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Ovechkin’s belly-pat celebration is getting a lot of pub

Mar 26, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

With nine goals in his last nine games, Alex Ovechkin‘s had plenty of opportunity to celebrate goals lately.

But as the Washington Post points out, it’s one particular celebration that’s making waves:

The Belly Pat.

More, from Caps Insider:

Alex Ovechkin is looking a lot more like his two-time MVP winning self — but with one notable difference.

Instead of treating Verizon Center fans to the patented hurling-the-body-into-the-boards goal celebration on Sunday in a 3-0 win over Minnesota, Washington’s star left wing again displayed his new belly-pat move after his wrister in the third period.

Ovechkin debuted the new celebration Thursday in Philadelphia, but nobody seems to know where it came from.

The Post’s Tarik El-Bashir asked about it Sunday, but the Capitals’ captain laughed it off: “Nothing. I do it before, I think.”

Cheers to Caps blog Russian Machine Never Breaks for pointing out that Ovi’s gone belly-pat after each of his last five goals. And jeers to Dustin Penner for not thinking of this first.

  1. xxshookonexx - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    During his struggles, weren’t they calling him fat and out-of-shape? Makes sense that it has to do with that since he’s scoring again. A big F U to those who were saying that?

    Just a thought

    • govtminion - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      See that’s how I’m reading it too, sort of taunting back at his critics. Whatever the reason, it sure is good to see him back to form lately.

      • ravenscaps48 - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        He’s Hungry… GET IN MY BELL-AY!!!

  2. crosbyschapstick - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    What is this? ProCapitalsTalk. No one gives a care about the HackStackedZeros and his over the top celebrations for the most boring of goals. I want updates on the Franchize, not Robin Willams and his gaggle of merry men. S.C.A.

  3. hockeyfan1701 - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    It is good he playing well again. The NHL needs big name stars playing well.

  4. cableguymike - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    “And jeers to Dustin Penner for not thinking of this first.”

    The problem isn’t that Dustin didn’t think of it first. It’s that he never scores.

    • govtminion - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Good point. He might have had this in mind for months and just never had a chance to use it.

    • velocirapist - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      http://www.hiyoooo.com/

  5. danphipps01 - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Get back to me when he decides to work this hard all season again instead of taking fifty or sixty games a year off. To those Caps fans who think I’m being too harsh on the guy… he notched 65 in one year. He did so by playing like this all season. Once he gets back to trying for more than five or ten games, I’ll be impressed. Until then… yeah, nice of you to show up finally. Just in time to (maybe) scrape into the playoffs. Maybe show up a little earlier next time, help out a little or something. =/

    • rockthered1286 - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      He’s playing under a completely different system with a completely different supporting cast under a different HC with a league that has familiarized himself with his moves. Teams figure players out, that’s not exactly breaking news. And I can go into how one player isn’t the whole team, he can’t pass to himself everytime, so on and so forth, but I won’t waste your time. If you want to point out a lazy player, look at Semin. He literally takes it easy unless the puck is on his stick and is afraid to play physical. Treats it like soccer which is uncalled for in the NHL. Ovi is the example of an all around player.

      • crosberries - Mar 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

        I know when I think of an all around player ovi is the first person that comes to mind. Hahahahaha I can’t type that withouth laughing

      • rockthered1286 - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:54 AM

        I’m sorry crosberries, instead do you think of your pansy captain who just came back from an extended vacation and doesn’t understand what it takes to play physical? You know, they guy who, back in a game against the Caps, couldn’t take Ovi’s hip checks so he waited until the whistle blew on a dead play and lunged at his throat in a choking manner? I think his name is Cindy? Yea thats a true all around player…

    • stakex - Mar 26, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      Thing is dan, Ovechkins not really playing much different now then he was most of the season. He does seem to have a bit more jump in his step, but scoring 9 goals in 9 games will do that to you. The major difference is that his shots are actually going in… and hes starting gel a bit with a new cast around him and a new system driving the way he plays.

      Which brings us to the big problem for Ovechkin: If hes not scoring, everyone thinks its because hes not trying. Its never becasue hes being forced to play in a defense-first system, or because he lacks a number one center to play with, or because hes stuck playing with guys who would be 3rd liners on any other team. Those aren’t good reasons, it HAS to be lazyness right?

  6. fbothharbaughs - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Looks like he’s breaking out a new jig just in time… for his team’s annual playoff swoon. What a douche…

    • ravenscaps48 - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      Nice Name…. Douche.

      • fbothharbaughs - Mar 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM

        Ah, ravenscaps 48… synonymous w/all things LOSING

  7. subliminalnoize - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    It figures, Crosby’s back, the Pens are winning and tail by one point in the east. But all Pens fans can do is come here and bash Ovi, no wonder people think your a bunch of d-bags.

  8. fbothharbaughs - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    @ subliminalnoize, all one needs to know about ovechkin lies in the headline.

    Can’t recall any of the Pens having an article written about any of their post-goal celebratory antics…

    Win something, Ovi, & stop worrying about how cool you (think you) look.

    BTW, can’t recall Byslma ever benching Sid or Geno at the end of a close game…

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