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Monday, July 13, 2020

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Alex Ovechkin, Barry Trotz predicted Stanley Cup win despite 0-2 playoff deficit

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The Washington Capitals found themselves in an all too familiar situation just two games into the postseason this year, but their coach insists they never once let doubt creep in.

The Capitals, who had reached the playoffs in 10 of the last 11 years, kicked off their 2018 Stanley Cup run by losing consecutive overtime home games to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Many felt their season was over right then, but head coach Barry Trotz says he and Alex Ovechkin predicted a championship after they fell down 0-2.

Washington had never won a championship in franchise history, and their Stanley Cup title is the first championship for a major DC sports team since 1992. Their fans had been expecting Ovechkin to deliver a Stanley Cup for years, and he finally came through by winning four straight games against the Las Vegas Golden Knights after yet another 0-1 start to a series.

You could tell by Ovechkin’s inappropriate but awesome reaction to Thursday’s win that this was a long time coming. Lesser teams would have never been able to fight back after losing two home games in heartbreaking fashion to begin the playoffs.

Alex Ovechkin tells Caps fans to ‘get some beers’ to celebrate

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Now that the business part has been taken care of, Alex Ovechkin is moving on to the partying.

Ovechkin had some advice for Washington Capitals fans after his team won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history Thursday night. The Capitals captain was interviewed by SportsNet and asked what he would say to Caps fans.

He told them to “get some beers” and start celebrating.

You gotta love Ovechkin. This was his moment and he owned it. Fans also appreciated his inappropriate but awesome reaction to winning the Cup.

Watch: Alex Ovechkin has inappropriate but awesome reaction to winning Cup

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Alex Ovechkin finally won his first Stanley Cup, and his awesome reaction was noted by many.

As his Washington Capitals won the Cup by beating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the Cup Finals, NBC cameras showed Ovechkin blurt out “Oh my f—ing god!”

The Capitals’ captain was going nuts after winning and celebrated with all his teammates.

He’s waited over a decade for this moment. It was all well-earned and very well-deserved.

Watch: Marc-Andre Fleury slashes Alex Ovechkin in pregame

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You could tell the stakes were even higher for Thursday’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Before things got started at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin decided to mess with Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Ovechkin skated right by the opposing goalie.

Fleury decided to respond by slashing Ovechkin in the shin:

The two players go way back to Fleury’s time in Pittsburgh. While we won’t say something silly like they deserve penalties for the pregame actions, it’s pretty clear that they’re trying to get in one another’s heads.

Alex Ovechkin: Caps treating every game like it’s their last

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Alex Ovechkin says that the Washington Capitals are playing with a lot of desperation, and that’s been a big reason for their recent success in the postseason.

The Caps beat the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night to take a 3-1 series lead. They’ve now won three in a row since dropping the Cup opener in Vegas and are a win away from their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

“I think we just play smart, managed the puck well, and the defense was great. For us right now, it’s like every game is the last game,” Ovechkin said after Game 4.

Ovechkin was also asked about James Neal missing a wide open net on a shot that could have given Vegas a 1-0 lead. Instead, he missed and the Caps rattled off three first period goals.

“Sometimes it’s just luck, sometimes you just need that kind of bounce,” he said.

Maybe it’s a combination of desperation and luck, but everything is going the Caps’ way.

After being one of the best players in the league for years and failing to come through in the postseason, Ovechkin is on his way to changing his legacy. The Caps just better not change their mentality.

Capitals coach praises Alex Ovechkin for ‘imposing his will’ during playoffs

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Alex Ovechkin is two wins away from winning his first Stanley Cup, and in the eyes of his head coach, it couldn’t be more deserved.

Ovechkin turned in another exemplary performance during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday evening, scoring his 14th goal from the playoffs and counting himself unlucky not to score more. Coach Barry Trotz praised his playoff run after the game in the highest possible terms.

Trotz is likely right. Ovechkin has been on so many Capitals teams that failed in the playoffs and he seems more driven than ever to ensure that it doesn’t happen again this season. He’s obviously one of the best players of his generation, but he’s playing with incredible intensity and such confidence that he wasn’t even put off by touching the Prince of Wales Trophy.

Alex Ovechkin jokes about Vladimir Putin wishing him luck ahead of Stanley Cup Finals

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Alexander Ovechkin is set to play in the first Stanley Cup Final of his illustrious career, but no, the Russian president has not called to wish him good luck.

Ovechkin briefly had the media going after saying that Vladimir Putin had called him ahead of Monday night’s Game 1, but quickly clarified he was joking.

It would have been believable. Putin is a passionate hockey fan, and he and Ovechkin are mutual admirers, which has forced Ovechkin on the defensive in the past due to the Russian president’s controversial actions and beliefs. There may not be a phone call coming, but Putin may well be rooting for Ovechkin no matter what.