And then on Wednesday, Ovechkin’s first foray into back-up vocals found its way onto the internet. This is worth four minutes of your undivided or somewhat distracted attention. Maybe pretend to work on a spreadsheet or something while watching this.
During the lockout, stars of the Russian national team gathered in Novogorsk along with Russian pop star Irina Allegrova to film a music video for the song Shaybu Shaybu, a pump-up pop number for the Sochi Olympics.
While I was watching The Daily Show last night, a new national commercial for Verizon Wireless popped up on the screen. I pretty much ignored it until I heard the word “Ovi.” uuuuuuuuAH? You know I re-wound that ish on my DVR.
Washington Capitals forwards Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich star in a new commercial for Verizon where they show up out of nowhere at a local hospital. No, they’re not there for the dude in pain laying on the gurney. They’re there for his son suffering from an acute case of #FOMOH: The Fear Of Missing Out on Hockey.
This is a nice picture. (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott)
When the Caps’ leading scorer Alex Ovechkin went down with an upper-body injury last week, some wondered where the team’s scoring would come from. Well, during Ovi’s six period absence the Washington Capitals scored 10 goals. Never mind I guess. With him back in the lineup Tuesday against the New York Islanders, they continued their blazing offensive pace, winning 6-2. As usual, Ovi was at the center of the action, registering three points in his return to the ice.
“I feel great,” Ovechkin told reporters after the game. “I feel pretty fresh out there. Of course, I have couple days off, couple breaks.”
Fehrsie looking resplendent at right wing. (Photo credit: Greg Fiume)
Martin Erat and Eric Fehr have both spent significant time this season stuck on the fourth line, a misuse of their considerable talent. But with Alex Ovechkin missing his second game due to an upper-body injury, both wingers now find themselves on Washington’s top trio, skating 20 minutes a night. In 120 minutes of play, the new first line of Erat, Nicklas Backstrom, and Fehr has been fantastic, registering three goals and nine points. For Nick, three of his five goals this year have come in the last two days.
So what’s the key to Nick’s newfound goal scoring ability, and the line’s success as a whole? Well, Ovechkin has generated the vast majority of the first line’s shots this season. Though they are improving, Johansson and Backstrom had the maddening tendency to pass, pass, pass early in the year. Without Ovi, has Backstrom been forced shoot the puck more, always an important factor in scoring goals? In short, no. When I asked him about it, Backstrom insisted that he wasn’t directing any more pucks toward the net than usual. A little late-night research backs him up. Nick has attempted three shots in each of the two games without Ovechkin, roughly in line with his normal pace. So, some nice shots and a bit of luck.
“Yeah, that’s just a coincidence,” Backstrom said with some sass.
Nevertheless, the temporary first line has been impressive. Erat and Fehr deserve credit for holding their own in a new and challenging position, each playing on their third different line this year. Fehr, especially, made a large jump, playing two total polar opposite roles in one week. Monday in Vancouver, he played 12 minutes as the gritty fourth line center. Saturday, he played almost twenty minutes as the first line right wing.
With Alex Ovechkinout with an upper-body injury and Hershey call-up Dmitry Orlov an apparent scratch, the Washington Capitals won’t have a Russian player in their lineup since [gulp] April 4, 2004. Yeah. The pre-Ovechkin, fire-sale era. (Alex Semin was on the roster, but did not play.)
Look at this lineup. It is terrible. Half of these players, I have no idea even who the hell they even are. This was the final game the Caps played before the lockout. Washington lost the game 4-3 to the Penguins, who were also terrible back then.
College sweethearts Mick Klock and Haley Buckheit are huge Washington Capitals fans. Their first real date was Game One of the Caps/Rangers playoff series last year. Mick was already a huge fan of the sport, and after that night Haley was one too.
Since then, the couple, who both live in Pennsylvania, have come down to D.C. for Caps games and bought a partial season ticket plan with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.
Mick and Haley wanted to have a couple’s Halloween costume, preferably one that honored their favorite team. They decided to dress up as supercouple Alex Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko. Their costumes are perfect from the blacked-out tooth to the tennis racket.
With 10 goals in 12 games, Ovechkin had been on one of the hottest streaks of his career– one driven primarily by a dependably high shot volume rather than an unsustainable shooting percentage. Missing Friday’s game imperils Alex Ovechkin’s bid to break the single-season shooting record held by Phil Esposito as well as his position near the top of the league’s scoring leaders.
Sometime during Monday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkinsuffered an upper body injury. “I think [the injury happened] in the first period sometime,” head coach Adam Oates said to Monumental Network on Wednesday. “He was sore. [Head athletic trainer Greg Smith ] told me he was a little sore. I think as the game went along probably a little sorer. Yesterday was an off-day, we traveled, so he’s getting checked out today.”
I re-watched the entire first period of the game Wednesday night. Frequent RMNB GIF contributor Hana Imiolczyk (welshhockeyfan) did too. When did Ovechkin get hurt and what is the nature of the injury?