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Ovechkin to Kuznetsov to Ovechkin

Slick passing play:

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Mr. Big Deal

Alex Ovechkin’s latest foray into the marketing world is on behalf of Mr. Big chocolate bars.  Here’s one of their newly released vids:

More of AO’s spots for Mr. Big—7 in total—will be posted at their Youtube channel over the course of this week.

 

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Ovechkin Not Sure If He Will Play Tomorrow

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

“I don’t know. It’s not my decision,” Ovechkin said. “How I said, I’m ready to go, but I don’t know how it’s going to work right now with tomorrow.”

Asked if he was 100 percent healthy, or could be at this time of the year, Ovechkin didn’t answer the question directly. “Everybody wants to be 100 percent, but right now it’s time to recover best from what happened to you.”

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Afternoon Line

“I think right now we clinch playoff spot and right now all the organization focus is about playoffs.  I think right now is a good time to you know, make some rest for my body. I feel something couple months, I have it and right now it’s a good time to recover it and be good in playoffs.

“It was our collective decision. We talk about probably two weeks before that and again it was pretty hard.  But when we win some games in a row and felt good, we just said: ‘OK, it’s time to do it right now.’”

-Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on his injury.  More from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider.

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Ovechkin Needs To Heal Up

from Mike Vogel of Capitals.com,

When the Caps take to the ice in Philadelphia on Tuesday for a crucial late-season tilt with the Flyers, they’ll do so without team captain Alex Ovechkin. The Washington left wing will be sidelined for a short period of time with an undisclosed ailment.

With Washington’s playoff berth all but cemented with three weeks remaining in the season, and with Tuesday’s game in Philadelphia being the only game the Capitals play over a span of six days, this was the optimal time for Ovechkin to step back for a few games and take some time to heal up and get his body ready for the rigorous run that is the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“He just needs to take some time off to get completely healed up,” says Caps’ general manager George McPhee, who estimates the Caps’ captain would require somewhere in the neighborhood of 7-10 days away from the lineup.

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Video- Watch Out Ovechkin

Must have caught a stick to the left side of the face while on the bench…

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Don’t Worry About Ovechkin

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

Coming into Sunday, Ovechkin averaged 21 minutes 34 seconds per night, which means he’s on the ice a little over one-third of the time.

LeBron James, who rivals Ovie as the most dynamic team-sport player in North America, has played 38 of 48 minutes in 40 games for the Miami Heat this season.

LeBron can not only control a game better because he has the ball in his hands for many more minutes than Ovechkin has the puck on his stick; a basketball player can go coast-to-coast much easier.

No one wants to end this goal funk more than Ovie. But other than the times it’s clearly cost the Capitals a victory, it might not be the worst thing to have this happen at midseason.

It says here one of the Caps’ main problems the past few years is watching Ovechkin weave through five bad guys as if they were traffic cones. He almost trusted himself too much with the puck, and the result was many of his gifted teammates turning into creasemen hoping for a rebound in front of the net.

If his teammates can play tick-tack-toe a few shifts, they are only going to get better as a team. Besides, it’s not like Ovechkin isn’t trying.

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Morning Line

Ovechkin hasn’t won dick, his team has underachieved this year largely because he hasn’t shown up yet, and HBO is all over the guy. No slight to the outstanding Caps star, but enough.

-Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province in a article about Henrik Zetterberg being one of the top players in the league.

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Talking Ovechkin

from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,

What’s happened to Alexander Ovechkin?

You mean other than having his disembodied head stuffed in a kid’s school locker in those CCM skate ads that are funny, yet also somehow scary?

And becoming one of the chosen few that the NHL markets to death, with starring roles in the Winter Classic and the HBO series leading up to the New Year’s Day game?

The Washington Capitals’ superstar is being defended more tightly, is what has happened. And his team has played poorly defensively much of the season, certainly until the last few weeks.

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Video- Ovechkin Takes a Shot To The Inside Of His Knee

Alexander Semin with the shot, which finds Ovechkin’s knee.  No report from the Capitals, but Ovechkin did not return.

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Video- Ovechkin Takes On Dubinsky

With the Capitals down 4-0 to the Rangers, Alexander Ovechkin drops the gloves with Brandon Dubinsky.

