A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the Washington Capitals were dominating the NHL leaderboard. Another fun milestone comes tonight. Alex Ovechkin has taken over the league lead in points from… Nicklas Backstrom! Yup, it’s still a great (er, GR8) time to be a Caps fan.
Photo: Patrick McDermott
Alex Ovechkin just scored again– this time thanks to a smart play by Brooks Orpik. Orpik, winding up from the point, fired a shot that Leafs goaltender James Reimer could not corral. The rebound spilled to Ovechkin in the slot, who backhanded the puck home.
Thirty-three seconds into Sunday’s game, Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th goal of the season and his 462nd career goal. It’s the seventh time Ovi’s done that in his ten NHL seasons.
Naturally, this was deserving of a celebration.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was in Washington DC yesterday. While he was in town, he took in the Caps-Pens rivalry game from the owner’s box at Verizon Center. Bettman also held court with the local media.
When asked about the growth of hockey in the DC Area over the last decade, Bettman marveled at the job both Alex Ovechkin and Ted Leonsis have done. Seconded.
“It’s the Ovechkin era and there’s an era that’s a little bit longer than that one and I would call that the [Ted] Leonsis era,” Bettman said beaming. “I think Ted’s ownership of this franchise has been nothing short of phenomenal in terms of how the community has been engaged and in terms of how fans have connected with and interacted with this franchise; the stability of ownership and management has been very important.”
Then it got weird. Bettman credited (I think) definitely-not-Washington Capital Evgeni Malkin.
Ahead of the Capitals rivalry night game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, NBC’s Jeremy Roenick sat awkwardly on a couch with three-time MVP Alex Ovechkin. Necklessly, Roenick asked Ovechkin about his passion for the game and how he felt about the constant criticism he receives from the media.
Ovechkin answered in Runglish. He made a boat metaphor.
The full transcript is below.
The Caps lost, and we’re all bummed, so I’ll keep this short.
Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 39th goal of the season on Wednesday in a failed comeback bid against the Penguins. It was a lonely bright spot in a dreary evening.
After taking a pass from John Carlson, Ovechkin nailed a one-timer through Marc-Andre Fleury. It was his third goal of the season against the Pens.
On Tuesday, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz spoke to Sportsnet during their Hockey Central broadcast. In the interview Trotz gave an update on Mike Green’s future and shared his feelings on the coaching of Alex Ovechkin before last summer.
“I think there were some things that probably happened before I was here that led to certain things,” Trotz said, speaking in broad terms. “There was some bad advice given to Ovi at times in how they wanted him to play.”
“Ovi’s a guy that will do what you ask,” he continued. “He’s bluntly honest. It’s actually a strength, not a weakness.”
This year, Trotz has moved Ovechkin back to left wing and demanded more of him defensively. Ovechkin leads the league in goals, and the Capitals are challenging for the division lead.
“I made it pretty simple,” Trotz said. “When you have the puck do what you do. When you don’t have the puck, I want you to do what I want you to do. If you do that, you’ll have the puck more.”
The full transcription of his interview with Sportsnet is below.
The Washington Capitals arrived in Philadelphia on Saturday ahead of their Sunday matinee with the Flyers. As of 11:30 PM, things in the team’s hotel were going fine.
Ovi watches fan metro’ing home. (Photo: @of_elk)
Tonight, the Washington Capitals gave away Alex Ovechkin bobbleheads to everyone in attendance. Before the game (inspired by Reader Greta) we asked you guys to tweet us your own personal photos with the Ovi bobblehead. Some of them were really clever – such as the one of Ceramic Ovi pointing to The Ovi Spot. And some, like the above photo, kind of made us wonder.
Like why did someone break their bobblehead? They could totally get like $40 for that ish on eBay! Why does the person sitting in front of it not seem bothered at all that a decapitated ceramic head is staring back at her? Also, how did someone manage to perfectly wedge that noggin in-between the seat railing. I have so many questions.
Regardless, here are my favorite 20 photos you guys sent us. Keep being weird, you weirdos.
On February 19th, 2015, let it be remembered that 59 games into the season, the Caps were straight pwning the NHL’s leaderboard. Alex Ovechkin leads the league in goals (38) and Nicklas Backstrom leads the league in both assists (45) and points (63). Ovi is also third in the league in points and trails Backstrom by two.