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Video: From Alex Ovechkin's Russia, with love

By Lindsay Applebaum

The NHL and Warner Home Video released a DVD titled "Alex Ovechkin: the GR8," focused on the Caps star's time with his family in Russia. The Post's Dan Steinberg chats with Ovechkin and owner Ted Leonsis outside of Hudson Restaurant in D.C. about feeling lucky, McDonald's and loving animals.

Watch the video below:


(Video by Anna Uhls/The Washington Post)

Read more about the DVD and Ovechkin's home life at the D.C. Sports Bog, and in the story from today's print edition.

By Lindsay Applebaum  | November 16, 2010; 1:21 PM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin  
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Is anyone surprised? Ovi was suspended for the same thing Hossa did in the playoffs last year. Do I think either was a penalty? Let's put it this way, Ovi's questionable hit happened early in a regular season game with the score tied 0-0. Hossa's happened at the end of what appeared to be a certain loss at the end of playoff game. Tell me who had more anger built up? Especially since Hossa was a no-show up to that point in the series.

The crappy thing is Kane scored to tie it up while short handed, and then Hossa, who should have been ejected for his it if Ovi was scores the OT winner. Hamhuis was out for the rest of the series and Hossa ended up winning the Cup.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 16, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"Without luck nothing can happens" he said it, hope he has some more to go round when the play offs get here

Posted by: bqts | November 16, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

NHL.com has a piece on McPhee and demanding 60 minute efforts. Then it ranks the East and under the Caps it says this:


1. Washington Capitals (13-4-1, 27 points)
McPhee told NHL.com goalie Semyon Varlamov (groin) is going to stay with the AHL Hershey Bears until team doctors are certain he's 100 percent. Varlamov injured his groin in the preseason and aggravated it in the one game he played earlier this season. "Rather than make that mistake again, we'll let him play in Hershey for two, three, four or even five weeks so he can play and make sure his health is right," McPhee said. The Capitals are 7-0-1 in their last eight games.

Posted by: ThePat | November 16, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Ovie chat on ESPN interesting answer to the Pavel Bure question http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/35494/capitals-alex-ovechkin

Posted by: bqts | November 16, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Just in case you missed this on the last thread, it's worth reading.

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/b73Ba

Posted by: pittshater | November 16, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McPhee should send Poti to Hershey until his groin is right too. And, in the meanwhile, get us that solid, nasty d-man we need.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 16, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

@fan - while I'd disagree about Hossa's perceived effectiveness in last year's playoffs [and judging from his TOI, Quenneville certainly did as well - he was clearly one of Chi's top-3 forwards], your larger point is unquestionably valid.

I.e., Colin Campbell's a biased jackass, as Rangers fans suspected all along [who's the only guy who could keep Kovalev under a point per game? A: Colin Campbell]. Now, it appears he has no integrity, to boot. Can't say I'm surprised.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | November 16, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

In case there are any Campbell apologists out there, the issue is not whether the guy's policies are too harsh or not harsh enough. The problem is inconsistency and lack of due process - clear rules, enforced consistently, with transparency. Campbell is a good ole boy who is completely in over his head. He is about the last guy who should be chosen to administer an enforcement program.

This just makes the NHL look more like pro wrestling.

Posted by: zmega | November 16, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The problem is inconsistency and lack of due process - clear rules, enforced consistently, with transparency. Campbell is a good ole boy who is completely in over his head. He is about the last guy who should be chosen to administer an enforcement program.
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Exactly.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | November 16, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Seperation of Church and State. If the NHL front office keeps medling into the games, they will open up hockey to questionable conduct bordering on the NBA fiasco with referee Tim Donaghy. Big brother affecting outcomes of games and guess what, no more fans!
Colin Campbell does not just bring himself into the fold, he brings the entire NHL Office of The Commissioner with him. Purists and casual fans alike are being turned off to hockey because of Campbell, and hope someone puts the brakes on this before it becomes catastrophic. Maybe too late already.

Posted by: RodLangwayFan | November 16, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Not enough people bet on NHL games to care how crooked Colin Campbell is...

if they did then they would be a lot more transparent about the injuries like the NFL.