2nd period is complete, Ranger up 5-0 and Washington is very frustrated.

added 8:59pm, Watch the fight from the Rangers broadcast and in HD to- below…

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Evening Line

“I am sure that everything will be OK with Ilya Kovalchuk. The problem is with the team. Either the New Jersey coach isn’t implementing the right policies, or there’s a bad atmosphere inside the team.”

-Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals who was quoted in SovSport and translated via a tweet from Dmitry Chesnokov.

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Ovechkin Rookie Card Goes For $9,189.00

The card was sold on ebay during Thanksgiving weekend.

Thanks to WeLoveDC for the pointer.

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Not The Ovechkin We Know

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light at Sports Illustrated,

What’s wrong with Alex Ovechkin?

Ovie has been Novie more often than not lately. Last night in New Jersey was the fourth game in his last six in which he didn’t register a point. Perhaps not coincidentally, three of those four games were on the road. Overall in those six games, he’s produced a goal and two assists and is a minus-3.

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Uh-Oh AO

from Corey Masisak of the CSNWashington,

A group of media members were waiting for Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau outside the Washington dressing room for his post-game press conference. Majority owner Ted Leonsis and general manager George McPhee were about 20 feet away toward where the Capitals’ team bus awaited. Ovechkin and Kovalchuk were conversing in the hallway between the two locker rooms about 10 feet from where Boudreau would be speaking.

Both players appeared to be in good spirits, laughing and smiling with each other. It was a stark contrast to how somber Ovechkin was when he addressed reporters a few minutes earlier. Other players were leaving the dressing room for the bus having already showered and in their suits as Ovechkin—in a T-shirt and shorts—talked to Kovalchuk.

Alexander Semin came out of the room and turned right toward the bus when Ovechkin yelled for him. Semin gave him a disgruntled look, but capitulated and joined them in the discussion.

A minute or so later, Boudreau walked out to assume his place in front of the media. Already upset, he glanced to where Ovechkin, Semin and Kovalchuk were standing and he looked displeased.

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Could Ovechkin Influence The Signing Of Semin In Washington?

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

When it was suggested he should march into Ted Leonsis’ office and demand that the Capitals owner sign Semin—a potential unrestricted free agent on July 1—to a long-term contract extension to keep Ovechkin happy, the Russian superstar laughed.

“I am happy. Seriously, it’s not part of my job to say I want this guy to be on the team,” Ovechkin told Sporting News.

But?

“It would be nice to have him here for long term,” Ovechkin said.

Naturally, Mark Gandler, Semin’s agent, loved the idea. Semin and the Capitals can’t sign a deal until January 1, but Gandler would welcome any support Ovechkin might give his client.

“How much weight does Ovechkin carry? I would say a lot,” Gandler said. “He’s not the G.M., but I think that if Ted Leonsis would put (G.M. George) McPhee on one hand and Ovechkin on the other hand and start shaking up and down, I have a feeling he would drop McPhee like a hot potato. And I say that with full respect to George.”

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Ovechkin Hasn’t Changed

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

He already has seven goals, but he’s been statistically critiqued by local “Russian Machine Never Breaks” blogger Neil Greenberg as a shooter who takes too many low percentage shots. That, of course, is how Montreal managed to neutralize him.

After an off-season of partying and personal appearances in Moscow, all covered in gleeful detail by the Moscow press, Ovechkin appears to have returned unchanged for his sixth NHL season.

That’s good. Unless the Caps were hoping for more.

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Former NHLer’s in Europe Part II

This week we will continue to look at former NHL players who are now playing in Europe.
 
Jaromir Jagr
Avangard Omsk

Jagr is clearly not the offensive force that he was in his heyday with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he has become quite a mentor to younger KHL players, while recording 14 points in 19 games for sixth place Avangard Omsk. However, Jagr’s most impressive feat this year was leading an undermanned Czech squad to World Championship gold against a heavily favoured Russian squad that featured Ovechkin, Malkin, Datsyuk and Gonchar.
 
