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After defeating the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, head coach Adam Oates gave the team the day off on Wednesday. That means the Washington Capitals were let loose in Los Angeles, California. While some players hung out by the pool, others — like the Russian trio of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov — went shopping.

It went about how you would expect.

First, they rode in a cab together, which is a photo opportunity, I guess. iPhones out!

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Since we’re nearing the end of Valentine’s Day, let’s end on something cute, shall we? Thursday, during Russia’s 5-2 win over Slovenia, Alex Ovechkin‘s fiancee, Maria Kirilenko, was watching the game in the stands like normal.

What she was wearing was a bit remarkable though. The day before, the Russian language Sport-Express spoke to Maria and asked her if she’d be wearing an Ovi jersey. She did at Dynamo games. You’d think the answer to this question would be simple, but it’s not when you’re dealing with famous athletes who have big-money equipment deals with even more famous athletic companies.

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With the Sochi Olympics less than two months away, Nike is upping their promotion game. A few weeks ago, they debuted their English “Play Russian” ad. Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin tweeted out a special Russian language version of the commercial, and this one features a lot more screen time for The Great Eight.

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On June 13, 2008, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin launched his clothing line with CCM. The lifestyle apparel, which featured a fancy number eight logo (that hinted at the Kremlin), was available for purchase online, in stores, and at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Three years later, Ovechkin cut ties with CCM and signed a six-year equipment deal with Bauer and an undisclosed meg endorsement deal with Nike. I assumed a new line of Ovechkin lifestyle clothing would be coming. For two years, it never did.

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We’re a hockey/astronomy blog, but if I told you a quarter of last week’s traffic came from stories in which Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin modeled things, you wouldn’t blame me for going back to the well one moar time.

And so: Nike debuted its Nike Tech Pack, Tech Fleece collection two weeks ago, and Ovi is one of many famous athletes who modeled for the collection.

Via Nike Inc.’s corporate blog:

Few of us will ever know what it’s like to be a professional athlete. The rush of competing on a world stage atop perfectly groomed fields, courts, and tracks while millions of fans scream your name is a feeling we can only dream of.

Downtime while getting to and from practice is often an athlete’s only moment of relaxation. But truthfully, the spotlight never turns off. Even during their off moments these athletes are on.

In those moments comfort is everything. For that, athletes like Rory McIlroy, Matt Kemp, Kyrie Irving, Adrian Peterson, Alexander Ovechkin, Jon Jones, Neymar Jr., Allyson Felix, Perry Shakes-Drayton, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Kevin Prince Boateng, Paul Rodriguez, Rafa Nadal, and Li Na turn to the next generation of classic sport apparel: Nike’s Tech Pack, Tech Fleece Collection.

I’m pretty sure that’s supposed to be inspiring or something.

Regardless of if you’re going to buy them or not, here are a bunch of overly dramatic black and white photos of Alex Ovechkin.

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On Monday, we covered the Russian national team’s extravagant event where they released their new Olympic jerseys. The sweaters, modeled by Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and women’s player Alexandra Kapustina, looked totally awesome from afar. Now, Nike has released promotional pics of their own that focus in on the details of the sweaters. They’re pretty impressive. And once again, Sasha is modeling for them.

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson is a longshot to make the US Olympic team (though they really could use some more right shots), but the young defenseman was asked to participate in the USA’s orientation camp held this week at Kettler Capitals Iceplex anyway.

On Tuesday, during a ceremony featuring Ted Leonsis looking ever-more-svelte, Team USA unveiled their new Olympic jerseys for Sochi. They were first modeled by Chris Drury and Bill Guerin before the rest of the team was introduced to the crowd. Carlson got a loud cheer from the home crowd.

The sweaters, designed by Nike, come in white and navy blue and feature a newly designed US logo and shimmering stars along the shoulder area. They also feature faux ties (like Russia’s jerseys ew ew ew), and a neckline inscription that reads, “Land of the free, home of the brave.”

Below, check out a closer look at the US’s new duds and few more pics of our main man Carly.

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Is Alex Ovechkin frustrated with how the season ended? I don’t know, you tell me. Ovi wore a pretty expressive Nike shirt today during his final meeting with the press.

“It’s just what I already pick from my closet,” Ovi said with a frown when asked about his attire.

Additional reporting by Chris Gordon.

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And now we have two Alex Ovechkin commercials for Nike in consecutive days. Here we find the Russian machine showing off both his trick shot ability and deep love for citrus fruits. As an elderly Russian woman drops some groceries walking home, Ovechkin — always eager to be a good sumaritan — discreetly shoots an orange into her basket. Awesome.

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Alex Ovechkin signed with Nike a year and a half ago, and now — after all that waiting — he’s finally been put in a commercial, albeit for three seconds. But those three seconds sure are glorious. Watch as Ovi, Steven Stamkos, P.K. Subban, and others pine for hockey to return.

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