With one minute left in the Washington Capitals’ regular season, Alex Ovechkin lurked around the front of the net. Fans cheered him on, Capital One Arena coming together Saturday night for chants of “O-vi.” He was one goal shy of 50 and pucks were bouncing around him, but none found his stick, and none found the net. Ovechkin finished with 49 goals and the Capitals finished with a 5-3 win over the Devils in the regular season finale. Ovechkin’s two-goal performance left him at 49 on the season, good enough for the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy awarded to the player who finishes with the most. Washington finishes 49-26-7 for 105 points, not quite as dominant as the past two Presidents’ Trophy-winning seasons, but perhaps more impressive considering this team leaned on less experienced and less expensive players after running into salary-cap constraints over the summer. The Capitals will play either Columbus or Philadelphia in the first round … [Read more...] about Caps close with a victory as Alex Ovechkin falls one goal shy of 50
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Washington Capitals by Roman Stubbs by Roman Stubbs Email the author April 6 at 7:30 AM Email the author Alex Ovechkin scored his 47th goal of the season Thursday night. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post) Washington’s Alex Ovechkin has scored 50 or more goals in seven seasons during his long and decorated career, but questions crept in about whether he would be able to hit that mark again after he posted 33 a year ago. It was the second-lowest total of his career and a potential hint that his 32-year-old body was slowing down in a young man’s NHL. Yet there Ovechkin was on Thursday night, playing with … [Read more...] about Alex Ovechkin needs a hat trick in season finale to reach 50 goals. He’s done it before.
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Washington Capitals by Roman Stubbs by Roman Stubbs Email the author April 6 at 12:42 AM Email the author Alex Ovechkin waves to the crowd before a ceremony honoring his 1,000th NHL game. (Geoff Burke/USA Today) Alex Ovechkin played his 1,000th NHL game Sunday night in Pittsburgh, but the Washington Capitals star didn’t receive proper recognition for the milestone until a few minutes before Thursday night’s home contest against Nashville. Capital One Arena went dark and a tribute video began to roll. A handful of local professional athletes — from the Wizards’ John Wall to the … [Read more...] about Cal Ripken Jr. ‘can relate a little bit’ as Alex Ovechkin is honored for his 1,000th game
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Washington Capitals by Isabelle Khurshudyan by Isabelle Khurshudyan Email the author April 5 at 12:51 PM Email the author Alex Ovechkin will play Thursday night. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) The sight of Alex Ovechkin down on the ice after losing an edge and colliding awkwardly into the boards Monday night was a scary one for the Washington Capitals, just two games away from the playoffs with the Metropolitan Division clinched. Ovechkin didn’t miss a shift for the rest of the game against the St. Louis Blues, but when he skated before practice on Wednesday, Coach Barry Trotz noticed how tentatively he was moving. … [Read more...] about After maintenance day, Capitals won’t rest Alex Ovechkin
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Washington Capitals by Isabelle Khurshudyan by Isabelle Khurshudyan Email the author April 4 at 12:34 PM Email the author Alex Ovechkin sat out Thursdays practice. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press) Alex Ovechkin didn’t practice with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, taking a “maintenance day” after colliding awkwardly with the boards Tuesday night in St. Louis. With just two regular-season games left until the playoffs, the Capitals likely are exercising caution for their superstar captain, who didn’t miss a shift against the Blues and scored his 46th goal of the season. Ovi down#CapsBlues … [Read more...] about Alex Ovechkin misses practice; Jay Beagle day-to-day with injury
Chelsea Howard Omnisport @CDH16 Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET Watch NHLNHL with fuboTV Alex Ovechkin will have another feat to add to his already impressive resume as he is expected to play in his 1,000th career NHL game Sunday against the Penguins. The Capitals left wing will become the first player in franchise history to play in 1,000 games and the first player selected out of the 2004 NHL Draft to reach that mark. The feat puts Ovechkin as the 54th player in NHL history to play 1,000 games with a single franchise. Alex Ovechkin is expected to play his 1,000th career game as the Capitals renew their rivalry vs Penguins. Ovechkin is one of four players in NHL history to score at least 600 goals prior to his 1,000th career game, joining Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux & Brett Hull pic.twitter.com/IYoq3j5KIt— ESPN Stats … [Read more...] about Alex Ovechkin to play in 1,000th NHL game vs. Penguins