Miroslav Satan
HC Slovan Bratislava

Satan is hoping to land another midseason NHL contract as he did with the Boston Bruins last year. In the meantime, Satan registered eight points during a three game contract with Slovan Bratislava of the Slovak league. Satan can still find the back of the net and may yet have another crack at the NHL.
 

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Ovechkin’s Life

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog at the Washington Post,

When you see the sort of photos that emerge from Alex Ovechkin’s offseason, you have a pretty good idea what goes on. Still, GQ decided to leave a little less to our imagination, sending a reporter out on the town with Ovechkin at one of his “main hunting grounds,” as the magazine puts it in its most recent issue.

The final scene—after hundreds of words about Ovechkin and the young women of Moscow—takes place in a skating rink, where Ovi brings two women, “Lera and Olesya, that he’s picked up at [a club called] Soho Rooms.”

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The State of Hockey in Russia

The Russian National Team has taken great strides towards regaining past international hockey glory in the last few years. Spurred on by back-to-back World Championship victories with two straight wins over Team Canada in 2008 and 2009 (including a win on Canada’s home ice in 2008), Russia had seemed to finally regain their duo-superpower status with their longtime Canadian rivals. That is until the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where the Russians were soundly thumped 7-3 by the home side in their quarterfinal matchup. Perhaps, Team Russia goalie; Ilya Bryzgalov, summed up the debacle best by stating that Team Canada played like “gorillas coming out of a cage.”

On the heels of their defeat in Vancouver, many of Russia’s Olympic core squad vowed to gain a measure of revenge at the 2010 World Championships in Germany three months later. Although Russia defeated a relatively undermanned Canadian squad, their efforts, once again, ended in failure with an upset loss to the Czech Republic in the championship final.

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Ovechkin & Eminem About To Team Up?

via Pravda,

Alexander Ovechkin, a Russian professional ice hockey left winger and captain of the Washington Capitals, is going to record a song with internationally known rapper Eminem. NHL’s top paid player is a big fan of hip hop, and he is very happy that now he will have a chance to become a part of it with a legendary artist.

“It would be such an honor for me, because I am a big fan of Eminem. I always have his CDs in my car, and I would be very glad to meet him. By the way, Eminem’s 8 Mile film is just great,” Alexander told Life Sports.

Ovechkin is not going to become a part of any film projects yet. As for the song, it is not clear yet, when the track is going to be recorded. Most likely, there will be a video to the song. NHL managers are currently in talks with Eminem’s representatives. Spokespeople for the league say that it would be great PR for hockey.

added 1:17pm, The PuckDaddy crew has some additional information on this.

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The Bolts Beat, 09/27/10: The Gang Talks Preseason Games, Cuts, Suspensions, Fantasy Hockey & More

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, JJ and co-host Mike Corcoran cover the Lightning’s recent preseason road trip, roster moves made thereafter, NHL discipline issues (including the recent Nick Boynton/Blair Jones incident), predictions for how Tampa Bay’s final roster may end up, fantasy hockey strategy and Jon (of course) continues his New York Jets elation, much to the dismay of Mike and fellow contributor, Tampa Bay Lightning.com’s Mark Pukalo.

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Ease Up On AO

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In the end, whether a player is “good” with the media, or cantankerous and sullen, only matters to, well, the media.

And having carved Alex Ovechkin for having been more the latter at various times, we admit to taking some small satisfaction from the flameout of Ovechkin’s Russian squad at the 2010 Olympics and again at the World Championships later in the spring.

But lately, we’ve been wondering if that was just us being small.

And we’ve been similarly wondering if maybe we are hypercritical of Ovechkin because, well, he’s an easy target. He’s Russian. He’s sometimes flippant (as he was in the playoffs, making fun of Montreal netminder Jaroslav Halak). And because he hasn’t had the success of, say, a Sidney Crosby, it makes it easier to pile on.

“He’s outspoken, too,” Washington coach Bruce Boudreau suggested in an interview Tuesday. “So that makes him an easier target because people want to prove everything that he says wrong.”

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Is Ovechkin Losing His Luster?

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

The Great Eight is flashing his trademark gap-toothed grin when he says it. Yet it seems that somehow, someway, that famous smile does not carry the same intoxicating spell over the masses as it once did.

