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Alexander Ovechkin talks with Puck-rakers,
Q: What are your memories of Sergei Fedorov?
“He was one of our idols growing up. The Russian Five, the Detroit Red Wings win the Cup. He was one of the best players in the league and one of the best players in Russia.”
Q: When you think of the Columbus Blue Jackets, what comes to mind?
A: “Zherdev, (Rick) Nash and Fedorov.”
from On Frozen Blog,
I’m no engineer, but advancements in insulating materials are such that here in the home of NASA, is it delusional to imagine that some day soon some hockey lover in Greenbelt might devise a covering for arena ice that would preserve its integrity no matter the time of year, no matter the duration of hoops overtime?
I wonder. And it is in this vein I would have all of us who are concerned about this issue direct our thoughts. Capitals’ management wants a quality surface, of that I’m convinced. But at present, it can’t happen with consistency.
That needs to be addressed, somehow. It’s the right thing to do, for players and fans. And if that isn’t reason enough, I have one hundred and twenty four million others.
from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,
In the wake of Sidney Crosby’s ankle injury, a theory exists that Ovechkin is very much driven to making the NHL his league.
“While I don’t believe Alex would ever think in terms of the NHL being ‘his’ league, he does believe that it is his responsibility to be the best,” McPhee said.
“That was driven into him at a young age. He is comfortable performing in this light, seems to revel in the constant challenge it brings and may, indeed, see an opening this year to be regarded in this light.”
Whatever the motivation, it is working and if the Capitals stay close in the playoff hunt, and especially if they get there and he is at or near the top of the scoring leaders, it will be hard to bypass him for MVP honours.
from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,
Hockey may not yet be boffo box office again in the District, gauging by the empty seats. But at some point, even the casual puckhead is going to find it hard to stay away from Boudreau’s risky, gambling offensive style.
Watching Ovechkin and the Caps is like watching a greased pinball careen off bumpers for two hours. Yeah, they let a few through the flippers. But mostly the lights flash, the scoreboard lights up and the masses shuffle into the night feeling good about how they spent their quarter.
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thanks to Ted’s Take for the pointer…
from the AP via NHL.com,
Alex Ovechkin scored his fourth goal of the night with 1:26 left in overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
Ovechkin finished with four goals and one assist for five points, but the last one was the biggest. He took a crossing pass from Jeff Schultz and beat Montreal goalie Cristobal Huet from in front for the overtime goal.
The All-Star scored Washington’s first, third, fourth and fifth goals. He also assisted on Viktor Kozlov’s goal. Kozlov finished with a goal and two assists.
AO now has 43 goals this season.
video added 2/1/08
added 9:24am on 2/1/08, via Capitals Insider,
“Today was special day,” Ovechkin said after the team doctor went to work on his nose, which he broke for the fifth time. “I broke my nose, I have stitches, I score four goals. Everything go to my face.”
from the CP,
When the Washington Capitals come to town, a crowd forms quickly around 22-year-old scoring star Alexander Ovechkin.
Not far away, left in relative peace, sits Nicklas Backstrom, the 20-year-old rookie who picks up many of the assists on Ovechkin’s often spectacular goals.
As a duo, they promise to bring misery to NHL goaltenders for many years to come. But for now, Ovechkin is happy to absorb the pressure of expectation and endless media interviews.
“Backie’s a great guy,” Ovechkin said Tuesday as the Capitals prepared to the play the first of back-to-back games against the Montreal Canadiens. “He’s a little shy with you guys, but not us.”
from the AP via Yahoo,
“The playoff race is now on,” declared Washington Capitals owner and nonstop blogger Ted Leonsis in the 10:03 a.m. Friday entry of his Ted’s Take blog.
Wait a minute. Playoff race? Capitals?
Well, take a long, hard look at those standings as the NHL heads into the All-Star break. Washington (23-22-5) is one point behind first-place Carolina in the Southeast Division. Granted, it’s a weak division, but even this is more than anyone could have expected considering where the Capitals were two months ago.
Kris Beech has been claimed off waivers by the Washington Capitals, reports CKNW radio in Vancouver.
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
Ovechkin and Crosby will always be Bird and Magic, tied together by their passion and simultaneous entrance into the NHL. Even though Crosby sat next to the tan Mario Lemieux in the owners’ box Monday night, the game still had that Crosby-“Big O” edge. Capitals fans boo Crosby and Penguins fans boo Ovechkin.
Yes, Monday’s game had it all. Ten goals, stars shining brightly, monstrous hits, blocked shots, a shootout and little balls of hate. The only thing better would have been if Georges Laraque and Donald Brashear got into a fight, knocked each other’s heads off, and then, after sliding across the ice, the two heads started fighting.
from The Good, The Bad, And The Duthie,
From the opening face-off, it looked like a couple of guys trying to show-off to win the same girl (Natalia maybe?) They were ridiculously dangerous on almost every shift. They went after each other, with Ovechkin trying to flatten Malkin in the Danger Zone (ask Dean McAmmond where that is), and then almost scrapping moments later. It was Anything You Can Do…translated in Russian.
Watch the attempted hit by Ovechkin on Malkin…
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