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Ovechkin and Semin: A Celebratory History

I was tempted to call this "Ovechkin and Semin's secret handshake," stealing the title from a recent message board thread. But one poster made a valid point about the Alexes' increasingly awesome celebration:

"Does it qualify as 'secret' if they do it in front of everyone, and a 'handshake' if they don't actually shake hands?"

Fine, so call it their Public Bump. Or call it the Pattycap. Or call it a Pound of Russian Flesh. Either way, it's straight out of the playbook of giggling baseball outfielders, 19-year old college basketball players and toddlers at story time, who just love any and all routine.

If the first 10 times you read a book, you meowed when you got to the page with the kitty, and the 11th time you forgot, the toddler will be all out of sorts. Similarly, if the first 73 times you unleashed the Pattycap, it was Alexander Semin's right on Alex Ovechkin's left, and then Ovechkin gets sloppy or lazy or forgetful and tries to pound one out with his right, Semin will be there to stop this madness immediately.

"Left, dude, left," you can hear him saying. Except he probably called him "drook," not "dude."

Anyhow, these guys obviously have a history of interpersonal touchy-feely celebrations, as witnessed below. But mere hugs are easily forgotten. Let's hope the Pattycap is preserved, expanded, made more complicated and given a much, much better name.

(Photos by Preston Keres - TWP, and Karl B. DeBlaker - AP)

(Photos by Preston Keres - TWP, and Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

(Photos by Preston Keres - TWP, and Mike Carlson - AP)

And yet another Pattycapping:

(Via Japers, Capitals Kremlin)

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 17, 2008; 10:57 AM ET
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I will trade my front row Redskins/Eagles ticket for a back row Caps ticket.

It's the only team in town.

Posted by: SA-Town | December 17, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

that handshake or whatever it's called is so boring/unoriginal it's almost cute...

thank you caps for providing non-depressing bog material

Posted by: yukiwith2us | December 17, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Here’s a question:

What if we all woke up one morning, and D.C. was suddenly a hockey town? A place where suddenly the most important team on the sports landscape wasn’t owned by a meddlesome midget with a penchant for over the hill, unproductive free agents and poor draft choices, but instead by a goofy Greek guy who really has no business at all wearing a hockey jersey over his delightfully Santa Claus-like belly during thrilling playoff runs, and enjoys making himself available to fans via an aptly-named blog and e-mail.

Oh wait. I think it’s happening.

Posted by: MarylanDChris | December 17, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Great comment, Marylan. One of the best I've seen 'round here in a while.

Posted by: theredskate | December 17, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Imagine that - a post score celebration that doesn't hurt the team by causing a penalty. But then again, it probably didn't make sportscenter either.

Posted by: stormblue | December 17, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha I LOVE OVIE AND SEMIN!!! Ovie was like "what??" my favorite pic is the one on the right in the first row in their old jerseys. Semin is such a cutie! <3

Posted by: rachel216 | December 17, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow, some hockey content. Wonders never cease. Given the lack of coverage in the local media, it's good that the Caps suck. What? They're actually the best team in town? BY FAR? Could have fooled me.

Posted by: poguesmahone | December 18, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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