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Ovechkin Sets Records

With two goals tonight, Alex Ovechkin became the first Washington player to score twice in an all-star game. He now has three goals in his two all-star appearances, more than any player in Caps' history. (Mike Gartner had two in four all-star games).

I asked Ovechkin about the milestones and he shrugged. "I didn't know this until you tell me." Then there was a long pause and another shrug and a smile. "I'm good," he said.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 27, 2008; 10:21 PM ET
 
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3rddd...Good for Ovie, great weekend for him

Posted by: The Hand | January 27, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

XD Classic Ovie. Thanks Tarik for the great coverage as always.

Posted by: Trevor | January 27, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,
I could never find you Sunday Ovechkin story on line. Was it ever uploaded?

Posted by: CapsFanSect211 | January 27, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

That's the understatement of the weekend!!!

Posted by: E | January 27, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Tarik's feature was not posted on the Capitals section of the website, but could be found on the main sports area. Or check here

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/26/AR2008012602189.html

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | January 27, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Yes you are Alex... yes you are.

Posted by: Bret | January 27, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Alright...now the fun is over. Now back to work and the Caps have some catching up to do. Let's have a nice practice tomorrow and take care of business at Montreal.

Posted by: RIT | January 28, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Actually, that's a little surprising.

I figured Bondra had at least a few goals, hell, he was at the all star game a few times.

Does anyone have that particular stat?

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | January 28, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

"Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals had a pair of goals while Marian Hossa of the hometown Thrashers, Andrei Markov of the Montreal Canadiens and Brian Campbell of the Buffalo Sabres also scored for the East, who won despite missing the game's brightest star in Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins."

I just threw up a little in my mouth.

Posted by: keef | January 28, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't, Keef.
Usually the brightest stars burn the shortest amount of time.

Posted by: Whiter Mage | January 28, 2008 2:15 AM | Report abuse

..and to mauree. That quote above is why some of us groan when announcers and interviewers fawn over Crosby.

No one's arguing about his talent, it's that everyone blows it out of proportion and holds him above everyone else in the league.

Normally I'd attribute our attitude to "homer-ism" but Ovie really is that great of a player that he shouldn't be placed below Crosby.

Posted by: keef | January 28, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

I wish you guys would open your mouth when you throw up.

Posted by: mouth | January 28, 2008 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Agreed. "Threw up in my mouth a little" is no longer clever or funny.

Posted by: floor | January 28, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Guys,

Crosby's a diver. That's all that needs to be said. He whines when he gets hit. The tide will turn as more and more fans see what kind of player #8 is. Ignore the media and focus on what a gem we have. Don't feed the beast.

Posted by: Esa Tikkanen | January 28, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Great article about great guy...

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080128/SPORTS0103/801280318/1128/rss16

"It's a feather in my cap," said Thomas, a 33-year-old Davison native who actually earned the victory in Sunday's 8-7 triumph for the Eastern Conference. "I talked to my brother the other day and he told me, 'You know, when you're 70 you can tell your grandkids you were in an All-Star game.'

"I hope I can remember it by then, because I am a goalie and I do get hit in the head."

lol

Posted by: alexovetjkin | January 28, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I want to like the Bruins so much because of Tim Thomas and Chara and Savard, but they play such a boring game..

Posted by: Jordan | January 28, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Dear NHL: Next year, please mic Ovie!

Other than Ovie, my favorite part of the All-Star activities was Rick DiPietro being mic'd both nights, and especially his calling the play-by-play from his crease at the end of the first last night. Brilliant! Now we know what he'll be doing in 15 years!

P.S. Emrick and Co. need to learn only to gab with the mic'd goalies when the puck is safely out of their zone...

Posted by: Jill | January 28, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I vote that the NHL mic up Backstrom the night before the game as well.

Posted by: Esa Tikkanen | January 28, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it weird about this year all-star goalies? Legace was let go by Red Wings. Some people doubted that Osgood could be even a good backup and then Thomas!

Hey, maybe Breant Johnson is like that? So far, so good... knocj on wood...