For some of us, he is still the most electrifying, riveting talent in the game, the one player that is worth the price of the NHL’s at-times inflated admission.

At the same time, it is evident that the bloom, in the eyes of some, has come off the rose.

Maybe it’s because they remember how Ovechkin’s so-called powerful Olympic team was humiliated 7-3 by Team Canada at the Vancouver Winter Games.

Maybe it’s because the image of Ovechkin’s controversial hit on Chicago’s Brian Campbell remains etched in their minds, an incident that landed the Caps’ sniper a two-game suspension.

Maybe it’s because the critics claim he hasn’t, at least from a team standpoint, won anything, pointing to the Caps’ first-round exit to the underdog Montreal Canadiens this past spring as a prime example.

Weighing all the factors, is it really fair to put all these things on the shoulders of Ovechkin, whose team has won just one playoff series during his time in Washington?

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Ovechkin Discusses A Few Topics

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“I feel the same way [as he did a year ago],” Ovechkin said, “but it’s four years until Sochi. Let’s wait and let’s don’t think about it right now. You never know what’s going to happen. Right now, they say one thing. After four years, [maybe] they’re going to say different thing. Let’s just wait and see.”

Fair enough. Ovechkin has been around long enough that he’s learning to use all the key hockey clichés. The Caps, according to their captain, will be working harder this year, and trying to play better defence without undermining their go-for-broke offensive style, which is what turned Washington into that most unlikely of hockey towns.

“When you lose, you have to forget the bad things and remember the good things,” Ovechkin pronounced. “When you lose, it’s always bad, but that’s life. This year, I hope we’re going to play better playoff hockey.

“We have to realize it’s time to move forward.”

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Morning Line

“Of course, to play in the NHL is a dream.  You can go to any youth sports school and ask those who train there—everyone will say that they dream of the NHL.  There cannot even be a talk about comparing the two leagues.  The KHL right now is moving in the right direction, raising up a little, but there is no point to compare the leagues.  Let them call me names, call me a traitor, but this is true.

-Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals,  Ovechkin did an interview (many topics) with sports.ru and you can read the translated interview by Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy.

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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Forwards

As the new season approaches, I’ll be making an effort to preview the Southeast Division in a slow and steady, comprehensive manner. To kick things off, I thought I’d take a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. (In other words, for example, we’ll group Dustin Byfuglien’s 2009-10 statistics with Chicago alongside his new Atlanta Thrashers teammates and their performances from last year.)

In short, we’ll look at last year’s stats with this year’s rosters, both by division as a whole and by individual teams, broken down by position… Because a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come. (Often… Not always. See: Cheechoo, Jonathan.) And, besides, I don’t know that you’ll find a list like this in too many places (at least I hope you won’t… Cause that would mean I spent too much time on all of this!)

To get things started, we’ll start tonight with the forwards.

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A Look At The Wingers

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

As we continue to scout the players to watch at training camp, our attention switches to those who patrol the wings. This collection of players have lots to prove, and many of them find themselves in new places with new expectations.

Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Last season was difficult for the NHL’s most dynamic player. He was suspended twice, his Russian Olympic team folded in Vancouver and then his Caps blew a 3-1 series lead against eighth-seeded Montreal in the first round of the playoffs—this after Ovechkin made fun of Montreal netminder Jaroslav Halak’s shaky hand. There will be even more pressure on the Caps’ franchise player to produce not just points but also results in the playoffs this season.

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A Quiet Ovechkin

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

...At the world championships, currently being held in Germany, Ovechkin is back to being silent. Apparently, the Russian paparazzi took videos of some players smoking cigarettes. And in response, Ovechkin and the rest of the team has decided the boycott all Russian reporters.

Even if this is a team policy, it is inexcusable.

We like Ovechkin. We really do. We think he is one of the most talented players to have ever played in the NHL. And the fact that he decided to represent Russia after being eliminated in the first-round of the playoffs shows his dedication to the sport.

But the NHL needs him to be more than just a goal-scorer. They need him to entertain. They need him to be available to the media after every win or loss. They need him to wear silly hats and sing silly jingles.

