Don’t put the Capitals on the power play. I thought that was clear by now, but the Columbus Blue Jackets did it anyway. Worse: with Justin Falk’s bloody high stick on Marcus Johansson, Washington got a super-sized, 4-minute man advantage.
The Caps scored twice. Evgeny Kuznetsov got the primary assist on both. (This team, jeez.)
If there’s one non-hockey thing Evgeny Kuznetsov has picked up from Alex Ovechkin, it’s celebrating teammates’ goals as hard as his own. On Sunday night, Justin Williams scored a hat trick after Kuznetsov forced a turnover. When the puck hit the back of the net, Kuznetsov pumped his arms into the air and gave Williams a huge hockey hug.
Ten years ago, Alex Ovechkin scored his most memorable goal, a twirling, falling down prayer that beat Coyotes goalie Brian Boucher. The goal happened in front of Wayne Gretzky, the game’s greatest player and the Coyotoes coach at the time. Naturally, Ovechkin blew a kiss to him.
During the first intermission of Caps-Sabres, CSN Mid Atlantic aired a video, where the players and media who were there recounted the goal.
Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, president Dick Patrick, and general manager Brian MacLellan joined Ovechkin, Ovechkin’s parents Mikhail and Tatyana, and Ovechkin’s fiancé Nastya Shubskaya on the ice. The team began the ceremony by showing a video on the jumbotron with a litany of NHL legends congratulating Ovechkin on the feat. It was capped off by Wayne Gretzky. “You’ve brought a lot of joy to a lot of people around the world,” The Great One said.
You’re going to want to get to Verizon Center on time for the Caps-Canucks game Thursday night. The Capitals will be holding a pre-game ceremony at 7pm honoring Alex Ovechkin and his 500th career goal. Ovechkin’s parents, Mikhail and Tatyana, and fiancé Nastya Shubskaya will join the Russian machine on the ice. The team will be presenting him a “special gift.”
On January 13, 2016, In Interview, By Rachel Cohen
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We always knew Alex Ovechkin was gr8 on and off the ice. On Wednesday we learned more about Ovechkin the teammate.
In his weekly segment with the Sports Junkies, Brooks Laich revealed that, in a recent season, teammate Alexander Ovechkin bought every single teammate Breitling watches. (Laich couldn’t remember the exact season but said it was the season that Alex had “cleaned up with the trophies,” so it could’ve been 2007-08; when Ovi won the Rocket Richard, Art Ross, Lester B. Pearson, and Hart trophies; or 2012-13, the most recent year that he won the Richard and Hart.)
Breitling watches are not cheap. They retail anywhere from $3,000 – 9,825 each. Alex Ovechkin spent at least $90,000 on watches for his team.
On Sunday, Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th career goal, becoming the 43rd player in NHL history to accomplish the feat. I said on Monday night after our 11th article relating to the goal, and I will say it again during our 12th: there were so many tiny, wonderful moments contained inside that one, we’re still sorting through them all.
While Williams didn’t assist on the tally, he was on the ice when Ovechkin scored. And just like he has been all throughout his career, Williams was calm under fire, remembering to pick up the milestone puck before joining in on the team’s celebration.