One of the best rivalries in the modern NHL came together on Wednesday night as the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins squared off, pitting Sidney Crosby against Alex Ovechkin. And it didn’t take long for a beef to develop between the two top players.
Tom Wilson and Jamie Oleksiak dropped gloves in the first minute of the game. Ovechkin started talking with a Penguins player, so Crosby told Ovi to go fight the player. In response, Ovechkin told Crosby “why don’t you fight me?”
The two did not fight, though Ovechkin threw down with Kris Letang not long thereafter.
After the game, Crosby said Ovechkin should have received an instigator penalty for yelling at him.
Penguins' Sidney Crosby on jawing with Capitals' Alex Ovechkin: "I'm just trying to find out why it wasn't an instigator and he started yelling at me for some reason. My conversation was with the official, not with him, so I don't know why he felt the need to come over."
Alex Ovechkin is in Russia, and he took the Stanley Cup with him.
Ovi headed to Moscow to spend some time with his family and take in the World Cup atmosphere while in his home country. Bringing the Stanley Cup with him allowed fans the opportunity to enjoy the cherished trophy. But one overlooked aspect of carrying the Cup around is that it’s tiring. However, Ovi had a solution for that: some beer.
Here’s what Ovechkin told The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan:
Just chatted with Ovechkin. Confirmed his arms are weary after carrying the Cup all over Moscow. “But after a couple of beers, I feel pretty good.”
Ovi had 27 points in 24 games as his Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Now that he’s achieved the greatest goal as a player, he has earned the right to celebrate as hard as he wants. And he has made it clear how pro-beer he is for everyone.
The Washington Capitals’ victory lap continues to be one for the ages.
After winning their first Stanley Cup in franchise history last week, the Caps held their championship parade on Tuesday. The celebration had a few memorable moments, not the least of which was when star center Evgeny Kuznetsov got up to the mic and dropped a couple of expletives.
After thanking family and fans, Kuznetsov concluded his remarks by saying, “Let’s f— this s—.” Here is the video, but obviously beware of foul language.
Not to be outdone, Conn Smythe Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin followed up Kuznetsov’s speech by getting in front of the crowd and dropping some heat of his own. Take a look (but once again, obviously be wary of the bad language):
Alexander Ovechkin came up short for many years before finally winning his first championship, and there’s no telling when the Washington Capitals star will let the Stanley Cup out of his sight.
Ovechkin and his teammates had themselves quite a day with the Cup on Saturday, as they brought it to Nationals Park and took part in the ceremonial first pitch. After a long day of partying and doing keg stands out of Lord Stanley’s Cup, Ovechkin went to bed with the trophy.
Alex Ovechkin will throw out the first pitch prior to the Washington Nationals’ game on Saturday.
The Washington Capitals captured their first ever Stanley Cup on Thursday. With that comes the spoils of being a champion. Prior to Saturday’s game between the Nationals and San Francisco Giants, Ovechkin, the Capitals’ captain, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Caps announce that Alex Ovechkin will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at tomorrow’s Nats game. What’s that guy done to deserve it??
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.
Barry Trotz says after they were down 2-0 to Columbus in the first round he chatted with Alex Ovechkin and they said, according to the coach: "We're going to win the next game and we're going to go win a Cup together."
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.