No one agrees that it will be easy for the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin to catch Wayne Gretzky in goals…but is it even possible? In FanSided’s NHL Face-Off series, two writers argue two sides of a hot-button hockey issue. We’ll post both pieces, and then our NHL editor will evaluate the arguments and determine a winner. The Great One and The Great Eight. There’s no question that Wayne Gretzky and Alexander Ovechkin’s names will forever be included in conversations among the most prolific scorers the league has ever seen. Gretzky retired at 38 years old with 894 career regular season goals. At 32, Ovechkin has 603, including 45 on the year. Is it possible? The case for Ovechkin: Dave Stevenson In arguing that Ovechkin will be able to overtake Gretzky for total regular season goals, Dave Stevenson estimates that on a worst-case basis, if Ovechkin “repeats his worst goal-scoring season (0.40 goals per game) from here on … [Read more...] about Face-Off: Will Alex Ovechkin break Wayne Gretzky’s goal record?
Alex Ovechkin has put the Washington Capitals on his back this season as usual, but just because we’ve seen it before doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve to be recognized for it. It’s time to give Alexander Ovechkin the appreciation he deserves, because he is once again dragging the Washington Capitals into the postseason whether they like it or not. Monday night, Alex Ovechkin scored twice against the Winnipeg Jets in a 3-2 overtime win and became the 20th player in NHL history to score his 600th career goal, and just the fourth to do so in less than 1,000 games. Ovechkin solidified himself as one of the greatest goal scorers in league history, and there is no sign that he’s slowing down anytime in the near future. Ovechkin’s case for the Hart Trophy has little to do with leading the league with 42 goals, but more so how his production has carried the Capitals to be a much better team than they really are. Right now, Washington sits in first place in … [Read more...] about Alex Ovechkin needs to be considered for the Hart Trophy
At the end of every workweek, Yardbarker takes a look at what the NHL has in store for the weekend. We'll see whose stock is soaring, who needs to get their acts together and what tilts promise to keep you on the edge of your seat. In this week's edition, the Metropolitan Division race heats up, the Predators can't lose, and superstars close in on milestones.Who's on fireIn the Eastern Conference, the Metropolitan Division race is as tight as ever. After a rough stretch of games, the Pittsburgh Penguins have taken advantage of the Washington Capitals' slight skid and overtaken first place, but the Caps — and the Flyers, for that matter — remain very close in the points race. Meanwhile, the leaders in the Atlantic have been killing it on their home ice, with the Bruins continuing their hot streak with five straight victories in Boston.Out in the Western Conference, the Nashville Predators have won a franchise-record 10 straight tilts. Since the start of the new year, … [Read more...] about NHL Weekender: Alex Ovechkin, Marc-Andre Fleury closing in on history
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports The landscape of Olympic hockey looks a lot different in PyeongChang than it looked four years ago, and that is largely because the NHL decided it will not allow its players to compete in the Winter Games. Something tells us Alex Ovechkin is still a little bitter about that.Ovechkin, who has spoken in the past about how important winning an Olympic medal would be to him, was asked on Tuesday if he has been watching the Olympics. He used the opportunity to take a shot at NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Ovechkin’s mother played basketball for Russia and won two Olympic gold medals, so you can understand why a chance to do the same means so much to him. He tried to fight the NHL’s decision last year but eventually waved the white flag.“I wanted to make this statement so that my words are clear and nobody misunderstands what I am saying. The Olympics are in my blood and everybody knows how much I love my country,” Ovechkin said in … [Read more...] about Alex Ovechkin takes shot at Gary Bettman over Olympics