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If you’re a child, please X this post out and ask mommy or daddy to explain what he said.

After the game, Cal Clutterbuck noticed NBC’s cameras were on him, so he uttered some nasty words for Alex Ovechkin.

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Nicklas Backstrom just scored another game-tying goal. Today it came as the Caps were six minutes away from losing 1-0 to the Islanders.

Backstrom just shot it through a maze of players. Jaro Halak, screened, was eluded.

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A New York Islander just broke another stick, and the Caps just scored another goal.

After Matt Niskanen unleashed a puck from his Niscannon towards Jaro Halak, captain Alex Ovechkin smacked the rebound emphatically into the net.

HUGE.

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After Tuesday’s practice, NHL.com beat writer Katie Brown noticed Karl Alzner and John Carlson wearing new playoff hats. Overlaid on a silhouette of Abe Lincoln (with a hole in its head*) read the text My Man. Naturally, no one really understood the significance of the phrase or what it was doing on a team-prepared hat. Sure, the Abe Lincoln silhouette was a nod to the Caps’ post-victory Honest Abe award. But what about the phrase?

Brown made Alzner spill the beans.

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Alex Ovechkin on Shutout Win: ‘Eeeeeeee!’

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Alex Ovechkin didn’t score a goal on Wednesday. He didn’t get an assist either. Really, the only thing he contributed was getting elbowed in the face. But to Ovi, team success has always been more important than individual stuff. He celebrates harder for his teammates goals than for his own.

And now, this:

“Eeeeeeee!”

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Reminder: to be a professional hockey player, you have to be really, really tough. In the second period, Alex Ovechkin took a pass along the boards in the Bruins’ zone. Ovi cut to the center of ice where he was elbowed in the Adam’s apple by David Krejci.

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On Wednesday afternoon, NHLPA’s Chris Lomon published an article entitled Teammates Talk On Alex Ovechkin. There’s lots of great stuff about how Ovi is one of the greatest players in the world. But I want to point you to my favorite quote from teammate Troy Brouwer.

“The one thing I would love the hockey world to know about Alex is that has the worst style ever,” Brouwer said of his captain. “He only has a few suits and he wears a tuxedo shirt with one of his suits.”

Oh, c’mon, Troy. There’s no way that’s tru…

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This is amazing.

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Last night, the Washington Capitals found out that they had earned a playoff spot while flying back to DC from Detroit. According to the Caps’ Mike Vogel, there was a “loud cheer on the plane as [the] boys learned the news.”

If that wasn’t endearing enough, the Caps took a ridiculous celebration picture as Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, and Alex Ovechkin emerged from the plane. They smiled for the camera flailing their arms like it was an R. Kelly video.

Ovechkin didn’t stop there. Not even a little.

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It seems like everyone and their mom is sharing stats today about how great Alex Ovechkin is. (This was my personal favorite.) Instead, I’d like to focus on one of Ovechkin’s quirks that makes him similar to another generational athlete: Michael Jordan.

You see, like Mike, Ovechkin is inarguably one of the greatest scorers of his sport. And, like Mike, Ovi routinely sticks out his tongue before big moments in his career.

For instance, Ovechkin wagged his tongue last night before becoming the Capitals’ all-time goal-scoring king. I bet you didn’t even know that! As the Russian machine cut to the middle of the ice, evading a facing-the-wrong-direction PK Subban, he stuck his tongue out. Then he fired and scored, ripping a shot past Carey Price that made Price shake his head like, ‘What in the hell even was that?

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