Posts Tagged ‘Alexander Ovechkin’

Washington Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin need more veterans to compete for Stanley Cup

May 6, 2011

For the fourth time in four years, the Washington Capitals did not live up to their seeding in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Alexander Ovechkin had 10 points in nine games, but he has been hampered by an injury all year.  The Caps’ best players are all forwards: Ovie, Nicklas Backstrom, and Alexander Semin.  But one of the problems with the Caps is that they are too young.  They need players who know how to win.  A look at the Stanley Cup champions from each of the past 10 seasons shows that all of those teams have multiple players over 30 who are either stars or major contributors.

The Caps have Mike Knuble, 38, and Jason Arnott, 36, but both have been banged up and Arnott only arrived in late February at the trade deadline.  It’s time for the Caps to make some changes and trade Semin or defenseman Mike Green for some veterans.  Owner Ted Leonsis’ extreme youth movement has led to good regular seasons, but the Caps have come up short in the postseason.  To read my article on Examiner.com, click here.

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Ovie leads Caps to 2-1 OT win over Islanders with game-winner

March 3, 2011

Alexander Ovechkin scored with 3:05 left in overtime to lead the Caps over the New York Islanders 2-1 Tuesday in D.C.  It was a spectacular end to end goal.  Brooks Laich tied the game up with less than a minute to go in regulation.

A couple of observations – the Caps narrowly avoided their 10th shutout of the year.  Last season they only had one.  Do teams that win the Stanley Cup get shut out 10 or more times in a year?  I don’t think so.

Second, Ovie only has 25 goals.  He had 50 last year.  This is like Michael Jordan scoring 28 a game one year and then 18 the next – a huge drop off.

Finally, the Caps got bood against the Isles.  A good sign as the fans are not just accepting being pretty good.

To read the rest of my article on Examiner.com, click here.

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Boycott Capital One bank for putting “Ole’s Moving Company” on van instead of “Ovie’s” in commercial

October 3, 2010

Two weeks ago I noticed a commercial starring Donovan McNabb and Alexander Ovechkin.  It’s about Ovie moving McNabb’s stuff into town.  The problem is that at the beginning of the commercial the moving van says “Ole’s Moving Company” instead of “Ovie’s.” They misspelled the name of the best player in Caps’ history.  I can just imagine the ad person who did the ad.  Would you do that to LeBron James?  He probably remembered “Olie” in the back of his mind from Olie Kolzig being the Caps’ most popular player for several years.

Anyway, it’s an inexcusable mistake.  I just assumed they would redo the commercial – they should have been able to redo the first two seconds of it.

So people should boycott Capital One Bank.  Also, their logo and the font on their signs looks amateurish and bad.  Chevy Chase had a nice local feel to it.  I talked to someone who worked for Capital One and she said since they have primarily been a credit card company, they’ve been scrambling to hire people who know mortgages and banking, etc.

Ovechkin and Varlamov lead Caps to 3-1 series lead over Canadiens with 6-3 win

April 22, 2010

The Capitals took a commanding 3-1 lead in their first round series with a 6-3 win over the Canadiens at Bell Centre in Montreal Wednesday night.

Alexander Ovechkin led the Caps with two goals and Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves including several brilliant stops during the second period when the Habs had 21 shots.

Click here to see my full article on examiner.com.

Backstrom leads Washington Capitals past Montreal Canadiens 6-5 in Game 2 with hat trick, OT goal

April 17, 2010

Down by three goals, the Capitals mounted a furious comeback and defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 in Game 2 of their opening round playoff series, thanks to a hat trick and an overtime goal by Nicklas Backstrom.

The fans got their money’s worth in a wild contest at Verizon Center that saw the Caps come back from a 4-1 deficit and featured 11 goals including hat tricks by Backstrom and Andrei Kostitsyn.

Alexander Ovechkin rebounded from a lackluster effort in Game 1 to score a goal and assist on three others, and got involved in the game early with physical play.

Click here to see the rest of my article on examiner.com.

Caps sweep season series from Penguins with 6-3 win, Ovechkin and Crosby tied with 48 goals

April 7, 2010

The Capitals swept the season series 4-0 from the Penguins with a 6-3 road win over Pittsburgh Tuesday night.

