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Ovechkin and Alexei Yashin share a laugh before the game. (Photo: R-Sport)

On Saturday, Alex Ovechkin traveled 45 miles from his Moscow home to participate in the fifth iteration of Ilya Kovalchuk’s charity hockey game held in neighboring Chekhov, home of KHL Vityaz. The proceeds of the game, which translates to “From Pure Heart,” raised $16 million rubles (or slightly under $500k dollars) for various orphanages.

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Editor’s note: There is news and reporting in here, but it’s also an opinion piece. My opinions are my own. I won’t speak for anyone else at RMNB. I also encourage everyone to do their own research on this and not just take me- or anyone else– at face value. Frankly, I’d rather not write about this at all, but it seems inappropriate for a site named “Russian Machine Never Breaks” not to address this somehow.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin shared the above photo on Instagram this morning.

In the photo, Ovechkin, wearing a t-shirt that reads “No War,” holds up a sheet of paper pasted to posterboard, reading  “#SAVE CHILDREN FROM FASCISM” [sic].

It sounds like an implicit message of support for the rebels of Ukrainian. Those rebels, allegedly been funded and armed by the Kremlin, have been fighting against the Ukranian government in an ever-escalating war. As of this morning, there are reports that as many as a thousand Russian soldiers have now joined that war. That, it seems, is how Russia intends to save children from fascism.

In short, this is chauvinistic Russian propaganda.

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Photo: Nash Futbol via Sports.ru

After training and skating with future aviators last week, Alex Ovechkin decided Sunday was the right time to take a load off, attending a CSKA Moscow / Spartak Moscow soccer game at Arena Khimki in Northwestern Moscow. CSKA and Spartak are heated rivals of the Russian Premier League. Spartak won 1-0.

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Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin continues to prepare for the season. After training at an undisclosed facility in (or near) Moscow last week, The Great Eight joined a Russian collegiate ice hockey team out on the Zvezda Ice Hall ice Monday in Moscow. Yes, instead of skating with KHL players, Ovechkin is now training with a bunch of future pilots at the Moscow Aviation Institute.

According to StudentSport.ru, Ovechkin liked the practice: “The level was good and there were enough selfies for everybody.”

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You knew it was coming. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has taken up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and he has done it in true Ovi fashion.

Wearing only tight black shorts and a gold necklace, Ovechkin– whose head is cut off in the video– introduces the video from a shower before dumping ice water on his head.

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On Monday, the Russian-language RBC-Sport released an exclusive interview between journalist Nikolay Chegorsky and Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. The Great Eight’s comments with Chegorsky aren’t as juicy as they were with Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov, but Ovechkin still manages to talk about some intriguing stuff.

The 28-year-old Russian shares insight into his relationship with Evgeny Kuznetsov, his offseason training regime, and explains the story behind those Instagram push-ups.

RMNB’s Fedor Fedin has your translation below.

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Happy Tweet Like Ovi Day! For those of you who are new to the site, every year on August 8th (8/8), we celebrate one of the wery best!!!!! hockey players in the world, Alex Ovechkin, and his one-of-a-kind communication style by tweeting like him all day.

To participate, just jump on your Twitter machine, shotgun cans of Red Bull until you’re shaking violently, and then start typing. Remember, recklessly abandoning all grammar and punctuation rules you learned in grade school is not just encouraged, it’s required.

We’re also asking you guys to conclude every tweet with a poignant hahahahahahaha of any length, some exuberant close parenthesis )))))), and the hashtag #TweetLikeOviDay. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll get this holiday trending in DC this year.

As always, if you need some style-guide tips, follow the master himself @Ovi8 and peruse his work. We’re also encouraging you guys to submit photos and Vines. Put on your favorite Nike t-shirts and hats, black out a tooth, grab a hockey stick, and strike a pose.

We’ll be embedding our favorite tweets of the day as they happen below.

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Pic via Oksana Zolotar

Earlier this morning, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tweeted links to his Instagram, where he published video of himself training. Ovi shows off sprinting at the track and — if I’m measuring right here — his approximately 75-foot vertical leap.

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Alex Ovechkin Involved in Minor Car Accident in Russia

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On Monday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin got in a minor car accident in Moscow’s northwestern suburb of Novogorsk, where Dynamo Moscow’s and Team Russia’s training facilities are located.

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The Washington Capitals had one of the best power plays in the league last season. They scored 68 goals on 278 opportunities for a 23.4 percent conversion rate, just behind Pittsburgh. They fired 85.8 unblocked shot attempts per 60 minutes on the PP, just behind San Jose. The Caps power play was deadly, but it was not perfect.

The Caps allowed ten shorthanded goals, the fourth highest total in the league. Alex Ovechkin, who played 93.2 percent of the Caps power play, fittingly, was on ice for 9 of those 10– sending his plus-minus, which is dumb and so is your face, down even further.

When we talk about things we want for the 2014-15 Capitals, ‘continued success on the power play’ is always part of it. But the Capitals should also look into what went wrong while playing a man up. Because it’s summer, and because I was worried that story about optimism might have made you unacceptably chipper, here’s a dour collection of 2013-14’s shorthanded goals and an assessment of who was to blame for each. Let’s party.

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