Posted by: joek443 | November 16, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

As for the injury excuse, c'mon - almost everybody's banged up come playoff time; if they can't produce in the playoffs, no excuses. He just couldn't get it done.

I'm sure Semin had a lot of bumps and bruises, as did Ovie, Backs.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | November 16, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse
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http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2010/04/no_joke_flyers_jeff_carter_and.html

1. Carter did come back later in the playoffs.

2. If this was Semin, he might still be out.

Posted by: joek443 | November 16, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Ok sports fans,

Here's the big question. Has Alex Semin "grown up", or is he still the same "head case" that has left so many of us at the games pounding our seats in frustration?

He may be a "head case" in a contract year. GMGM's entire rebuild hings on this guy's performance in the playoffs. Semin is going to take up so much cap space, he's gotta' come up huge in the playoffs. No more crossbars in game 7's. No more 75% efforts in game 5 elim. games.

Yea, Semin is way more talented than Carter. But, I've watched so much playoff hockey that it is always seems the guys like Carter have those huge series, and clinching goals.

Lastly, I wonder where Alan May stands on the Semin issue. I trust May's playoff hockey instincts more than GMGM's.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | November 16, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

@tominBRUSHFIREsocal

Man, do we need that nasty defenseman. It would change the whole dynamic of the team in the playoffs.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | November 16, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

if you think that the 'soft' euro's today are going to change the game... the real change is tonight in colorado.
check out this euro that will be taking the ice:
http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/championships/world-championships/news-singleview-world-championchips/article/vinnerborg-to-make-nhl-debut.html?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=309&cHash=c45a00496c

the game - she is a changin'

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 16, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

sorry - not in colorado - but dallas

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 16, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Everyone loves to talk about this mean defenseman the Caps absolutely need to have in order to be successful when it counts. I don't disagree that it would be nice but what is the additional value other than intimidation over a smart positionally sound one? I feel this team has a good amount of physical presence finally with Erskine, Chimera, Hendricks (what a find this guy turned out to be), Brads. Also I never get to hear who these defensmen are and how much they would realistically cost the Caps and what teams would even be slightly interested in moving them?

Posted by: nikitaov222 | November 17, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Sheldon would be nice back on that blue line.

Stop it with Chimera's physical presence !

Erskine in the "fight of the year" is sweet !!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | November 17, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

why does Semin's play in november matter? He is a playoff "no show". Its so obvious that GMGM trade him at the deadline for a blueliner. SO OBVIOUS.

Posted by: broud0 | November 17, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Philly blanked by the Habs, that is surprising. 41 saves for Price and the Flithy Flyers act like goons at the end. The more I see the FLithy team, the more I just do not like them. Even though the Habs beat the Caps last year, I respect them so much more than Flithy.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | November 17, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Man, do we need that nasty defenseman. It would change the whole dynamic of the team in the playoffs.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | November 16, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I think we both know that Erskine could be that dman if the team would just give him a chance. Doesn't anybody remember that he was our best defenseman 2 yrs ago in the playoffs (playing hurt, no less)? Any defenseman acquired by the team should bump Alzner or Shultz from the line-up; those heartless robots are incapable of doing "whatever it takes" to win regular season games, so forget about playoff games (3yrs of playoff hockey have shown me all I need to see from Shultz)

Posted by: vermontcaps | November 17, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

So no updates since yesterday at 1:20 PM...which means we can expect about 2-3 within 10 minutes here sometime around 10-11 AM today, frustrating everyone and having like 3 different threads with 2 different conversations? Yay game day.

@vermontcaps
I have been impressed with Erskine so far this year (minus his fly swatting against Buffalo), and yes he played great a couple years ago in the playoffs and should be able to fight for a D spot.

Having said that (honesty first so that now I can joke), have you reached out to him about paying you for being his PR rep? You do a good job of hyping him, and should be paid accordingly. Or at least some type of co-agent fee if he gets resigned (because we now know that Caps and mgmt read the CI and listen to us posters) =)

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | November 17, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

vermontcaps: I am convinced that you know absolutely nothing about hockey if you think Schultz will be a healthy scratch. He lead the entire league, not only the Caps, the ENTIRE league in +/- last year.

