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Ovechkin and Backstrom play basketball

Weird night, huh? This wasn't the post-game scene I'd have imagined back in the second period. But the Caps rallied, and Nicklas ComeBackstrom got up to his tricky Swedish ways in overtime, and then everyone retreated to the Wizards' practice court -- where the playoff press conferences are held -- and Bruce Boudreau got to talking and kept going, as he's wont to do, and so what choice did Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin have but to grab a basketball and let fly.

They seem to have picked the correct sport. I can't totally tell if they're shooting right-handed or left-handed here.

Caps PR guru Nate Ewell reports that the above shot went in, which means Backstrom could be in line for a 10-day from Ernie Grunfeld any second now.

"Are the Wizards still playing?" Boudreau asked, when he heard the noise.

Though to be honest, nothing good has happened to anyone who's shot baskets on that practice court this year. Maybe they should stay away.

(Photos via @nateewell and @washcaps; video via Gunaxin.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 17, 2010; 11:19 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , Wizards  
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Ahh,the joys of a multi-purpose building. Nice shot.

Posted by: EricS2 | April 17, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Uh, awesome? Yes.

Posted by: blindskateluke | April 17, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

You'd think Ovie could shoot some hoops thanks to mom...

Posted by: Louise9 | April 17, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

I think their hockey shooting percentages are better than their basketball ones.

Posted by: ThisGuy | April 17, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

The Russian lefty shoots and scores! Oops. Wrong sport. Must feel good to let loose after a great win.

Posted by: visionof75 | April 18, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

That is hilarious.

Posted by: NickInTheATX | April 18, 2010 4:35 AM | Report abuse

Сашок, ты мазила)

Posted by: derrickson2 | April 18, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

It just goes to show you, hockey players can't play basketball. Stay with the day job and keep putting the puck in the net.

What a game last night .......

Posted by: noreaster1 | April 18, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Wow, they are better than the Wizards...

Posted by: momo1tx | April 18, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Ha ha haaa- Dan, this is so good!

Posted by: arakakij | April 18, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

This is a great example of why I love this team. They do their job, and then they relax. Alex & Nick are playing (okay not well at all) basketball and waiting for the next thing they need to do.

They aren't going over what to say with publicists. They aren't practicing scripted lines about "hard work." They aren't worried they might say something the coach doesn't want said. They aren't composing a story. They are living a storied life. Isn't that exactly what we fans want from our heroes?

Posted by: Kdarienzo | April 18, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Awesome. Backstrom's J looks a lot like mine!

Posted by: DisgustedinArlington | April 18, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Wow! I love those guys, they are two of the best hockey players on the planet... How are they so bad at basketball??!??

Posted by: mcpick | April 18, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I don't think wrist shots and slap shots are good practice for free throws and jump shots. :)

I think it's nice that they're bonding like that, though it seems awfully rude to do it during Boudreau's Q&A with the press. :)

Posted by: blackjack65 | April 18, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Careful, Ernie Grunfeld might reflexively try to trade them for a bag of magic beans.

Posted by: TheFunBunch | April 18, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Do either of them golf? I am sort of surprised that they look like me on the basketball court - somehow I expected that they would be all-around athletes. On the plus side, it is cool to see them just hanging out waiting for their turn after Gabby and not (as pointed out in another comment) being coached by some PR flack.

Posted by: Ebola_22039 | April 18, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

You would think Ovie would have a better shot consideing his mother was an Olympic Basketball player for mother Russia...he appears to have skipped the B ball lessons.

Posted by: RichC3 | April 18, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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