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Alex Ovechkin is back with the Washington Capitals, having made a quick return from Russia once he heard about the end of the NHL lockout.
Ovechkin was on the ice with nine other Capitals players Tuesday morning for an informal skate. The team can't hold official practices until the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified.
Ovechkin then changed into a T-shirt that read, in Russian: ''Am I really the prettiest one here, again?''
Ovechkin got engaged to tennis player Maria Kirilenko during the lockout. He was so pessimistic about the NHL labor talks that he thought he'd be spending the entire season playing in Moscow.
He says the first couple of games back in the U.S. might be hard as he gets used to a new coach and smaller rink.
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Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin is moving back to left wing for the Capitals' game against the New Jersey Devils Friday night.
Capitals coach Adam Oates announced the move before the Capitals (0-3) were to face the Devils (2-0) at the Prudential Center.
Oates moved Ovechkin to right wing at the start of the season, but moved him back to the left side in the third period...
It’s been awhile since Washington Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin has graced the pages here at SoB. The lengthy lockout had a lot to do with that, obviously, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that a man we have affectionately referred to in the past as “Unfrozen Caveman Hockey Player” has been a longtime favorite of this here site (this might be my favorite —...
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