This season, he logs over 21 mins per game, and is a mainstay on the PK. I am sure you would love to see him train wreck some people by using his size, who wouldn't? But to keep piling on him and trying to sell him as a top 6 only because he plays for the Capitals is blind hate.

Erskine is a fun player to watch but he would be a healthy scratch before Schultz, even if they both played for other teams in the NHL.

Alzner has made some rookie mistakes too, but all in all he hasn't done too bad. He looks more comfortable and confident every game. Yes, he had a horrible turn-over in Buffalo resulting in a goal. His confidence was shaken by that too. However, he has played very solid in my humble opinion, and the acquisition of a solid stay at home guy would not bump him from the line-up. If all defensemen become healthy Erskine and Sloan would be the two defensemen rotated out of the line-up most often. If we acquired another stay at home guy, he would most likely be paired with Poti and the pairings would be:

Poti/New dude
Green/Schultz
Carlson/Alzner

Alzner might sit when the Flyers roll around, unless of course the new dude drops the mits. Erskine a fun guy to watch, and a great feel good story, but the fact of the matter is, he has proven while in Washington that he starts to make a lot of mistakes if he has to play a lot of games. Probably because of the way he sacrifices his body. I am sure he is sore as hell after every game. He knows he has to play that way to stay in the line-up. Not as much this year, but he would do the big step up in the neutral zone hit and leave his defensive partner out to dry. With the injuries, IMO, he is able to play a little tighter and doesn't feel he has to deliver the helmet removing hit to stay in the line-up right now. Both he and Sloan play better when they seem to have a sure spot like they do now.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 17, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Erskine has proven himself to be a really good physical 5-6 D man this season...but thats what he is and what we need is a gritty 2-3 D man that can play 20-25 minutes a game and shut down another teams top player.

We need a shadow for the crosby' Stamkos, ad Gaboricks!

Posted by: capscoach | November 17, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Where is the Morning Round-Up?

Posted by: instinct227 | November 17, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Where is the Morning Round-Up?

Posted by: instinct227 | November 17, 2010 9:33 AM

And also where is the game going to be televised tonight?????? Beninati said Sunday that he game against Buffalo was on "Versus II" but I have never seen or heard of it and Comcast has the Whatzits game and nothing even close to a sporting event is scheduled for CSN II!

Posted by: OldCapCenter | November 17, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I agree that Erskine has proven he is a 6-7 dman, depending on the team the Caps are playing. His grit, his positional play, his physicality make him a very good fit against Boston or Philthy. Against a speedy, mini-mite team, he is a liability with his slow foot speed, such as Tampa or the Habs. Would I place Erksine in the line-up over Sloan any day he is healthy, yes. Would I place him ahead or Alzner, sometimes yes, when Karl is slumping, down on himself. As it is with injuries, Erksine will log a lot of minutes this year as he should. I would like to see a shut-down hoss paired with a healthy Poti as the 2nd pairing come the playoffs. Green has picked up his physical play, so he makes up, to an extent, the Sarge's lack of physical play. That being said, Green is such a more dynamic skater with incredible footspeed, he can gamble with the big hit that would leave the sarge out of position. Do I want the Sarge to lower the boom in the crease on occassions -- he double hockey-sticks, yes. Nuff said.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | November 17, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

vermontcaps: Erskine has stepped it up this year and is a fine 3rd pair D man. But he and everyone on the club the last three years have had the chance to keep the crease clear and no on can do it. If we can't even keep Crosby out of the crease, how would we fair in a really tough series? We need one guy who has at least some Rouse or Tinordi in him. Meanness and a little more talent.

As for Schultz, anyone can look up the NHL plus/minus leaders year by year. Most of them are HoF or regular All-Stars. OK, some of it was Ovi line and all, but that list should tell you that you don't lead the league in +/- by luck alone. If we had Schultz paired with say Tinordi back in the day it would be a very effective D pair.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 17, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Colin Campbell has always had a cushy job. There are no guidelines for disciplining a player and he's very inconsistent with how he does it. It's no surprise that this has come to light. BUT... we are assuming that the inferences that the blogger made are correct. What if they are not?

