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Afternoon Line- Radko Gudas

“I think we shouldn’t play when the whole world is canceling season, hockey would be the only team sport trying to power through it like this. They won’t let us go to the Olympics so we won’t get injured, but they want to keep the NHL season running in these times. If we kept playing, our sport would be swimming against the current a bit.

“Money is money, it’s what currently makes the world go round. It’s a bit sad that they are willing to risk the health of so many players for money.”

-Radko Gudas of the Washington Capitals.  Ian Oland of Russian Machine Never Breaks has more from Gudas.

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Recently Slandered Women Speak Out

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

Two of the women victimized in a misogynistic chat that rocked the hockey world this week are saddened and disgusted with what happened to them.

The women agreed to speak with the Winnipeg Sun about the impact it’s had on them, although both said they’re more concerned about other women who suffered even more humiliating treatment than they did.

Chloe Giesbrecht, a 24-year-old Winnipegger, was out on a walk with a friend on Wednesday when she checked her phone and was shocked to find she was being mocked in a group chat on Instagram, led by NHL player Brendan Leipsic, a Winnipegger with the Washington Capitals.

“Thank god I was on a walk with my friend,” Giesbrecht said, Thursday. “The reason I wasn’t so negatively affected is I was with my friend, so she was able to say these are just low-life guys that are getting off on slandering women.

“When I read the other ones, it was so disgusting. Mine was bad, but I feel for the women whose name got brought up numerous times, and especially about their weight.”


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NHL Statement On Comments Made By Brendan Leipsic and Jack Rodewald

NEW YORK (May 6, 2020) – The National Hockey League today released the following statement regarding comments made by Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic and Florida Panthers forward Jack Rodewald:

“The National Hockey League strongly condemns the misogynistic and reprehensible remarks made by players Brendan Leipsic and Jack Rodewald in a private group chat that has surfaced on social media. There is no place in our League for such statements, attitudes and behavior, no matter the forum. We will address this inexcusable conduct with the clubs and players involved.”

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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...

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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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