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Ovechkin's Breakaway Challenge Winner

Here's a short Q&A with Alex after he won the Breakaway Challenge for the second straight year:

Q: Alex, where did you get the idea to do the hat and glasses?
A: Well, it was last night. I actually talked to [team PR guru] Nate Ewell about it, and I said it's going to be fun, and you have to try it.

Q: You seem to enjoy the spotlight. Does hockey need more of that?
A: I think fans have to see who we are. They see our skills, and the last trick was just for fun. Fans love it.

Q: About trying to recreate 'The Goal', can it be done or should you just quit trying?
A: It's one time, and it goes in, and right now I feel like no more time [laughing] no more try.

Q: On the shot with the two sticks, where did that come from?
A: The hat was just one piece of my trick. It's the same skill. I try to use different stick, and then I try to use it left shot. It went in, so I was pretty happy."

Q: Why did you go to Evgeni for help?
A: It's during the bench. Kovalchuk [was supposed to help] me. But Kovy said let's do Malkin -- give me water, put my hat, clean my sunglasses and give me his stick. So I think it's pretty fun.

And not just for him.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 24, 2009; 10:07 PM ET
 
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Comments

kovalchuk geeking out behind the shot of malkin and ovy was awesome.

russians reign.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 24, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil, Kovy was definitely enjoying himself. Might be he's got a motive (Russian Olympic dominance)for trying to get his countrymen to cooperate and further mend their "rift".

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 24, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

Agree...even though I HATE pittsburgh...good to see the getting along with Malkin and also Kovy's push to Malkin...nice touch...no one likes ill will.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | January 24, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Why not ask him the obvious question? Did he and Malkin make up?

Posted by: VegasCapsFan | January 24, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

From last post: Well, I see merit to both sides. Martin St. Louis had the better stickhandling moves and pulled them off beautifully, but he was very clinical about it. Ovi was far and away the better performer, and the better showman. I about keeled over laughing at the hat.

I was glad to see Malkin do it, too, and good on Kovalchuk for pushing it to Malkin.

Agreed that Ovechkin is easily the NHL's most colorful personality. I love him so much. How did we get that lucky in the draft? :)

Posted by: kittypawz | January 24, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I'm glad to see them getting along a little better. In the last post someone said they wanted to see the feud keep going since the caps are 2-0 since it started, but the last game it was more Malkin doing the hitting and Ov just played his game and let the media hype it all up. And we know the outcome of the last game.

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 24, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Next year, somebody needs to incorporate a rolling office chair.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 24, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

funny stuff. Malkin and Ovechkin are just taunting the media at this point.
: )

Posted by: oo7 | January 24, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

@jmu_capsgirl: LOL! I can see this, too. I was waiting to see someone treat the puck like a hackeysack ball and bounce it off their skate - now THAT would be a display of puck control and skating skill.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 24, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

kittypawz, if someone could do hackeysack it, they'd get my vote. I can't even do it on solid ground, let alone skates.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 24, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

The point of the event was to display creativity and finesse. They were specifically allowed to use props, rules didn't count (which is why St. Louis carried the puck in his glove up to the goal).

If it were set up to use the rule book then AO shouldn't have won. But that's not what it was about.

Posted by: Greg S. | January 24, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

I can do it on solid ground, jmu_capsgirl. Here's a fancy trick - pick it up on the stick, kick it to the side of the skate hackeysack style, then back to the stick and shoot. Yes, this is a crazy difficult shot, but I'd try it because.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 24, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Over on Tsn there's a article about the breakaway challenge. It says that St Louis had the best move because he somehow kept the puck on his stick after waving it back and forth, I guess the goalie wasn't the only one he fooled, hahaha

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 24, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I really think Getzlaf had the best shot and deserved to win it, but Ovechkin was very creative and gave me a laugh.

It was all about having fun, and all the players seemed to enjoy themselves tonight which is nice to see that they can sit back and relax.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | January 24, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

God, that was dull, and stupid. If the (non)noise from the fans was any indication, they agreed with me...

Posted by: isaacc7 | January 24, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

heh Ovie still having fun... "What a fun night. Thanks for votes. Dinner with Kovalchuk, Malkin and friends now - more tomorrow"

check his twitter:
http://twitter.com/ovi8

Posted by: rh71 | January 25, 2009 12:30 AM | Report abuse

tess or someone who saw/heard the Bears game:
What was Aucoin's unsportsmanlike for? Seems a little out of character for him.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 25, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=406155
Thats an article from NHL.com, which talks about players' reactions to the breakaway challenge...

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | January 25, 2009 1:19 AM | Report abuse

@The_Stanley_Caps: Thanks for that, interesting read. There was another sidebar that people might find interesting:

On sait maintenant que trois hockeyeurs montréalais se trouveront sur la glace lors du match des étoiles, le 25 janvier prochain : Vincent Lecavalier, Jean-Sébastien Giguère et Roberto Luongo. Il faudra aussi remarquer la présence de deux officiels, tous deux également de la Métropole. En effet, l'arbitre Marc Joannette et le juge de ligne Pierre Racicot ont été sélectionnés pour arbitrer le 57e Match des étoiles.

Translation to English:
"We now know that three Montreal-born hockey players will find themselves on the ice for the All-Star game next January 25th - Vincent LeCavalier, Jean-Sebastian Giguere, and Roberto Luongo. We should also note that two of the officials also hail from the Metropolis. Referee Marc Joannette and linesman Pierre Racicot have been selected to referee the 57th All_Star Game."

Posted by: kittypawz | January 25, 2009 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Man, I about busted a GUT watching Ovi's performance tonight. That was some FUNNY stuff. And apparently 42% of the rest of the world watching agreed with me. That man is pure entertainment value.

Were there some other "technically better" shots? Sure. But nobody said this was a technical contest, and I went for the fun, hands-down.

And with a 1 vote per phone voting scheme, nobody can say we stuffed the ballot box for Ovi, either. And that says something right there.

Posted by: irockthered | January 25, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Right on irockthered! I thought that it was going to be an American Idol voting situation and Ovi would get shafted again by les habs. I am glad the NHL got at least this one right.

Harlem Globetrotters meets the NHL!
How great for the sport to have such silly fun at it's own expense at the mid-winter showcase with our Ovi leading the way. What a Blast!

Posted by: Landshark | January 25, 2009 7:18 AM | Report abuse

I think it's kinda funny how Ovie and Evgeni are like friends now, I guess Evgeni doesn't want Ovie to hit him so hard.

Posted by: rachel216 | January 25, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Kovalchuk was by far my favorite "young" player when he was first drafted. (until ovie of course.)

i love the guy. i feel bad he is on a stump of a team.

also malkin is awesome, pens jersey or not.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 25, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

and i voted for st louis.

martin is awesome too.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 25, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Where was winey-cry=baby CINDY last nite?
If Cindy is the face of the NHL.Then OVE is the face of "The Best Hockey-Player in The World" Does any star Offensive player HIT like OVE? Cindy 's afraid he will get hit-gets upset when somebody does hit him. Also does he have a slap-shot or any other kind of shot as good as OVE's?---I THINK NOT. OVE has my vote for "BEST HOCKEY-PLAYER OF THE WORLD" GO CAPS

Posted by: duckyjimpond | January 25, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

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