team this week, which includes the Oilers’ 4-3 win against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Wednesday.
During the game, Gretzky sat in the Owners Box with Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. Pre-game, The Great One conducted an interview with a man that worshipped him as a kid, CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Alan May.
Gretzky spoke about Alex Ovechkin’s deep desire to win the Stanley Cup, saying that the Russian machine “would do and pretty much give up anything and everything to get his name on a Stanley Cup.” Gretzky also said Braden Holtby is “one of the best goaltenders I’ve seen in a long time.”
The Capitals Better Halves are auctioning off their annual gift baskets. The themed baskets include autographed items and jerseys from all your favorite Capitals players. The basket also includes items that highlight each player’s unique personality.
For the Winniks, their basket highlights the couple’s love of bulldogs and liquor. Taylor Winnik and her creative mind got alcohol from every country represented on the Capitals and then had the corresponding players sign the bottles.
So yes, there is a bottle of Russian Vodka, Stolichnaya, signed by Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov.
According to Barry Trotz, the Washington Capitals were sleepwalking during the first two periods of play. Yet somehow they entered the second intermission tied 1-1 with the New York Rangers.
Late in the second period, Caps captain Alex Ovechkin tied the game up after rifling a bouncing puck past Henrik Lundqvist.
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