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Hair Dye, NBA Jumps, Ovie on the Bench Again

Ovie, watching practice at MSG, again.

Lots more Caps stuff and I have a train to catch, so it's all going here for now.

* Alex Ovechkin didn't skate today, so he sat (with Brooks Laich) on the home bench and watched his teammates practice. That's two days in a row he's been on a bench watching practice, as you might recall.

"Can I have them off the bench, please?" Chris Clark shouted out from the ice toward now-famous Caps PR guru Nate Ewell, who was shown repeatedly on ESPN yesterday tapping Ovie's shoulder and asking him to leave. And thus,

"Ovie!" Ewell called out this morning. "Off the bench!"

(Everyone was joking.)

* The celebration that Ovie and Backstrom do after every win, which some Rangers fans took offense to? Yeah, it came from a trip the two stars took to a Wizards game. Where else?

"Me and Ovie were sitting at a basketball game and we said, 'We have to do this if we win,' " Backstrom told me. "We watched basketball and they do like this, but it looks more fun when they do it."

Backstrom said they usually do their leaping hip crash immediately after the game is over, before the other team has left the ice, so most fans don't notice during road games. (Verizon fans, obviously, wouldn't care.) But yesterday, the entire team mobbed Varlamov for quite a while, and the Rangers left the ice quickly, so everyone was staring at the two of them doing their thing. Hence the boos and the beer bottles. And why do it?

"We've been doing it the whole year, can't stop now," Backstrom said.

Backstrom's (barely visible) red streak.

* Scheduling quirks followed by two losses meant I could never ask players for reaction to the red streaks in the hair of Mike Green, Ovechkin and Backstrom.

It was, as you probably guessed, Ovechkin's idea.

"He kind of just said we should do this, and we agreed, sure," Green said. "It's just hair, it'll grow out."

The reviews?

"I like any hair," Bruce Boudreau said.

"Don't look that good," Backstrom said. "My mom says, 'Oh my gosh, what are you doing?' "

"I like it," Matt Bradley said. "It's a team spirit thing. Does it look good? Absolutely not. But it's good for team spirit. I'd do it. I don't really have that much hair; instead of red, I have a little bit of gray in there. Gray is my red."

Other teammates were less willing to experiment.

"I'm trying to keep my hair right now," John Erskine said. "The teeth are gone, the hair's coming out."

Oh, and why was it these three who were involved?

"I think we were the only ones crazy enough to do it," Green said. "Not even crazy, just dumb enough."

* Finally, if you haven't seen, here's the actual Ovechkin Eastern Motors commercial. Or one of them, anyhow. (Via Capitals Kremlin)

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 21, 2009; 4:33 PM ET
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No love for blogger's wet dream Brett Leonhardt sitting two down from Ovy?

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