Sunday night in Calgary, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin met superfan Cash Niebergall inside the locker room after the Caps’ 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. As you’ll recall, Ovechkin tossed a stick to tiny Cash in Edmonton, but the two never had a chance to meet. On Cash’s eighth birthday on Friday, Ovechkin reached out to the family and generously gave them tickets to the Flames game.
Inside the locker room, Ovechkin signed trading cards, jerseys, and the stick that he tossed to Cash last Wednesday in Edmonton. “Do you want me to personalize?” Ovechkin asked the star-struck eight-year-old, before inscribing To Cash, Best of luck! on the twig.
Every game, Alex Ovechkin seems to do something that is jaw-dropping and reminds you why he’s one of the greatest hockey players on earth. Against the Flames on Sunday, Ovechkin made a pinpoint pass to Matt Niskanen, but it wasn’t with his stick. Ovechkin redirected an errant pass from Justin Williams using the heel of his skate. It landed right on Niskanen’s stick.
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Wednesday night in Edmonton, Alex Ovechkin generously tossed one of his Bauer hockey sticks to tiny Caps fan Cash Niebergall. The gesture went viral on social media and moved Cash’s mother Miranda to tears. In a guest post on RMNB Thursday, Miranda explained how Cash — nicknamed Niebvechkin by his hockey teammates — hoped to get Ovi, his idol and favorite hockey player, to sign his stick. Cash waited after the game, but never ran into Ovi.
He will now get the opportunity.
Wednesday night at Rogers Place, Alex Ovechkin made national headlines for something other than scoring goals. During pregame warmups of the Oilers-Caps game, the Russian machine tossed his stick over the glass to a tiny Caps fan wearing an Ovechkin jersey.
We’ve since learned that the young boy’s name is Cash N., a youth hockey player who lives in Stony Plain, Alberta. Cash’s nickname from his teammates is Niebvechkin, a nod to his favorite player. According to an email from his mother Miranda, Ovi’s gesture to her son was one of the greatest moments of his life.
“The look on Cash’s face truly says it all,” she wrote.
The last time the Washington Capitals lost two straight games in regulation was March 13, 2015. Curtis Glencross led the way for the Capitals with a first period goal in the team’s 4-2 defeat to the Dallas Stars.
Nineteen months later, the Capitals crashed back to earth after a season of tremendous success. On Wednesday night, the Caps fell 4-1 in Edmonton to Oilers after losing their previous matchup against New York 4-2. The team has now won three of its six games.
Last year, the Capitals had one of the best regular-season performances of all time, capturing the Presidents’ Trophy. Despite bringing back a nearly identical roster, the 2016-17 campaign has gotten off to a choppy start.
“We got to perform better,” defensemen Matt Niskanen said after Wednesday’s loss. “Guys need to do their jobs. It’s a little uncomfortable here tonight after the game.”
The Caps Halloween Party has been a trip and now we’re three posts deep. First, we showed you most of the players’ costumes. Second, we presented you with video of rookie Zach Sanford (dressed as Dog The Bounty Hunter) singing Sweet Caroline and receiving back-up vocals from the rest of the team.
Now Alex Ovechkin just rocked the mic and did some karaoke. I’d say he sang a song, but it was more off-pitch word-yelling than anything else.
Sunday night, Capitals players held their annual Halloween Party at the Mari Vanna restaurant in Washington DC. The costumes were fantastic.
Superstar Alex Ovechkin slicked back his hair and put on a prisoner costume. His wife Nastya, who I’m guessing was his captor, dressed up as a police officer, potentially giving us an inside look into who truly wears the pants in that relationship. Meanwhile #CapsNeighbors Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky dressed up as stepbrothers and TJ Oshie and his wife Lauren were Mr. and Mrs Smith… with a twist.
Check out all the costumes below.
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