Regarding Varlamov, I like GMGM's statement of letting him play 2-5 weeks down there so he can fully heal up. More time to look at Braden Holtby! Hehe

Posted by: FrankM73 | November 17, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Let me say Schultz is beginning to remind me of Calle Johansson, and that is a good thing. BUT, you can't win with Calle Jo alone, not even maybe six of them. You need all sorts of differing talents on the blueline.

Go look up every Cup winner back to early 70s and almost every one was anchored by a tough D man who eventually went to the HoF. Guys like Potvin, Robinson, Stevens. The exceptions to some extent Coffey and Lidstrom but they were incredibly talented and those teams had lots of toughness on D as well (plus Wings had Chelios at times and both teams had Larry Murphy).

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 17, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Damn, the Caps had both Stevens and Murphy -- bad trades, very bad trades.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | November 17, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

@FrankM73

And it allows the Caps to avoid a goat lending duel until further down the road. And allows both yutes to play rather than have one sit until the others hot streak fizzles.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | November 17, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

JIM: It wasn't completely bad - Murphy for Rouse, until we traded Rouse for Iafrate and Iafrate for Juneau and Juneau for Alexei Tezikov.

Larry Murphy for Alexei Tezikov. Yeah, that was bad.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 17, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

@ OldCapCenter:

The Caps vs. Sabres game tonight will be aired on CSN+ (which is basically the overflow channel of Comcast Sports Network). If you have trouble finding it, call your local cable company and find out which channel it is. My TV shows the listing as TCNHD. If I knew where you lived, I might be able to help you figure out what the actual channel number is. Good luck!

Posted by: pittshater | November 17, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

But, I've watched so much playoff hockey that it is always seems the guys like Carter have those huge series
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Yeah, Carter was terrific in the finals against MTL - maybe that was why Laviollette sat him so much that series?

Posted by: Timbo_1 | November 17, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if anyone is still viewing this thread, but I will post anyway.

I think that prior to the season we all would have been in agreeance that Erskine/Sloan would be the two to sit, should the team ever acquire the much coveted shut-down defenceman. HOWEVER, I think that Erskine has played his way on to this team's top 6 Dmen. Personally, I would rotate Alzner/Carlson/Erskine out of the line up (if there were to be a new guy and everyone was healthy) but if the playoffs started right now and I was coach, I would have Erskine dressed and Alzner sitting.

Moreover, BB APPEARS to be rewarding good play this year. For instance, Fehr sat a game, Laich appeared to be benched, and the grinders were out with an empty net, all of which are things that never would have happened last year. I think that, based on this standard, Erskine should (and would) be rewarded with a jersey, at least to start the playoffs (if, again, they started today)

Green - Schultz
Carlson - New Fellow
Poti - Erskine

That's how I would do it anyways. Okay, back to being a teacher.

Posted by: Aldred15 | November 17, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Before he got tragically hurt in the limo crash celebrating [yet another] Cup win, Vladimir Konstantinov was the prototypical shutdown, nasty d-man - in fact, he typically drew the other team's biggest offensive line responsibilities, even over Lidstrom. Not tall, but wide and strong and quick and very, very "not nice to play against" in the words of Barry Melrose.

And he had a deep impact on his teammates - as great as Federov's HOF career was throughout, I never felt Feds was quite the same dominant force after Vlad's career-ending injuries; nobody wanted "Vlad the Impaler" coming after them for retribution.

I really hoped and thought the A-Train [Volchenkov] might be able to exert a similar influence here, and I know others here did, too. Oh, well.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | November 17, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

@Aldred - that's a good analysis, and I agree no way the guys like you mentioned get sat by BB last year; it does appear to be much more merit-based so far which is great.

I agree by the end of the season Carlson will be on the 2nd pair - my overriding concern is Schultz in the playoffs in a shutdown role. For consecutive playoffs now - and counting - he has struggled mightily against forwards who are quick and/or strong - those are, by definition almost, the guys a #1 pair will see come springtime.

How many more playoffs will it take?

Posted by: Timbo_1 | November 17, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

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