Igor Kravchuk’s standing to the left, Bilyaletdinov is to the right.
Russian national team head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov was at Verizon Center on Friday. Bilyaletdinov, together with Team Russia’s North American scout former NHLer Igor Kravchuk, watched three potential Russian Olympians: Alex Ovechkin, Andrey Markov, and Alexei Emelin. A few nights before, Bilyaletdinov was at Verizon Center to watch Evgeni Malkin play the Capitals.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin scored again tonight. *Yawn* At this point, it’s whatevs. It’s like breathing. It happens and you don’t even notice it anymore.
But let’s not take Ovechkin’s resurgence for granted. Instead, let’s waft into our noses the aroma of slightly-charred vulcanized rubber discs sent towards the net en masse. This is historic. This is a season we may be talking about for the rest of our lives. No hyperbole.
It’s been written to death already, but Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is having an unbelievable start to the season. Friday night against the Montreal Canadiens (and with Wayne Gretzky in attendance), it continued, as The Great Eight scored two goals, both of the dirtty variety.
Facepalm on the background is an appropriate reaction to your team going to the penalty kill because a player’s underwear is of wrong color.
I knew something was wrong with the “Fear Of Missing Out on Hockey (#FOMOH)” commercial the first time I saw it. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was. Something about two of my favorite players, Brooks Laich and Alex Ovechkin, doing some truly horrible acting in that hospital just didn’t sit well with me.
On November 20, 2013, In Game Recap, By Chris Gordon
(Photo credit: Rob Carr)
Ian Oland birthday card of the night. (Photo credit: Brouwer Rangers)
A few years ago, the Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins rivalry was the NHL’s top draw. Led by the league’s best players, the teams spawned epic playoff series and fantastic regular season games. Eventually, though, Sidney Crosby got hurt and Alex Ovechkin got stale. For the past couple seasons, Caps-Pens has been a bit hollow.
This year, however, Ovi vs. Sid is relevant again: Crosby came into the game tied for the league lead in points, Ovechkin was tied for the lead in goals. Wednesday, the Caps were just one point behind the Pens for the Metropolitan division lead. With NBC in town, the good old days of the late ’00s were back — even if Brooks Laich didn’t give a crap.
Unfortunately, the game was less Snovechkin and more 2009 Semifinals game seven.
Paul Martin put the Pens up early through a screen that make Braden Holtby look foolish. Rejected Gossip Girl character Beau Bennett stretched the lead to two on a two-on-four — yes two-on-four — for Pittsburgh midway through the first. The second frame was utterly boring until ya boy Sidney Crosby unleashed an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot on the power play to put the Pens up by three. James Neal added another in the third.
On November 17, 2013, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Guy behind the glass at left is my favorite. (Photo: Alex Brandon)
With a decisive win over the St Louis Blues on Sunday, the Washington Capitals took the Metropolitan Division lead, vaulted Alex Ovechkin to the top of the NHL scoring leaders list, picked a peck of pickles, padded Braden Holtby’s stats, improved their power-play conversion rate, got Nick Backstrom an entire apple cart full of assists, Frank Stallone, and fended off a strong possession team desperate for a comeback.
Not bad for a Sunday night.
Alex Ovechkin’s first period: dang. Nick Backstrom tapped the puck to him, and he proved that with a little speed and a little space he is better than any goalie in the league. Then he put a little backhand chip shot on a rebound to make it 2-0 and tie St Louis’ Alex Steen for the league lead. Mikhail Grabovski swatted a mid-air rebound off a Jason Chimera shot to make it 3-0 and get Halak pulled.
Vladimir Sobotka capitalized on a second-power power play to keep St Louis’ league-best power play atop the lists. John Carlson got the Capitals special teams a goal of their own a few minutes later, getting a long bomb past Brian Elliott somehow.
Nothing in the third.
Caps beat Blues 4-1! Caps take the Metro lead! Ovi is Ovi!
Heading into Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had scored in two straight. You can make that three straight now. Ovechkin has four goals in three games and is tied for the league lead in goals (17) with Alex Steen. And he has a certain Swedish bro to thank for all of it.
Ovechkin attempted six shots on net in Sunday’s first period. Three missed the net, one was blocked, and the two that actually reached the goaltender — well those suckers went in. 100% shooting percentage, baby. Regress this.
Things didn’t look good for the Washington Capitals heading into the last 20 minutes of Friday’s game. Down 3-1, Washington’s lone goal had come from a Brooks Laich breakaway to open the scoring in the first period. But under 12 minutes later, however, the Caps tied it. First, Alex Ovechkin put the team within one, registering the 386th goal of his NHL career, assisted by his new/old linemates Marcus Johansson and Nick Backstrom.
Then — and most importantly — it was Michael Latta, the grinder-cum-Jay Beagle replacement. In his 10th NHL game, Mike backhanded home a fortunate rebound after a bomb from the point off the stick of John Carlson. First career goal for Latta. Tie game for Washington and an eventual win. The fourth liner promptly freaked the hell out.
Fedor and I talked about it a few days later, and my main man from Moscow shot me this link to Yahoo. “Did you see this Alex Ovechkin hit? CSN cut away as it happened, but the replays from the Avs feed are crazy.”
I was skeptical. “C’mon, Fedor,” I replied. “It couldn’t have been that crazy. We would have heard about it.”
Then I watched the video and HOLY. WOW.
As Avs defenseman Jan Hejda reversed behind the net, The Great Eight came at him like a heat-seeking missile. Ovi crushed him into the boards. Hejda’s skate blades lost contact with the ice and he flew into the air. It was a video game hit, a hockey decleater.
The cameraman in the corner caught the whole thing.