But, most importantly, they need him to talk.

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Less Pressure On Ovechkin If Crosby Slump Continues

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Hard to believe, but Sidney Crosby might be Alex Ovechkin’s greatest ally right now. Confused? The Montreal Canadiens once again shut down the Penguins captain Thursday, evening their series at two games apiece. The longer that trend continues, the less heat, perhaps, Ovechkin will face in the offseason for his struggles against Montreal in the first round. And just imagine, for a second, if the Cinderella Habs pull off back-to-back upsets? If the rival Pens also go down to the same underdog Canadiens, the Caps’ first-round stunner suddenly gets easier to digest if you’re a Washington fan.

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Afternoon Line

Aside from Caps owner Ted Leonsis, the biggest losers are the Caps Russian superstar Alexander Ovechkin and sports marketing powerhouse IMG. Ovechkin and IMG singed a deal about 5 months ago hoping to cash in on Ovechkin’s global appeal. This will be harder now. With the Penguins still in the hunt the playoffs are all about Sidney Crosby, who will be plastered all over Versus, the NHL Network and NHL.com.

-Michael K. Ozanian of Forbes.

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Looking At Crosby And Ovechkin

from Eric Duhatschek of the Glob and Mail,

...the annual deliberation between who might be the league’s dominant player, Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby, seems even more heavily tilted in favour of the latter at the moment.

It isn’t just because Crosby is captain of the defending champions, or the player that scored the winning goal in overtime to clinch gold for Canada in the 2010 Olympics. Those are compelling arguments on his side of the ledger.

But Crosby is also the first of the two archrivals to understand that greatness cannot be a singular pursuit in a team sport; and what ultimately forges a player’s legacy is his ability to channel his own personal skills into larger team successes.

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Ovechkin After The Game

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

A shocked Ovechkin met the media in front of his stall inside the somber Capitals’ dressing room at Verizon Center following Montreal’s 2-1 win in Game 7 on Wednesday night. Here is what the captain had to say:

Q: What does this feel like?

Ovechkin: “I think we’re all disappointed, but I have nothing to say right now.”

Q: How difficult was it trying to solve Halak over the last couple of games?

Ovechkin: “I think he played great. I don’t have words to say something on Halak. I think everybody is disappointed.”

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Ovechkin Not Thinking Vacation These Days

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

If the Capitals fail to get out of the first round after rolling through the regular season like a tornado through open plains, Ovechkin’s reputation will take a major hit. There will be some critics who start to call him a choker, and they’ll try to present viable evidence, too.

He was supposed to lead Team Russia to some kind of medal in Vancouver in February, but instead left only with tattered strings of failure hanging around his neck and a controversy after he shoved a cameraperson.

And now, in the season where he’s supposed to lead the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup, there is the potential for a first-round exit that seemed so unfathomable just a week ago. Heck, it was unfathomable just 24 hours ago.

“Tomorrow is a day one team is going to be going on vacation,” Ovechkin said, “and I don’t want to think about vacation right now.”

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Ovechkin Says No Panic With His Team

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Ovechkin gave all the credit to Halak during his postgame press conference. Here is the transcript:

Q: Was that all Halak in that game or did you guys misfire?

Ovechkin: Well, there’s nothing to say. You can see how we play. I think we played great and we just didn’t score. It’s only one guy. They just score goals and go back and leave all the pressure for their goalie. We have to find a way to score goals.

Q: Is this the best performance you have seen from a goalie so far in the playoffs during your career?

Ovechkin: Well, every year we make a goalie feel unbelievable. We played against Philly and (Martin) Biron was good. (Henrik) Lundqvist was good last year and this year we just make Halak feel good. It’s always about this team and we’ll find a way to break it and win it. So, no panic, nothing. It’s just a game.

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Kid Gets A Snow Shower

Courtesy of Alexander Ovechkin.  Habs Inside/Out has the explanation that makes sense.

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Ovechkin Felt Powerless Last Night

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

“I don’t know why, but last game, I don’t feel that power or something,” Ovechkin said to the throng of media. “I talked to Bruce, and how I said, I didn’t play my game at all last night. It’s not about Montreal. It’s all about me.”

