You’ve probably seen it already, many times many ways, but I just had to have it on my site. Alex Ovechkin’s breathtaking goal from last nights’ 5-0 win at Montreal:
It was Ovi’s 36th goal on the season. No one else has more than 28.
Alex Ovechkin scored four goals in one game last night for the third time in his career and first time in nearly six years. The fourth goal tied it up with 32 seconds remaining, too, propelling the Caps to a 6-5 overtime shootout win. Here he is afterward, in a timeless photo that I just love.
Links from the four-goal game:
Taking Ray Emery and the ref to task for the Holtby beating. [Puck Daddy]
Awesome photoshops of Angry John Carlson yelling at things. [RMNB]
Here’s a wonderful history of all-time Caps goalie fights. [Caps Outsider]
Ted Leonsis likes to mix it up in Facebook comments, which is odd. [Bog]
Chimera named NHL’s third star after his six-point week. [Caps Insider]
Phillip Daniels upset about not being invited to Redskins homecoming. [Bog]
Darrell Green thinks the Skins should re-sign Contract Year D-Hall. [Bog]
Snyder’s house has a burgundy & gold Redskins basketball court. [Bog]
Sean Taylor’s shooter found guilty of second-degree murder. [Miami Herald]
Seven problems the 0-3 Wizards are dealing with right now. [Bullets Forever]
Randy Wittman fined $20k for swearing during his presser. [Wiz Insider]
Programming note: I’ve been offline for most of four days and didn’t get to watch the Skins game, hence no Winners & Losers. Glad they won, though!
Caps kick off five-game homestand with 3-2 loss to Carolina. [Japers']
The best part about Ovi’s last-minute check to his old pal Semin’s face (above) is that Semin actually got two minutes for embellishing. [RMNB]
This Rick Reilly “Redskins” snafu is hilarious + awkward. [For The Win]
Would you trade Snyder for Jerry Jones? Great question. [The Insider]
Dexter Manley telling old stories is fun, esp. during Dallas Week. [Bog]
RGIII not only bought his HS team’s uniforms, he designed them. [Bog]
Ripken does more radio, still sounds interested in managing. [O's Insider]
Machado to have MCL surgery. Should be good for spring. [Camden Chat]
Juan Dixon didn’t want Roddy Peters to wear his old No. 3. [Testudo]
Port City and DC Brau beers are being served at Caps games. [WWN]
Ovi is the NHL’s first star, leading in goals, points and shots. [Caps Insider]
Connor Carrick was the 47th D-man taken but the 1st to make it. [RMNB]
The Caps are struggling to score at even strength so far. [Japers' Rink]
But their power play is doing just fine, thanks. [Peerless Prognosticator]
Joel Ward is doing okay after getting trapped in a bathroom. [Caps Insider]
Five questions for the 1-3 Skins as they head to 2-3 Dallas. [The Insider]
Oneida Nation continues to press the NFL about “Redskins.” [City Desk]
Here’s a Redskins name-change story I was actually quoted in. [Salon]
Compelling case for the “Redskins” to become the “Americans.” [WaPo]
Otto Porter’s hip injury is still keeping him from practicing. [Wiz Insider]
We knew there was salt in Ovi’s pepper, but that’s grey hair for a 27-year-old. Looks good on the Grey 8, though. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
Olaf Kolzig is the Caps’ new goaltending coach. Olie the Goalie! [RMNB]
Nats win 3-2 in Philly. Are 6.5 games back. Get day off. [Nats Insider]
Denard Span has turned his season around. Thank God. [Nats Journal]
Bryce Harper thought there were three outs. It was hilarious. [FTW]
O’s lose to Cleveland. Are 4 back. Host ChiSox tonight. [Camden Chat]
This strikes me as a very silly question, Baltimore Sun. [O's Insider]
The Redskins have the second-oldest roster in the NFL. Oh. [FTW]
A beer for every NFL team. The Skins are Mike’s Hard Lemonade. [SOE]
NBA teams keep raiding the Wiz front office. So weird. [Wiz Insider]
On defense, point guards and John Wall’s defense. [Truth About It]
Maryland QB C.J. Brown had a great Week 1. What’s next? [Terps Insider]
Good roundup of what the Jeff Bezos WaPo pep rally was like. [City Desk]
My SovSport colleague Dmitry Shumin asked Ovi to describe what happened in one word. Ovi: “[We] sh*t ourselves.” #caps
— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) May 14, 2013
The Caps got spanked 5-0 by the Rangers in Game 7. Hard. [WaPo]
It was reminiscent of the Game 7 loss to Pittsburgh in ’09. [WaPo]
Alex Ovechkin went absolutely apeshit on one early shift. [RMNB]
Ovi had some interesting things to same afterward. [Puck Daddy]
The Caps’ so-called Young Guns aren’t young anymore. [Mike Wise]
Bryce Harper ran face-first into the outfield wall last night. [FTW]
Bryce received 11 stitches and some bruises for it. [Nats Journal]
So, is Bryce Harper too reckless for his own good? [Nats Journal]
Nats won, 6-2, as ZNN became MLB’s first 7-game winner. [WaPo]
Wei-Yin Chen to the DL. Tough loss for the O’s. [B'more Sports Report]
The O’s GIFs of the Week are so good, again and again. [Camden Chat]
Wiz shut out for defensive honors, despite being good at defense. [BF]
(Thanks to SB Nation for the Bryce-meets-wall GIF.)
How under wraps was Collins story? I thought I was getting my 1st cover! Alas, happy to be Argo of SI this week. twitter.com/SI_sarahkwak/s…
— Sarah Kwak (@SI_sarahkwak) April 30, 2013
Alex Ovechkin was slated to be this week’s SI cover boy, which would’ve been awesome, considering the Caps have *never* graced the cover of SI before. Sarah Kwak’s story will still be in this week’s issue, though, so there’s that.
Update: Ted Starkey tweeted to correct me on this, sort of.
Back with another guest post is Caps correspondent Brad Parker.
Alex Ovechkin – In February he was lazy, past his prime and everything wrong with superstar athletes. Then he set the all-time NHL record for goals in April, led the NHL in goals for the season and tied Sidney Crosby in points. And unlike Sidney Crosby, he consistently plays in NHL games.
Nick Backstrom –- Reuniting him with Ovi saved the season. He finished just outside of the top-10 in scoring and is a huge reason Ovi’s being considered for the Hart again.
Braden Holtby –- It’s easy to forget that this was his first full season in the NHL, and it wasn’t a full season thanks to the lockout. The starting role is his and he’ll have a very long leash in both the playoffs and the ’13-14 season.