Early Friday, Alex Ovechkin arrived in Los Angeles for the 2017 All-Star Weekend and has kept himself busy ever since. In the afternoon, Ovechkin filmed a commercial for Beats By Dre.
In the evening, Ovechkin traveled to the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles ahead of the NHL’s Top 100 Ceremony. While he had a free moment before the ceremony, Ovechkin, who is expected to be on that prestigious list, posed with his Olympic gold medal-winning mother Tatyana, his wife Nastya, his older brother Mikhail, and his father Mikhail.
When Barry Trotz came to Washington in 2014, one of his primary goals was to broaden Alex Ovechkin‘s game.
In their first meeting after Trotz was hired in 2014, Trotz told Ovechkin he wanted him to be a more two-way and defensively responsible player without hindering his offensive production.
In a sense, that has happened. Washington has allowed fewer than 2 goals per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 hockey the last two seasons, and opponents see fewer overall shot attempts when Ovechkin’s on the ice when compared to the Oates and Hunter years.
But whatever progress we’ve seen in Ovechkin’s defensive game risks undoing this season. Lately, when Ovi hits the ice, it’s a feeding frenzy for opponent scoring chances.
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin took a moment after a decisive, if non-Bailamos-worthy, 5-2 win over New Jersey Devils on Thursday night to wish his big brother Mikhail a happy birthday via an Instagram post.
Wednesday, the NHL went into overdrive to promote the 2017 All-Star Game. This year’s three-on-three tournament is being held in Los Angeles, California. So the NBC, the NHL, and the NHL’s 30 franchises released pun-filled movie posters to promote their #HockeyGoesHollywood campaign.
Braden Holtby “starred” in Beauty and the HoltBeast. Meanwhile Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin stated “if they freeze it, we will skate” in Rink of Dreams.
Late in the second period, the Washington Capitals fell behind to the Ottawa Senators 3-0. The Caps appeared tired from playing their third game in four nights. Either frustrated or trying to light a fire under his team, captain Alex Ovechkin took a rare opportunity to get physical.
After taking a slash in the shins from Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Ovechkin went into Must Break You mode and tried to crush the tiny, 180-pound center.
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