Is this the year? :-)

Posted by: alexovetjkin | January 28, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

No mention of that wacky sequence where the East obviously had too many men on the ice? Looked like Ovie was being defensively responsible when his line switched out. Surprised they didn't call it, they had 6 skaters for like a whole minute.

Posted by: tallbear | January 28, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for typos, Brent Johnson, knock on wood... :-)

Hey, next year Ovie's English would be even better, maybe with slight Swedish accent :) (see Tarik's article), but he would be a good candidate for a mic...

Posted by: alexovetjkin | January 28, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

From Sidney Crosby Show blog:

"As much as I hate to admit it, Ovechkin was the clear winner here. He had a few attempts to show off. As he raced down the ice, he picked the puck up off the ice with the blade of his stick, bounced (dribbled?) it a few times, then tossed it up in the air and tried to bat it on goal like a baseball. The first time didn't work, and neither did the second try. For his third try, he repeated the above steps but tossed the puck several feet in the air on the last step. He then did a 360° spin and then tried to swat it in like a baseball. All three times he missed the puck completely on the last step ("I'm a terrible baseball player," Ovechkin admitted later.), but what a showman! That would have been a highlight for the ages if he had made the goal. Even I almost forgot how much I dislike the guy - ALMOST. ;)"

Posted by: alexovetjkin | January 28, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand how anyoone can "dislike" Ovie unless it is just because of the sweater he wears. I have seen so many negative things written about him by fans of other teams that seem to me to be patently untrue...like about his ego, etc. I truly don't think he has much of one -- he's confident, and has every reason to be. But when he makes comments like "I'm good" I always think he's just being mischievous, not arrogant. He strikes me as somewhat self-deprecating and humble, actually, although I am only going on what I read and see. He just oozes personality, what's not to like?

Posted by: Jill | January 28, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

> He strikes me as somewhat self-deprecating and humble

You should read the interview with SovSport where he says that his slapshot is nothing compared to Kovalchuk's, that his hands and skating are worse than Datsyuk, etc.

Of course, he knows he is good, but at the same time he is very humble...

Posted by: alexovetjkin | January 28, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I totally agree with Jill.

By the way, I think Nash should have been MVP.

Posted by: erika | January 28, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Just bought 4 extra's for Sat's game vs. Atlanta. With 6 days to go, not a ton of good seats left up top...Row O was the lowest I could get. I smell a sell-out.

Posted by: Sell Out? | January 28, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"Young Wingers Clicking", WINGERS?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 28, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

@ Tarik - Serious question regarding your article today: you know I love ya man, but could the same article have been written without mention of Crosby's absence and Ovie being able to "steal the spotlight" as a result? Could Sid's absence have been mentioned without it being the qualifier that allowed Ovie to be in the limelight? Do you truly believe this?

I personally don't even think Ovie considers Sid a rival - I think the so-called "rivalry" is manufactured by the league and press. It's one thing when the mainstream hockey media does this. But it is disappointing when even a Caps beat reporter states both in the paper and his blog that Ovie only got the attention he did because Sid isn't there. Could Ovie have shone even with Sid getting the lions's share of the headlines and highlight reels? I guess I am asking questions you've already answered in your work. I'm kinda disappointed.

Posted by: Jill | January 28, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Ovie didn't have to "steal" the spotlight, he just didn't have to share it with Crosby. Ovechkin would have been in the spotlight regardless.

But that said, give Crosby his due, he is a great hockey player. I'll take Ovie, but Syd the kid is not bad and the competition between the two, both on the ice and in the press, is a public relations coup.

Posted by: Muddapucker | January 28, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

NEW YORK -- Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending January 27.

Posted by: alexovetjkin | January 28, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad the NHL showcased Ovie last night. Crosby gets a lot of the spotlight because he's Canadian but Ovie has been amazing this year and it was great that the NHL recognized that. Green should have been there. He would have wowed everyone with his trademark end to end rushes.

Posted by: madflava | January 28, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

While I'm dissppointed that Green did not get the recognition he deserves, I'm glad he had some down-time. He has looked slower than usual, maybe from playing so many minutes. I hope the rest and the slight light a fire under him for more goals and more rushes. It'll also help that Morrison should be back.

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