Tuesday night, Evgeny Kuznetsov continued his dominance in three-on three overtime, registering his league-leading 38th primary assist of the season on Alex Ovechkin’s game-winning goal. And it happened on Russian Heritage Night at Verizon Center.
On Tuesday, March 15, the Caps will come out for warm-ups looking more like leprechauns than hockey players. That’s because the Caps will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with limited-edition green sweaters.
The jerseys feature a subtractive green and white Caps logo. The shoulder features four leaf clovers and a plaid green pattern you’d more likely see on a kilt. There are also gold borders on the shoulder patches and number on the back.
The Capitals are already auctioning these bad boys off. The funds raised will benefit the Anacostia Waterfront Trust, which “supports activities to restore water quality consistent with a watershed strategic vision and plan.” That sounds good to me — especially with the eagle population beginning to rebound around the city. (I love birds.)
Judging by the demand online, the jerseys are popular. Shop.NHL.com is almost sold out of the Caps version already.
For those who love your hockey with a side of hip hop, I have some fun news for you. Last week when Alex Ovechkin dropped by the ESPN Los Angeles set, he spoke at length about his relationship with Lil’ Wayne during an interview with Neil Everett and Barry Melrose.
In summary: Ovi is Lil’ Wayne’s “dude” and Lil’ Wayne is Ovi’s “man.”
Thursday night, a day after the Caps’ 4-3 overtime loss to Los Angeles, Alex Ovechkin had dinner with the greatest Kings (and NHL) player of all-time, Wayne Gretzky. In fact, it was a hockey double date.
According to Ovechkin’s fiancee, Nastya Shubskaya, Gretzky’s wife Janet organized the night out in Malibu. Wayne’s son Ty Gretzky also joined.
“Tnx for gr8 time !!!u the best!!!!,” Ovechkin wrote on Instagram.
The two couples ate at Nobu Malibu, a fancy oceanfront restaurant which encourages reservations “be made up to one month in advance.” Between the two players, Ovechkin and Gretzky have scored 1,410 goals and totaled 3,813 points during their careers. I’m sure they had a lot of gr8 things to talk about.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had a pretty awesome Tuesday night. With the Caps in Los Angeles a day ahead of their game against the Kings, Ovechkin took in a basketball game at the Staples Center. After the Los Angeles Lakers’ 107-94 win over the Orlando Magic, Ovechkin went back into the lockerroom, where he met up with future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant and Novak Djokovic – the number one ranked tennis player in the world. You can’t make this stuff up.
The three athletes took several photos together.
Late in overtime, the Washington Capitals had a chance to end the game when the Anaheim Ducks took a too-many-men penalty. It gave the Caps a four-on-three power play, which they frittered away 16 seconds later when TJ Oshie closed his hand on the puck.
On the live telecast, you could see Caps captain Alex Ovechkin protesting the delay of game penalty by standing directly in front of official Gord Dwyer who was trying to announce the call. Dwyer seemed testy, waving his arms around all willy nilly at Ovechkin, but it was nothing too out of the ordinary.
In February, two RMNB readers, Daniel and Katie, told us that they had named their new child after two of their favorite Caps players, Braden Holtby and Alex Ovechkin. Naturally, we had to share the news of tiny Braden Alexander with all of you. The post was one of our most-read articles of February and NHL Live even showed a picture of tiny Braden on TV.
That reception was wonderful — Daniel and Katie thanked me approximately a million times through email — but that’s not the end of the story. A few days later, the Capitals reached out to me privately and asked if I could arrange for a package be sent to Daniel and Katie.
You’re never going to believe what they were sent.
Alex Ovechkin has been suspended several times in his career for illegal bodychecks from behind. Saturday night in Boston, Ovechkin was given a major penalty for boarding, after hitting defenseman Kevan Miller in the numbers.
Miller was pinching inside the Caps defensive zone when the puck hopped over his stick. As he turned back to play the biscuit, Ovechkin crunched him into the boards. A scrum ensued while Miller remained on the ice.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 41st goal of the season and 516th goal of his career in the first period of Caps-Maple Leafs game. Unlike many of the 515 tallies that preceded this one, Ovi didn’t really have to do anything.
Ovechkin’s Swedish BFF, Nicklas Backstrom, did all the hard work, authoring a brilliant saucer pass — on his backhand — right into Ovi’s wheel house. The Russian Machine then one-timed the puck home past Jonathan Bernier to give the Caps a 2-0 lead.
Wednesday morning, Team Russia announced the first 16 players on its World Cup of Hockey roster. Among those first 16 were three Capitals players: Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov.
This is the first World Cup of Hockey in 12 years. The last WCH was in 2004 and was won by Canada. Unlike the IIHF World Championships, the World Cup of Hockey is organized by the NHL, with NHL rules, and is timed to not overlap with the Stanley Cup Playoffs.