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Saturday was a glorious night for Caps fans. Alex Ovechkin scored a hat trick, hitting the 50-goal plateau for the third straight season. He is the first player in National Hockey League history to hit the half-century mark in three straight seasons twice.

Fittingly, Nicklas Backstrom assisted on all three of Ovi tallies, giving the Swedish pivot 50 assists in an injury-shortened campaign. Ovi aknowledged him on Instagram after the game.

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Alex Ovechkin Scores 50 Goals for Seventh Time (GIF)

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Alex Ovechkin has hit the 50 goal mark. Again.

With an even strength one-timer from his “spot,” Alex Ovechkin has hit the 50 goal mark for the seventh time in his career, giving himself a hat-trick on the night and his Capitals a 5-1 lead.

Wow.

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Alex Ovechkin is stocky and swift. With one quick move, he can leave you bloody and terrified. Ovechkin is aggressive, never backing down from a fight, leaving people who come near him begging their don’t feel the brunt of his attack. But I’m taking about two different animals. One of them plays hockey for the Washington Capitals. The other is a dog.

Friday night on National Geographic Wild’s Cesar 911, hosted famed “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan, one of them was featured. It didn’t involve terrible Russian EDM, so I’m sorry to say it was Ovechkin the German Shepard, who sported an Ovi Winter Classic jersey in one of the pictures shown on the show.

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CSN Mid-Atlantic has been sharing highlights of Alex Ovechkin’s career all season. To celebrate baseball being back, tonight’s Ovechkin Moment was from September 27, 2006, when the Russian machine threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Washington Nationals game. It is so awkward and yet so amazing.

In the clips, Ovechkin is 21-years-old and has all his teeth. He does not know how to play the baseball.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is not only one of the best players in the NHL, he’s also one of the most colorful. Wearing skates with bright yellow laces, Ovechkin has a unique style, which he exhibits in both his celebrations and hockey equipment.

During his illustrious career, Ovechkin’s worn skates with hand-painted sheep during the Olympics. He’s also worn gloves that have tributes to his late brother Sergei. Ovechkin even once wore a mirrored and tinted visor when he first arrived, but nearly a decade ago he stopped wearing it.

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Alex Ovechkin had a subtle change made to his Bauer Supreme 1S sticks. In a delivery two weeks ago, Bauer published an Instagram photo Ovi’s newly-delivered black and gold twigs. If you look closely, you’ll notice that Ovi’s Nike number 8 logo has been added to the stick.

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Sweatpants-over-jeans innovator Alex Ovechkin is on the cover of DC Modern Luxury magazine for the month of April. Ovechkin was named one of magazine’s Men of Style. This is an interesting choice considering Ovechkin wears sweatpants to everything – like a TV show honoring himself.

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NBCSN continues to employ Pierre McGuire for reasons I don’t understand and Pierre McGuire continues to say things that are dumb. During the second period, Alex Ovechkin had the Caps’ best scoring chance up to that point after he carried the puck up two-thirds of the ice, shed a Flyers defenseman like a boss, and beat Steve Mason cleanly. It would have been a goal except the post had a different idea.

Pierre McGuire had analysis and it was weird.

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Last night, I watched the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 with my wife while my kitten slept on my lap. As I was going to bed, I checked Instagram as any good blogger would do and noticed an excited Alex Ovechkin posting photos from a Tiesto concert in Washington DC.

Ovechkin and his fiancee Nastya Shubskaya traveled to Club Glow to watch the noted Rangers fan deejay a set after the Caps’ 4-0 loss to the Blues. “Nice to see u bro! @tiesto always the best time!))))” Ovechkin wrote on Instagram.

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During a wide-ranging interview with Igor Rabiner of Sports-Express , Barry Trotz talked about what it’s like to coach four Russians and one of the best players in the history of the game.

Trotz touched on how Alex Ovechkin can hold onto his unique scoring touch — and if he does, get “very close” to Wayne Gretzky’s goal-scoring record.

“Can he do it? Yes,” Trotz said. “But as he gets older, Alex will need to pay even more attention to every little hockey detail, starting with post-game recovery. But Ovechkin is a special athlete, an extraordinary talent. He has a gift from above to score goals.”

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