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Video- Welcome To The 700 Club Alex Ovechkin

Other players in the 700 goal club welcome Ovechkin.

 

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Alex Ovechkin And Ilya Kovalchuk Together At Practice

from Samantha Pell of The Washington Post,

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and his newest teammate, and longtime friend, Ilya Kovalchuk skated around the ice at Tuesday’s morning skate, laughing as they embraced.

The two have talked about playing on the same team since they were around 13 and 14 years old, and after the Capitals acquired Kovalchuk on Sunday night for a 2020 third-round draft pick, it’s finally happening. Two of the most influential players in Russia will reunite, with the goal of bringing Washington its second Stanley Cup in three years. They are the top two active Russian goal-scorers in the NHL.

“I’m excited for him, excited for the opportunity,” Ovechkin said. “And he’s a good fit for our team, brings some depth, brings lots of options to play with, so it’s good.”

Ovechkin said the two have joked about what it would be like to play on the same NHL team — they have played together on the national team — and they had dinner back in December, when rumors of Kovalchuk potentially coming to the Capitals started to swirl. They kept in touch, and finally, the jokes turned into a reality as they donned their matching yellow laces Tuesday at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.

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Kovalchuk Joining Ovechkin

 

added 8:37pm, Washington release is below.

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Video- 700 For Alex Ovechkin

Oveckin becomes the 8th NHL player to reach 700 goals.

 

 

added 3:20pm, below, via the NHL PR department...

added 3:26pm, extended video below...

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Washington Capitals Acquire Brenden Dillon

added 3:51pm, San Jose release is below.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks for a 2020 second round pick (originally acquired from Colorado) and a conditional 2021 third round pick, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. In addition, San Jose has agreed to retain 50 percent of Dillon’s salary and cap hit.

“Brenden is an experienced defenseman who plays a solid defensive game with a high compete level and physicality,” said MacLellan. “We felt it was important for us to add a player of his caliber to our defensive group.”

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Video- Alex Ovechkin Now Has 40 Goals After A Natural Hat Trick Tonight

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Alex Ovechkin reaches 40 goals for the 11th time, scoring a natural hat trick for the Washington Capitals in under five minutes to rally from being a goal down to winning the game 4-2 against the Los Angeles Kings.

 

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Others On Ovechkin’s Quest For 800+ Goals

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

The NHL 700-goal club is ready to welcome Alex Ovechkin with open arms.

But its members said they do not expect the Washington Capitals forward to be satisfied when he joins them. They suspect he'll move on quickly -- and past most of them -- in pursuit of Wayne Gretzky's NHL record of 894 goals....

NHL.com talked with each of the six living 700-goal scorers, all members of the Hockey Hall of Fame except Jagr, who continues to play professionally in the Czech Republic at 47 years old, as well as Mark Howe, a Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman and son of Gordie, who died in 2016.

The consensus is that 700 will be just a pitstop for Ovechkin.

"Well, he's going to get to 800, there's no doubt in my mind, as long as he's not hurt or anything like that," Dionne said. "One day, it could stop, but I don't see how. He's got tremendous energy and he's fun to watch."...

Mark Howe, a longtime scout for the Detroit Red Wings, remembers bringing his dad along a few times to watch the Capitals. Like many, Mr. Hockey was drawn to Ovechkin.

"He admired the way that [Ovechkin] played," Howe said. "He was big and powerful, and anybody recognizes what an awesome shot he has. Something that really stood out is Alex has a real passion for scoring goals. Not everybody has that passion. There's guys that want to score. He loves to score goals. And the other part is he tries to embrace the crowd with it.

"I know Dad always felt that it's important for players to give back, and I think he felt that Alex did that."

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Video- Alex Ovechkin Wears #24 In The Warmup

Respect.

 

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Video- MLB Player Ryan Zimmerman Puts On The Pads

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Nicklas Backstrom Re-Signs With The Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Nicklas Backstrom to a five-year, $46 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Backstrom’s contract will carry an average annual value of $9.2 million.

Backstrom, 32, is the all-time franchise leader in assists (668) and one of just two players to record at least 900 points with the Capitals (Backstrom: 908; Alex Ovechkin: 1,255), reaching the mark on Dec. 20, 2019 against the New Jersey Devils. Backstrom is the only active player in the NHL that has recorded at least 50 assists in six consecutive seasons. Last season, he became the 26th player in NHL history and one of two active players (Joe Thornton, San Jose) to accomplish this feat. Of the 25 other players to reach this mark, 23 are in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The other two, Thornton and Henrik Sedin, are not yet eligible for the Hall of Fame. Additionally, Backstrom is the only player in the NHL to record at least 20 goals and 50 assists in the last four consecutive seasons. Backstrom’s 0.69 assists per game mark since 2014-15 are tied for fourth in the NHL among players with at least 100 games played during that span. In addition, his 668 career assists rank fourth among active players.

Backstrom has recorded 35 points (9g, 26a) in 39 games this season. His 52.1 shot attempt percentage at five-on-five (564 shot attempts for, 517 shot attempts against) ranks first among Capitals forwards with at least 13 minutes per game at five-on-five.

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