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Video: Capitals’ Ovechkin powering up in pre-season

Sep 27, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin has a pair of goals for the Washington Capitals tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers, and although the one featured in the video isn’t a jaw-dropping highlight, it’s notable nonetheless.

For Ovechkin, it’s his fourth goal of the pre-season. Interesting in that all four of his goals have come on the power play, according to Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington.

Ovechkin, typically lined up on the left side to let go of that booming off-wing slap shot, has always been a threat with the man advantage. Although, he’s coming off a strong 2013 lockout-shortened season when he scored 16 power play goals.

It was the first time since 2008-09 he’s hit that mark or better.

  1. crazemastercraze - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Ray Emery: “here Ovie, you can have the puck, I don’t want it. Go ahead, score a goal, I couldn’t care less”

  2. peterjohnjoseph - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    The way the commentator says O-V instead of OVI is like a middle aged father trying to use Tuuka Rask’s nickname to sound trendy and saying “Took” instead of “Tuuuuuk”.

    • blomfeld - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      YES, ‘OVI’ RULZ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    • babykaby - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      Can you believe this guy has been the commentator for the Caps for years and he is the only one, probably in the entire world, that pronounces Ovi’s nickname like that? As a Caps fan that has had to listen to this guy for years, it is beyond frustrating. He’s the same guy that when he would interview players, his image would be almost full screen and the player would be shown in a tiny window. Talk about no respect for current players. This bozo has a bigger ego than Mike Milberry and that’s saying something. Caps need to do more play by play and less bs color commentary from this jerk, that noone cares about. It is so bad I generally end up turning the sound off when watching the game. So sad.

      • blomfeld - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        GO OVAY !!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

        “This bozo has a bigger ego than Mike Milberry and that’s saying something” …

        babykaby – just how the hell are you supposed to be a hockey fan for ‘years’ and yet you can’t even spell Mike Milbury’s name correctly ? … like, are you a joke or something ? … like, maybe your hero OVAY ? …

        *** here’s the deal friends using ‘basic’ Stransky formulae ***

        if X = Gormley’s ego, Y = Milberry’s ego and Z = Ovechkin’s ego …

        then Z is > X or Y … today, tomorrow and forever !

  3. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Only Ovechkin could have scored that one. What a highlight real goal. The skill it takes the hit the net from that far out. Amazing!

    • hockeydon10 - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      No kidding. His first one was more indicative of that one-timer from the left side he uses on the PP all the time.

      At least he didn’t celebrate and ham it up this time. Even he could see how easy it was.

  4. joey4id - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    I think this is a very important year for OV & the Caps organization. The whole team from owner down to the equipment manager have to be on point this year and make it to the Confernce Final at he very least. Otherwise it may be time for a reset, and the departure of OV will have to be an option to consider. OVs offensive abilities and the other top six forwards are not of much concern as long as they stay healthy. However, OVs overall game has to be the best it has ever been. Who will be the bottom six forwards remain to be seen, and frankly surprising that the decision has not been made.

    • maria716 - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Unless you are talking about a buyout I’m not sure who you think will take on a contract with a $9.5mil cap hit & $10mil paycheck for the next seven years for a player that another team doesn’t have faith in to lead his team even to the conference finals.

      • joey4id - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        Good comment, Maria. Keep in mind that the “Greatest” player of all time was traded while he was still in his prime. Grant it! The circumstances surrounding “The Trade” were different.

        I think OV is too young and too good for a buyout, and he does have a lot of value. OV, with the right team, and more importantly, with a team that already has strong leaders on and off the ice could help a team drive deep in the playoffs. I haven’t done the exercise with respect to where he can go, but I would start off in the west. (Perhaps LA) Who’s got cap space? Who has young guns tagged to become superstars, and 1st round draft choices. Teams can swap players to mutually help each other stay within the Cap. Point being, he’s damn good, but not enough of a rounded player to be a franchise player…. unless he come out with a Conarcher like quote.

        “I’m looking to be more reliable on the ice this year,” Conacher said. “Defence is a big part of this game. And it’s a big part of winning, as well. I’ve got to focus on that first. And if I am playing with Turris and MacArthur, or whoever it is, the offence will come as long as you play good defensively. It’s about being comfortable and well positioned in the defensive zone.”

        If he decides to play very well both ways, then the Caps will be a better team.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Sep 28, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        I think I could name about 5 teams that are the bottom of the barrel that would salivate over the option to have OV on their roster just for the amount it would make them in ticket sales, marketing, and attention.

    • polegojim - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      Sadly, there are very good players in every sport that don’t win big… and come with a high price tag.

      Dan Marino
      Todd Helton
      Until 2012 – Lebron James

      I don’t think Ovi is great… but very good. I’ve knocked him for playing only ‘part of the seasons’… but would love to have him in a Red Wing sweater… next to Dats, Hank, and Alfie.

      • joey4id - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        That would be an excellent group of players to be with and learn how important it is to play both ways. However, trading him to Detroit now that they are in the EC could come back and bite WSH. Lemieux learned what it was to be a great leader when he played with TC and won the Canada Cup with Gretzky in 1987. OV needs a mentor.

    • babykaby - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      Ovi is the guy that fills the seats at the Verizon center. He has done his job, his third Hart proves that, the problem is no one else ever steps up. As we all know one person does not win a cup, it takes a team effort. Ovi isn’t going anywhere, thank goodness. If you were a Caps fan, or watched more than a handfull of Caps games, or even really knew hockey, you would realize what I say is true. Maybe you’re hoping your team will get him?

      • blomfeld - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        “Ovi is the guy that fills the seats at the Verizon center” …

        You dope … and David Haselfoff ‘sold out’ soccer arenas in Germany when he did that stupid singing thing back in the late 80’s … so what’s your point ?

  5. snipedanglecelly13 - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    I could’ve scored that goal, except I would’ve hit top shelf left corner instead of the middle of the net lol

  6. maria716 - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    @joey4id –
    I understand that teams can make trades using players, draft picks, conditional draft picks, cash offsets & even “players yet to be named” in various combinations to adjust for cap impact. However, I believe it would be harder than most seem to think to find a trading partner. The team would not only need the cap space, but a place on their roster that made sense (any team could find a roster spot but then the question is whether or not OV is that much of an upgrade over who they currently have that it justifies the cost) & do they believe he can continue to produce like he has for 7 more years (or that they will be able to trade him away later).
    Lastly, since OV has a NTC it isn’t just a matter of finding a team who will meet the asking price, it’s finding a team who will meet the asking price AND that OV will agree to be traded to. The Capitals may just have to adjust the roster around him & hope he adjusts his game to be a bit more defensively responsible. It might take longer than fans want it to, but that may be their best option.

    • babykaby - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      Why would any gm, with any sense at all want to trade the top scorer in the league? Especially when your teams main problem is scoring. To even think about trading Ovi doesn’t make sense and shows an absolute lack of understanding the game.

      • blomfeld - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        and why would anybody say ‘that noone cares about’ ? … please explain just what the hell a ‘noone’ is eh ?

  7. larsonm0572 - Sep 29, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    hey @blommfeld,

    Why don’t you stop pathetically trying to troll people from the bottom of your mother’s basement. Holy cow, I know you like to read all of your insanely “clever” comments, and really get a kick out of david Hasselhoff, but seriously get out a bit, maybe read a book on hockey, and then comment once you know the game just well enough to pick up NHL 14 and be a sick johnny dangler on there okay?

    Hockey fans everywhere

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