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Ovechkin shakes it in the club


When I posted some of Alex Ovechkin's preseason comments to Jill Sorenson a few weeks back, I had a feeling that they weren't necessarily issued under oath. Especially this part:

"It's time to play hockey. No more parties, no more stay all night long somewhere. It's working time."

Haha. That's not the player about whom Brooks Laich once said "Sometimes you wonder if he ever sleeps."

And so I got an e-mail from Reader Chris on Monday night, saying how he saw Ovechkin and friends on stage at Fur Nightclub in the early-morning hours of Sunday, after they had returned from a successful trip to Nashville. And then RMNB produced ample visuals of the same, with the added detail that international superstar DJ Tiesto joined Ovechkin on stage. From which we learn:

1) Alex Ovechkin provides a better incentive to raise your arms to the air and shake them as if you really have not a care than CrowdWave. This is like 100 percent participation here.

2) Men who show incredible athletic skill and grace in one venue do not necessarily have the same abilities when dancing on stage. See video below.

3) The "no more parties" edict might have to hold off for a bit.

By Dan Steinberg  | October 20, 2010; 10:12 AM ET
Categories:  Caps  
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Comments

Bring on the comments that Ovi should be home asleap in bed instead of out on the town the night before an off day. Bring on the speculation that he was drunk. Bring on the comparisons to Crosby who was probably home shooting pucks into his dryer trying to get better. Bring on the speculation that this was the reason he was held w/out a point last night, 72 hours later.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 20, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Oh ma GAh! Everything wrong that happens to the Caps is the result of Ovi having a life outside of hockey! OUTRAGE! This is an outrage!

Posted by: MillBurray | October 20, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I know it's unrelated, but seeing this just makes me think how pathetic Crosby is. What was he doing Saturday night? Probably snuggled up on Mario's living room couch watching Marley & Me on demand or some crap.

Posted by: ThisGuy | October 20, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Good work Dan, this may be the best way to stop these guys and get them serious about winning a Stanley Cup.

Posted by: eternale5150 | October 20, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

To all the Ovi haters (if there are any), ask yourself this question....."If I had a zillion dollars and was one of the premier players in the NHL, and SINGLE, what would I be doing on a weekend"?

He is living every red blooded American and Russian's dream (single, male).

Posted by: sd-bones | October 20, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Ovi knows how to work the Jazz Hands!

Posted by: chitownskinsfan | October 20, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Can staying up all night Sunday morning and practice on Monday efect your skating ability and physical play in a Tuesday night game? It could. Especially if staying up is a habit. Its still Ovie's and the teams problem, not ours, but it could give give hockey fans a reason to believe failure in the post season has a practical cause.

Posted by: Beltwayman2 | October 20, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

This isn't the first time he's been spotted out at this club after a win... doing so after an away game makes it just that much more awesome.

Posted by: Aschach | October 20, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

>>>To all the Ovi haters (if there are any), ask yourself this question....."If I had a zillion dollars and was one of the premier players in the NHL, and SINGLE, what would I be doing on a weekend"?

He is living every red blooded American and Russian's dream (single, male).<<<

Absolutely true. But he may well not win a Stanley Cup because of it.

Posted by: poguesmahone | October 20, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

That's insane. What time was the photo? Nashville is central time and the game went to OT.

Did he go straight to the club?

Posted by: CF11555 | October 20, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"I know it's unrelated, but seeing this just makes me think how pathetic Crosby is. What was he doing Saturday night? Probably snuggled up on Mario's living room couch watching Marley & Me on demand or some crap."

Wow. You're really hung up on Crosby, aren't you? You can't stop thinking about him even though this "article" has nothing to do with him.

Looking like a Jersey Shore reject at a cheesy nightclub is a bit more pathetic in my opinion.

But I'd have no problem with a player going out at night as long as he didn't have an early practice the next morning.

Posted by: LonnieBeale1 | October 20, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"Bring on the comments that Ovi should be home asleap..." Bring on the Caps fans who can spell.

Posted by: wburn42167 | October 20, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

ZOMG...did Ovechkin spin Flight 643 or Urban Train, ZOMG!!!!

Posted by: vmrg1974 | October 20, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Normally I would mention Ovee's "thirst" for the nightlife, but posters like sportsfan already beat me to the punch.

Posted by: gerse | October 21, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

he is too immature to captain an nhl club. he can stay out all night and still get by on the ice with his talent...but his lack of discipline is a problem. anyone who follows the caps is well aware of the stories surrounding green, ovie and others during the playoffs...and that it might have contributed to the team's failure. what bothers me is that ovi has acknowledged the problem, "promised" to change, and yet seems to have learned nothing.

Posted by: dingram3 | October 21, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

What should be addressed is Ovechkin's wild driving habits. This will not end well. You heard it here first.

Posted by: MKadyman | October 21, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I think the real issue here is that people are making this an issue.

It's actually quite shocking that fans have such ridiculous expectations of their favorite players. These guys work their butts off to be good at their job, and like most of us, they deserve time off. If Ovi wants to party like a regular 25 year old guy, who cares?!

For generations it's been no secret that even the best athletes have their "vices". Mickey Mantel didn't become an alcoholic after he retired. Favre wasn't playing backyard ball with the neighborhood kids when the Packers won the Superbowl. He was out every night partying with his buy Chmura. The Blackhawks didn't win the Cup because Kane suddenly "cleaned up his act".

Come on guys... it's October. It's a long season so don't be shocked if you see a few Capitals enjoying themselves long after your make-believe "rules for an athlete" curfew suggests. These guys aren't idiots and they want to win. Besides, why stress out about a guy (who owes you nothing) doing what he wants to do? There should be more important things in your lives to be stressing about.

Posted by: MillBurray | October 21, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

anyone notice the song that is being played?

It is a remix Samuel Barber's "adagio for strings." made famous for non-classical music lovers as the music from the movie Platoon. tiesto has a pretty good remix.
the original:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRMz8fKkG2g
the remix:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lOB0my97SA&feature=related

Posted by: SkinsInSichuan | October 21, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

>>>Come on guys... it's October. It's a long season so don't be shocked if you see a few Capitals enjoying themselves long after your make-believe "rules for an athlete" curfew suggests. These guys aren't idiots and they want to win. Besides, why stress out about a guy (who owes you nothing) doing what he wants to do? There should be more important things in your lives to be stressing about.<<<
All depends on how MUCH they want to win. According to Steinberg's buddy Mike Wise, some of these guys were out partying last spring the nights before playoff games. If true, that is more than a little troubling. I'm not much of a Mike Wise fan, but given what we know about Ovechkin's love of night life, can you say it is far fetched? I don't think so.

Posted by: poguesmahone | October 21, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the people talking about they're making this a bigger issue than it really is. If you have such an issue, go complain about it at hatersworld.com.. We don't want to hear your complaining.

Posted by: rigg_ransum | October 24, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

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