Alexander Ovechkin’s power play goal at 2:37 of the third period past Marc-Andre Fleury gave the Caps a 5-3 lead. Ovechkin also scored an empty netter to give him 48 for the season, tying him with Sidney Crosby for the league lead.

Click here to see my full article at examiner.com.

Capitals overcome 3-0 deficit, beat Blackhawks 4-3 in OT after Ovechkin ejected

March 16, 2010

Nicklas Backstrom scored the game-winning goal in overtime, and Washington scored three goals in the third period as the Caps overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Blackhawks in Chicago.

The Caps had to play most of the game without Alexander Ovechkin, who was ejected at 12:16 of the first period for a boarding major penalty and a game misconduct in the nationally televised contest.

For the rest of the article, see http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner.

Washington Capitals’ 14-game winning streak snapped by Montreal Canadiens, 6-5

February 10, 2010

The Washington Capitals’ team record 14-game winning streak was snapped by the Montreal Canadiens tonight 6-5 in overtime.

Brooks Laich had a hat trick and tied the game at 5 for Washington with just 19 seconds left in regulation when he redirected a shot by Mike Knuble.

But Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec, who scored two goals, fired the game-winner past Jose Theodore with 7.5 seconds left in overtime.

For the rest of the article, see http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner.

Ovechkin’s Super Sunday: Hat trick leads Washington Caps over Pittsburgh Penguins for 14th straight

February 10, 2010

A game featuring the two best players in the NHL and pitting the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins against the red hot Washington Capitals lived up to its billing as the Caps beat the Pens 5-4 in overtime to extend their winning streak to 14.

Alexander Ovechkin’s hat trick outdid Sidney Crosby’s two goals as the Caps overcame a 4-1 deficit in a nationally televised game today at Verizon Center.

Mike Knuble capped the amazing comeback with the game-winner in overtime on a power play goal after Ovechkin’s shot clanged off the post.

For the rest of the article, see http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner.

Red hot Washington Capitals win 13th in a row, take on Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow

February 6, 2010

The Washington Capitals will try to extend their franchise record winning streak to 14 games as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow in their traditional Super Bowl Sunday contest.  The game features the NHL’s two best players, Alexander Ovechkin of the Caps and Sidney Crosby of the Penguins.

Red hot Washington Capitals win 13th in a row, 5-2 over Atlanta Thrashers

The red hot Washington Capitals won their 13th consecutive game tonight, 5-2 over the Atlanta Thrashers in Washington.

Caps backup goalie Michael Neuvirth made a career-high 43 saves as the Caps got goals from their three leading scorers: Alexander Ovechkin (39), Alexander Semin (26), and Nicklas Backstrom (25).

Ovechkin scored his league-leading 39th goal on a power play slapshot past goalie Ondrej Pavelec at the 13:41 mark of the first period. Backstrom fed Ovechkin the puck as Ovie was sprinting back from the bench after retrieving a new stick.

For the rest of the article, see http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner.

Washington Capitals win team record 12th straight over NY Rangers, Ovechkin gets 500th career point

The Washington Capitals extended their team record winning streak to 12 games with a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers last night at Madison Square Garden.

Nicklas Backstrom scored five points including the game-winning goal early in the third period, while linemate Alexander Ovechkin scored two goals.

Ovechkin scored his 500th career point in style with 8.5 seconds left in the second period, sliding the puck through the legs of Michal Rozsival and up over goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The goal, Ovie’s 38th, closed the gap to 5-4.

For the rest of the article, see http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner.

Washington Capitals beat Boston Bruins for franchise record 11th win in a row

The Washington Capitals won a team-record 11th straight game last night over the Boston Bruins, 4-1.

Brooks Laich and Boyd Gordon each scored past Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in a three minute-stretch in the 3rd period to give the Caps a 3-1 advantage. Caps goalie Jose Theodore was superb in the net, stopping 41 shots.

The Caps have won 14 of 15 games since Alexander Ovechkin was named Captain January 5. Ovechkin was named the NHL’s first star of the month for January.

For the rest of the article, see http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner.