Found April 30, 2013 on NY Rangers Blog:
Anyone with even so much as passing knowledge of the National Hockey League will be aware that stopping Alexander Ovechkin is going to be a top priority for the New York Rangers. Ovechkin led the league in goals for the third time in his NHL career this season with 32. And exactly half of them came while on the powerplay.  John Buccigross, known by many as the only person at ESPN willing to acknowledge the existence of hockey, has published some pretty interesting details on his Twitter feed about how Ovechkin is effective. Let's look at the information and expand on it.     Here is a chart depicting exactly which areas of the net Ovechkin scores his goals. Of his 32 goals this season, 18 went stick-side. The good news for the Rangers is that Henrik Lundqvist is arguably the best stick-side goaltender in the NHL. Compared to the 48 goals that Lundqvist let in on his glove-side this season, only 23 beat him stick-side. You can see from the chart that 5-hole...

Ovechkin has trouble saying line during shoot

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had some trouble saying the line "Hockey at its best" during a recent promo shoot for Verizon NHL GameCenter, leading to a hilarious blooper reel. Teammate John Carlson tries to provide some guidance for Ovechkin, but ends up producing the perfect spit-take. Video via VerizonWireless. Visit us at and follow us...

Alex Ovechkin’s Commercial Blooper Reel Is Just Glorious

Alex Ovechkin may have mastered the art of goal scoring, but his English could use a little work. [USA Today] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

Alex Ovechkin’s “Hockey At It’s Best” hilarious blooper reel

While shooting a recent NHL Gamecenter promo with his teammate John Carlson, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had some issues saying “Hockey at it’s best,” leading to this hysterical blooper reel.  Carlson tried to give Ovechkin some pointers and guidance while saying it but couldn’t hold it together either. [YouTube]

Alex Ovechkin’s inability to say “hockey at its best” leads to hilarious blooper reel

While shooting some sort of playoff promo, Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin is given the speaking line “hockey at its best,” which seems simple enough, until you remember that Ovi’s first language isn’t English. Hilarity promptly ensues. As funny as Ovechkin’s difficulty grasping the English language is, John Carlson’s spit-take is the real highlight of this blooper reel...

Alex Ovechkin heads in right direction for Caps

At first, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was not a huge fan of first-time NHL head coach Adam Oates' attempt to move him from left wing to right wing. ''We tried it a couple of times,'' Ovechkin said, reflecting on the start of the season as he prepares to face the visiting New York Rangers in Game 1 of their playoff series Thursday night. ''...

Wayne Gretzky endorses Alex Ovechkin for the Hart Trophy

Hockey fans around the league are debating which man should take home the Hart Trophy, the award given to the player judged to be the most influential for his team during the regular season. Depending on your interpretation of the award, odds are you're torn between several worthy candidates.  Which player would Wayne Gretzky pick if he was given the authority? According...

Caps’ SI Cover That Never Was

How under wraps was Collins story? I thought I was getting my 1st cover! Alas, happy to be Argo of SI this week.… — 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...

Capitals 2012-13 Regular Season Winners & Losers

Back with another guest post is Caps correspondent Brad Parker. Winners 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 ...

The Creation of a Culture for Winning

It’s a queer feeling, moving about Washington in this the season of the calendar of our perpetual discontent, and actually feeling good about the Capitals’ chances. This morning, well post cherry blossoms, I have a startling message to convey: We ought to be optimistic. Not cautiously optimistic, but full-blown optimistic. There are a handful of key attributes to the very winning...

Special teams matchup may decide the series

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America One of the oldest adages of hockey is that to win games, you must stay out of the penalty box.  Nothing revolutionary there, it makes sense that you don’t want to give your opponent too many chances to outnumber you on the ice. It will certainly ring true in Round One, when the Rangers face Washington’s #1 ranked power play, which converted...

DMV: Caps To Meet Rangers In Fight For Stanley Cup

For third straight year Caps will take on NY Rangers in playoffs. [CSNW] Alex Ovechkin put together a truly remarkable season, wins Rocket. [WT] Ovi might still hit the club, but (almost) married life suits him. [RMNB] A lot of pressure on Braden Holtby for Caps to make Cup run. [PD] Nats take 3 of 4 from Reds, but drop finale with thud from Det. [NI] Adam LaRoche in awful slump...

The Art Ross, Richard and Jennings Trophy Winners

NEW YORK (April 28, 2013) – Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis captured his second career Art Ross Trophy as the National Hockey League’s scoring champion, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin claimed his third Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the League’s goal-scoring leader, and Chicago Blackhawks goaltenders Corey Crawford and Ray Emery combined to win...

Blues Dominate Ice and Win

After the St. Louis Blues pulled out their 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in overtime in St. Louis last night, I was tremendously relieved.  Last year, the Kings took it to the Blues by completely dominating the ice.  I look back at that series and I think that the Kings won because they beat the Blues at their own game.Fast forward to today and you have to think that this...

Rangers-Capitals Preview

Things were looking bleak for the Washington Capitals in early February. Playing a new system under a rookie head coach, with a shortened training camp and zero exhibition games thanks to the lockout, Alex Ovechkin and Co. won only two of their first 11 games. Somehow, Washington wound up atop the Southeast Division and hosts the New York Rangers on Thursday night to begin an Eastern...
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