That may be true. But the Canadiens also deserve credit. In fact, they’ve held Ovechkin without a goal four times in five games this season and without a point on three occasions.

Ovechkin saw all three Canadiens defensive pairs early and was matched up a lot against Jaroslav Spacek in the third period. It wasn’t just Spacek, though. It was the combination of Montreal’s veteran defensemen getting in Ovechkin’s face and the Habs’ forwards diligently applying pressure from back side. The end result? Ovechkin had nowhere to go with the puck.

“He’s been played like this,” Boudreau said. “It’s not a secret. Everybody plays him like this.”

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Ovechkin After Tonight’s Loss

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Ovechkin talked to the media after the game and here’s what he had to say:

Q: Was there anything in particular that was going wrong for you tonight?

Ovechkin: I think our line didn’t play in their zone at all. We had a couple of chances and we score one, but still we didn’t play our game like we want to.

Q: Was the reason you couldn’t play in the zone a lot more about what you did wrong or what they did right?

Ovechkin: I think it’s all about us. If we had a chance to play in the zone and they got the puck they just put the puck in the neutral zone and we had to go back. I don’t know. Maybe we just have to play simple. Maybe we have to play more close to each other. I don’t know. We’re going to think about it, watch the game and make some changes.

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A Chance To Win

from Erik Brady of USA TODAY,

The Cold War, overarching theme of the second half of the 20th century, is long gone.

Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin is living, skating, body-checking proof.

Who could have guessed when he was born in the midst of its chill that a son of Moscow would emerge one day as the most popular athlete in that other capital city?

“Amazing, isn’t it?” says Ted Leonsis, the capitalist who owns the Capitals. “Alex is a global citizen.”

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Ovechkin Reaches 50 Goals

from NHL.com,

Alex Ovechkin became the NHL’s first 50-goal scorer this season when he got his second of the game at 9:49 of the third period of the Washington Capitals’ home game against the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday night.

Ovechkin got No. 49 when he took a pass from Alexander Semin after a giveaway and one-timed a blast from about 30 feet that beat goaltender Ondrej Pavelec cleanly at 16:04 of the middle period, tying the game 2-2. He reached the 50-goal mark for the fourth time in his five NHL seasons when he took a feed from Semin in the high slot and whipped a wrister past Pavelec, triggering a celebration at the sold-out Verizon Center.

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update 9:57pm, Video of #50 added…

added 10:10pm, Better quality vid below from the Atlanta feed…

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Ovechkin- Unlike Any Other Player

from Charles McGrath of the New York Times Magazine,

He also makes opportunities where there seem to be none, and has some of Wayne Gretzky’s uncanny sense of anticipation. He will often seem to be hanging harmlessly by the blue line or circling aimlessly by the boards when suddenly the puck is on his stick. But Gretzky seldom checked anyone if he could help it. His game was artistic and almost cerebral at times. Ovechkin, on the other hand, is an artist who also plays with tremendous physicality. He sometimes seems to be a brand-new kind of hockey player entirely: a hybrid who combines European finesse with North American toughness.

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Is Ovechkin Batman?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Alexander Ovechkin, who will take on the Bruins tomorrow night with the rest of his conference-leading Capitals, tools around D.C. in a two-door Mercedes from the renowned car company’s “Black’’ Series. Typical cost: Upward of $275,000. And it reportedly can top out at 245 m.p.h. “A lot of car for the area,’’ offered Nate Ewell, the club’s senior director of media relations. Ovechkin opted to have the car painted in a special black matte finish. “We had a party at Six Flags for our season ticket-holders,’’ recalled Newell, “and they have a replica of Batman’s car there. Ovie and I walked by it and he said, ‘Hey, Nate, that’s my car.’ ’’

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Ovechkin Talks Fitness

from Collin Orcutt of Men’s Fitness,

The Washington Capitals star on how he uses fitness to dominate the ice throughout the season….

What do think is your biggest asset when you’re on the ice?

My power. And sometimes I have luck—I don’t know why.

What’s the most important thing when it comes to training for an athlete?

Just work out. Don’t be lazy. If you take a day off, you’re going to be fat and you’re going to look terrible.

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Chicago Owner Wanted Ovechkin Suspended For A Long Period Of Time

from ESPNChicago,

Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz believes Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin knew what he was doing when he injured Hawks defenseman Brian Campbell on March 14, and Wirtz believes Ovechkin should have been suspended for the rest of the season.

Ovechkin was suspended two games for the hit, which fractured Campbell’s clavicle and a rib. Campbell was expected to miss 7-8 weeks.

During a taping of an upcoming Crain’s Business of Sports video, Wirtz said the suspension should last as long as the injured player is sidelined.

“If any one of our great players put Ovechkin out for the season, he should be out for the season, too,” Wirtz told Crain’s. “Make it commensurate.

“If you’re really going to hurt a player, knee to knee, make a head hit, and you’re out for the season, then let them suspend that player for the rest of the season. I’ll tell you, you wouldn’t see those knee-to-knee and head hits anymore.”

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Brian Campbell Not Interested In Hearing From Ovechkin

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

In regard to the official apology Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin offered after inflicting the injury that potentially ended Brian Campbell’s season and hurt the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup hopes, Campbell says thanks.

But no thanks.

And please don’t call.

“Whatever he says isn’t going to change the fact I’m not going to be playing for a little while,’’ Campbell told the Tribune in his first explanation of what happened last Sunday at the United Center. “I think the intent was there. If the intent is there, I don’t think you can really say you didn’t mean to do anything. So for me, I don’t need anything from him.’‘

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Vacation Over

Alexander Ovechkin says his vacation is over and time to get back to work.  More on Ovechkin and Bruce Boudreau has a few things to say at Capitals Insider.

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Will Ovechkin Ever Learn A Lesson?

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

A few NHLers I spoke with this week about Ovechkin were upset at his actions and offered up comments such as, “He’ll get his,” and, “His day is coming.”

Ovechkin is one of the most skilled players to ever play in the NHL. Let’s hope this is the last time he does anything that might make voters want to knock him off his perch and from here on in, we only talk about his amazing ability to lift people out of their seats with breath-taking plays.

Let’s hope he has finally learned his lesson.

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Ovechkin On His Suspension

via the Washington Capitals PR department,

Statement from Alex Ovechkin

“I am very sorry that Brian was injured and I hope he is able to return to his team soon. NHL hockey is a physical game. We all play hard every time we are on the ice and have battles each shift in every game we play so we can do our jobs and win. As players we must accept responsibility for our actions and I am no different but I did not intend to injure Brian and that is why I was disappointed with the NHL’s decision yesterday. Every time I have the honor to play for my team, I will continue to do what I have done since I was taught to play. I will play hard, play with passion and play with respect for my teammates, opponents and fans. I look forward to returning to my team and doing everything I can to be the best player I can be.”

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Everyone Has An Opinion On Ovechkin

from Mike Imrem of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Ovechkin is unique. He’s a mix of Rodman’s badness and Michael Jordan’s goodness. It doesn’t get much better or entertaining than that.

Anyway, Ovechkin divided the hockey world when he steered Campbell into the boards, breaking the Hawk’s ribs and clavicle.

The Capitals and others who revere Ovechkin wondered what the big deal was. The Hawks and those who revile Ovechkin thought it was a capital crime.

There’s more if you cruise the World Wide Web.

Those who worship Sidney Crosby, vying with Ovechkin to be the NHL’s best player, think Ovechkin should have been suspended until the Cubs win a World Series or the 22nd century, whichever comes first.

Those who think Crosby is a protected little whiner would hate for the NHL to be left to him for even as briefly as the two-game suspension Ovechkin received.

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NHL Faced With The Ovechkin Conundrum

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In all the discussion about head shots that dominated the NHL agenda last week, one point consistently came up, from both hawks and doves – that only a handful of players are responsible for the vast majority of the questionable (and potentially) suspension-worthy hits that occur in the game; and they fall into the repeat-offender category. The conundrum, for the NHL, is that one of its shining lights also just happens to be one of those players. That will cause a lot of sleepless nights for Colin Campbell as he riffs on the question that first came up in The Sound Of Music: How do you solve a problem like Ovechkin?

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