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Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin pays tribute to Michael Jordan with contract announcement

Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin on Tuesday announced that he was returning to the Washington Capitals on a new contract. The way he made the announcement was a nod to Michael Jordan.

Ovi shared a tweet saying “I’m back DC !!!!!”

What does that have to do with Jordan?

In 1995, when Jordan decided to return to the NBA after a brief attempt playing professional baseball, he did so with an announcement that said, “I’m back.”

Ovi was going for the same feeling.

Not only is Ovechkin back, but he signed a 5-year, $47.5 million deal, ensuring the 35-year-old should be with the Caps for years to come.

Alex Ovechkin offers hilarious comment about making NHL 21 cover

Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin received the honor of being the cover athlete for EA Sports’ “NHL 21” video game, and he had a great comment about it.

The 34-year-old Washington Capitals star was also on the cover for the “NHL 07” game that was released in 2006 and referenced it.

“It’s a huge honor to be on the cover of NHL 21 for the second cover in my career. More importantly, I’m glad I’m looking just as good on the cover this year as I did in 2007!!!” Ovechkin said, via NBC Sports’ Sammi Silber.

Yes, Ovi, you’re still every bit as handsome now as you were then. And that’s especially impressive given your Mamma Lucia order.

Ovi has accomplished a ton since his first appearance on the game’s cover. He’s led the league in goals nine times and won a Stanley Cup. Ovechkin is also one of only eight players in NHL history to score over 700 goals in his career.

Alex Ovechkin not concerned about missed milestones from suspended season

Alex Ovechkin

There are many storylines that come from the pause on sports leagues due to the coronavirus pandemic. One is that some players are losing valuable time in their chase for milestones.

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is one of those players. He’s two goals shy of reaching 50 on the season. That would be the ninth time he’s done that, tying an NHL record. He’s also 188 goals shy of matching Wayne Gretzky’s career mark of 894.

Now 34, Ovechkin isn’t getting any younger. If the NHL resumes by going straight to the playoffs, Ovechkin would miss out on his 50-goal season and lose valuable time chasing Gretzky as well. Ultimately, though, he’s not too concerned by this.

“Of course, you want to score 50,” Ovechkin said, via J.J. Regan of NBC Sports Washington. “But right now, like everyone is saying, the most important thing is be stay safe and to get this thing done. It sucks to not score 50 and to not get another milestone, but you have to think about your family, people and fans to be more safe. I’m pretty sure the sooner this is going to be over, the sooner we’re going to start back playing hockey. It’ll be nice to score again 50 goals or reach those milestones, but right now our mind is on just trying to be safe. It’s a scary situation.”

Ovechkin recently reached 700 career goals, and he likely does still have a few years left in him. He’s taking the right view on this — he’ll have his chances, but for now, public health is more important.

Alex Ovechkin reaches 700 career goals and may have shot at Wayne Gretzky’s record

Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin hit a major milestone on Saturday, and he has a realistic shot at Wayne Gretzky’s record.

Ovechkin scored in the third period of his Washington Capitals’ 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils to tie the game at two. The goal was his 42nd of the season and 700th of his career.

Ovechkin is now in rare company and has become just the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 career goals. Gretzky holds the record by far with 894 career goals.

Here’s the list:

1. Wayne Gretzky 894
2. Gordie Howe 801
3. Jaromir Jagr 766
4. Brett Hull 741
5. Marcel Dionne 731
6. Phil Esposito 717
7. Mike Gartner 708
8. Alex Ovechkin 700

Ovi should be able to pass Gartner this season, and he should be able to get up to fourth after next season. He’s actually the second-fastest to 700 goals after Gretzky.

While Gretzky got to 700 at age 29, The Great One didn’t score as much later in his career with Los Angeles Kings, and instead racked up assists. Comparatively, Ovechkin has averaged 48 goals per game the last six seasons and has been going strong as he ages.

