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The Tampa Bay Lightning scored a garbage goal with three seconds left in the game to make it 4-3. Jon Cooper called time out. The Lightning kept their net empty. That wasn’t wise.

Nicklas Backstrom won the face-off, which Alex Ovechkin immediately shot into the net with under a half second left.

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For the first time in his career this season, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has endured a five-game pointless streak. Coming into tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ovechkin had not dented the twine in four straight games.

That unluckiness is now over. Ovechkin has scored his team-leading 13th (oh god) goal of the year. And it only took 40 seconds.

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The general manager of Dynamo Moscow and the Russian national team, Andrey Safronovspoke with Dmitry Nesterov of Sovetsky Sport in an interview published on Tuesday night. In the piece, Safronov dismissed the possibility of Caps captain Alex Ovechkin’s returning to his club.

The quote itself is a bit confusing, but we’ll make sense of it.

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Ovechkin’s parents Mikhail and Tatyana pose with the orphans (Photo: Pavel Lysenkov/Sovetsky Sport)

Caps captain Alex Ovechkin has never shied away from charitable work. From participating in the Caps’ Make-A-Wish efforts to playing in charity preseason games annually in Russia, Ovi never misses an opportunity to help those less fortunate. Plus, we can’t forget his date with Ann earlier this season. But some of his secretive charity efforts behind the scenes are just now becoming public.

Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport has revealed that Alex Ovechkin has quietly been supporting as many as seven orphanages in different regions of Russia.

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Monday afternoon, ARLnow.com broke the news that Alex Ovechkin‘s former Arlington, Virginia home is up for rent. For those of you whose Ovechkin shrines are missing that one final piece, relocating it into the Russian machine’s former basement and having him be your landlord is the only move.

According to rhlarlington.com, the 4-bedroom colonial features 5,000 square feet of living space, a gourmet kitchen with top-notch appliances to prepare homemade nachos, a spacious master bedroom where you can play FIFA shirtless with your friends, a master bath featuring a whirlpool tub and separate shower to relax your aching muscles, and a spacious rec room downstairs where you can safely do push-ups after losing video game bets to your Russian friends.

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A Photo Timeline of Alex Ovechkin’s Movember Mustache

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For the National Hockey League, November means no shaving. And for most hair-fertile Capitals (sorry, Michael Latta) that meant looking greasy and weird for at least twenty days to raise money for men’s health. The player who maybe had both the best and worst looking mustache was hands down Alex Ovechkin.

The well-marketed Ovi, who had a clause written into his Gilette contract to allow participation in the charity movement two years ago, went from handsome superstar to Charles Manson look-a-like in November. And somewhere in the middle, he looked like a derp-y hipster, which I’m sure his boy Michael Phelps would be proud of.

Join us as we watch the furry Russian caterpillar burst into full bloom. Warning: by the end, you might feel compelled to hand over your license and registration to Alex Ovechkin.

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During the Leafs’ 6-2 shellacking of the Caps Saturday, Alex Ovechkin and Leo Komarov were at each other’s throats. Late in the third period, the Russian machine appeared to finally exact some revenge.

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After the Caps surrendered a 2-0 lead to the Islanders (in their usual meek, right-after-they-score-a-goal fashion), Alex Ovechkin wrestled the lead back in the second period with a simple flick of the wrist. That’s what captains do. This time, it made one particular fan in the stands very happy.

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Banged Up Alex Ovechkin Scores Two Power Play Goals (GIF)

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Coming into Wednesday, we didn’t know if Alex Ovechkin was going to be able to play, as he was dealing with an upper-body ailment after leaving practice on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, Ovi was ready after the morning skate. “Feel good,” Ovi said. “Just one part of my body didn’t feel great.”

Against the Isles, Ovi feel good indeed. While the team continued falling off the even-strength scoring cliff, Ovechkin kept the Caps in a game that looked like it was heading towards disaster early on.

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All This Happened, More or Less: Isles Beat Caps 3-2 (OT)

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“That is my principal objection to life, I think: It’s too easy, when alive, to make perfectly horrible mistakes.” – Kurt Vonnegut

For years, the Islanders have made that quote ring true. Confused ownership, terrible hockey and of course Nassau Colosseum. The old place will soon be gone from our TV screens. The smell, the lighting, the architecture, the scoreboard stolen from the local high school. So it goes.

Now, though, the Islanders are moving on. Pretty soon they’ll playing their games in a decedent building in Brooklyn. They’re also now good at hockey. The Caps had trouble with that tonight.

The first period was mostly dominated by the Isles. Anders Lee put them up top after John Carlson failed to cling to his man. Washington then released a small furry of shots before Alex Ovechkin got the Caps back in it with another one of them goals from the circle place when his team has more people on the ice. Travis Hamonic then gave New York the lead again when his high flying wrist shot made it past an effectively blindfolded Braden Holtby.

The second was mostly Isles, but the Caps came on towards the end. The Isles took another unnecessary penalty and Ovi did The Thing. 2-2.

Isles pressed in the third but there was nothing doing.

In the extra, scrapeless frame, Nicky grabbed someone’s stick. John Tavares threw his hands in the air. That’s all. Isles beat Caps 3-2 (OT).

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