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Posted at 3:39 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Ovechkin takes clean-shaven look on the town

By Dan Steinberg

(Photos by Dave Phillipich - Courtesy One Lounge.)

If you're wondering what a newly clean-shaven Alex Ovechkin looks like while surrounded by two Russian women at a D.C. lounge, I'm here to help.

Here's Ovechkin at One Lounge Tuesday night, when the D.C. nightspot was celebrating its one-year anniversary. Several Caps players are friends with the lounge's owners and are regulars there, leading them to stop by the anniversary party. Below, see both Ovechkin and Semyon Varlamov with one of the partners, Fillip Zeldin, plus Alexander Semin wearing purple.

And for the record, NBC is going to need to update its library of clean-shaven Ovechkin photos before the Winter Classic. This massive image is now the window display at the NBC Experience Store, according to NBC Sports PR, which says 750,000 people will visit Rockefeller Center during the holidays. That's a lot of people who will falsely think Ovechkin is not well-groomed.

By Dan Steinberg  | December 9, 2010; 3:39 PM ET
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Does this "grooming" kick mean he's going to get the tooth gap fixed next?

Posted by: CJMARTIN04 | December 9, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Mmmm, how cute is Varly? Questionable fashion choices (Im talking to you, Bubble Coat), but other than that I approve!

Posted by: KyminDC | December 9, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Damn it must be good to be a rich Pro Athlete!!!

Posted by: wstclair | December 9, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

You shoulda thought before putting on that shirt, Sasha, but now it's too late. No point in trying to hide your face behind your hand.

Posted by: justemmaroo | December 9, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Great. Ovi hanging out with Russian mobsters in some club while Crosby is absolutely tearing up the league. Makes me glad to be a Caps fan ... wait, what?

Posted by: philarmy | December 9, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

How much does Ovechkin want to win a Cup? Enough to perhaps do the town a little less and work on his game a little more?

Posted by: poguesmahone | December 9, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse


I'm sympathetic to your feelings (Ovie's year has been pretty inconsistent), but is he really supposed to spend every night without a game shooting pucks into his dryer or something? I went to Chanukah parties on Monday and Tuesday night--that doesn't mean I don't want to do a good job at my job, too.

Posted by: TheFingerman | December 9, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Not pictured: herpes, regret

Posted by: bryc3 | December 9, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

One guy parties with Russian mobsters and wenches...

The other tears up the league...


One guy parties on a boat in Turkey and makes a DVD callings himself "GR8"...

The other insanely works on his shooting skills to become a complete hockey player...

WOW!!! -- This is not even close. Crosby is in Gretzkysphere and Ovechkin just lost to the Panthers 3-0.

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | December 10, 2010 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Make sure you get your partying in Ovy, who cares about that little old thing called hockey.

Posted by: themightyzep2000 | December 10, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse

yup...I bet Crosby NEVER goes out and has some fun. He just spneds every free moment shooting a puck into a dryer and eats nothing but Tofu and seaweed.

Posted by: capscoach | December 10, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

I understand the concerns many fans have with Ovie going out all the time, etc., however, in none of these pictures is any alcohol present. Just because you're "out of your house" doesn't mean you're pounding shots and getting laid. I mean, Ovie's probably still getting laid, but he doesn't need alcohol like the rest of us.

These are Russian kids in a foreign country. If the role was reversed and there was an American bar in Moscow, I'm sure all of us would spend more time there, as opposed to watching Russian TV at home.

Posted by: Section104 | December 10, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure this wasn't some random mid-week night out for them -- the club was doing a promotional thing. Clubs want their local star athletes to attend these events for the photo ops that will lure other people in the door to spend their money.

@KyminDC - LOL I know what you mean ;)

Posted by: AmyS1 | December 10, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

c'mon y'all- do your research, even sid steps out here & there:

you're dreaming if you got that dude in a hockey dojo 24/7...

Posted by: audiohysteria | December 10, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

The Caps players were there for less than an hour. They smiled for pictures with fans, had one beer each and then left. You don't need to worry about your superstar clubbin' it up all night...

Posted by: DPinDC | December 10, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

crosby's such a f@g. take the ear guards off your helmet, sissy!

Posted by: hockeypunk | December 10, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

nice to see varly cut his hair

Posted by: frigate32 | December 10, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Years ago, Phil Esposito pulled aside his brother, goaltender Tony Esposito and uttered these words of wisdom, "You can't beat the streets kid. Trust me."

Perhaps someone needs to pull these kids aside and offer them similar advice? Coach Boudreau? Anyone?

Posted by: Terptwin | December 10, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse


You wrote: c'mon y'all- do your research, even sid steps out here & there:

you're dreaming if you got that dude in a hockey dojo 24/7...

Check the date: September 14, 2010. The Penguins didn't even start training camp till the 17th. The man is all about hockey during the season and playoffs -- smart enough to know he will have the rest of his life to live it up -- but just a short window to cement his place in history. Exactly why we will likely never see the Cup in the hands of the Caps.

Posted by: dan_comet | December 13, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

(heavy sigh) It's sports entertainment, people. Step away from your crystal radio tuned to sports-talk in the basement, walk outside, take a deep breath and get a life.

Posted by: My_View | December 14, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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