Expecting Ovechkin to reach Gretzky’s mark is optimistic, but with how strong he looks at age 34, his chances should not be discounted.

Alex Ovechkin to throw out first pitch before Nationals’ Game 4

One of Washington D.C.’s most popular athletes will throw out there ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Nationals returned home after earning a split in the two games that took place in Los Angeles. Washington winning one of the first two games means there will be at least four games in the best-of-five series. Prior to Game 4, the crowd at Nationals Park will get to see one of its sports heroes throw out the ceremonial first pitch: Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin, the captain of the Washington Capitals, was the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy (MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs) as the Capitals won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship in 2018. Hopefully this attempt is better than the last time Ovechkin was given the opportunity to throw out a first pitch.

Watch: Alex Ovechkin shows off the moves on pretty Game 7 assist

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Alex Ovechkin showed off nearly every move in his tool bag on a fancy assist in Game 7 of the Washington Capitals’ first-round playoff series with the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday.

The Caps were already leading 1-0 when Tom Wilson scored midway through the first period to extend the lead. He had an open window for the goal thanks to Ovechkin’s incredible moves, including his beautiful toe drag. Take a look:

That was Ovechkin’s fifth assist of the series and ninth point. He’s on a pace similar to last postseason where he had 27 points in 24 games that culminated in the Caps’ first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Watch: Alex Ovechkin gets ready for playoff game with cup check

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How do the Washington Capitals prepare for a playoff game? With a proper test of their equipment, of course.

The Capitals shared a video on Twitter Thursday before Game 4 of the team’s first round playoff series with the Carolina Hurricanes that shows Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson giving each other a cup check before the game:

The video was amusing, but the Caps probably weren’t amused by seeing the Capitals score in the first 20 seconds of the game to grab a 1-0 lead. The good thing is the guys knew the cup check was coming, unlike when it happened to Sean Doolittle.

Watch: Alex Ovechkin knocks out Andrei Svechnikov in fight

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Alex Ovechkin wasn’t looking to get into a fight during Game 3 of the Carolina Hurricanes-Washington Capitals first round playoff series on Monday night, but once he engaged, he looked to end it quickly.

Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov kept dogging Ovechkin, trying to bait him into a fight during the first period. Ovechkin seemed to be declining at first but then dropped gloves.

He took a shot or two and then unloaded two big right hands to drop Svechnikov:

If the sight of Ovechkin fighting seemed odd to you, it should. That was only his third career fight, according to His record is now 1-3 with this one knockout.

Alex Ovechkin evaluated for concussion after collision with TJ Oshie

Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin was evaluated for a concussion after a brutal collision with teammate TJ Oshie on Wednesday night.

Ovechkin and Oshie ran into each other by the red line in the first period of Washington’s game at Toronto. While Oshie popped right back up after the collision, Ovechkin remained down and seemed to take the worst end of things.

Ovechkin was pulled off the ice by the concussion spotters and taken into the locker room for evaluation. He was later cleared for a return and came back to score a tie-breaking goal in the second period.

The goal helped Ovechkin tie Sergei Fedorov for the most points in NHL history by a Russian player.

Tyler Seguin thinks Stars goalie got in Ovechkin’s head

Tyler Seguin Stars

Tyler Seguin thinks that Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khubodin got inside of Alex Ovechkin’s head on Friday night.

The Stars beat the Caps 2-1 in overtime on Seguin’s goal — his second of the game. Ovi attempted six shots on goal for the Washington Capitals but was stonewalled by Khubodin, who stopped all but one shot he faced.

Seguin said after the game that Khubodin got in Ovechkin’s head.

Seguin could be right. Most of all, this shows the kind of confidence Seguin and the Stars now have.

Just a week ago, Seguin and Jamie Benn defended themselves from criticism from the team’s CEO. That appears to have lit a fire under him, as he’s recorded points in every game since and has scored four goals over the past two games.