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Alex Ovechkin on the death of Kobe Bryant: 'I still can't believe it'

Alex Ovechkin on the death of Kobe Bryant: 'I still can't believe it'

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was at a loss for words Sunday afternoon when discussing the horrific passing of Lakers' legend Kobe Bryant.

"I was hoping that it was not true," Ovechkin said. "He always treated me well."

Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday morning outside Los Angeles, authorities confirmed on Sunday. He was 41 years old.



Ovi was visibly shaken while talking about his relationship with Bryant, disclosing that he had met him "three or four times", including in March of 2016 while in Los Angeles to play the Kings, when he and tennis star Novak Djokovic took a photo with Bryant.

Ovechkin was just one of many members of the Washington D.C. sports world that was taken aback by the news of Bryant's sudden passing.

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New Caps players Brenden Dillon, Ilya Kovalchuk meet Captain the puppy

New Caps players Brenden Dillon, Ilya Kovalchuk meet Captain the puppy

It's one thing to be welcomed into the locker room by new teammates when traded to another team. 

But the new Caps players have an even more important figure to become friends with: 

Captain. 

Luckily - at least according to Captain's Twitter account - they seem to be getting along just fine. 

Hopefully, they remember the most important rule of the locker room: Treats for their new pal.

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The best advice for a happy marriage, according to Caps' Nic Dowd

The best advice for a happy marriage, according to Caps' Nic Dowd

Nic Dowd has been married to his wife, Paige, for two years and has learned that the most important part of marriage is patience. 

During an episode of Monumental Sports Network's Level With Me series, one of the scripted questions Garnet Hathaway had for Dowd was his advice for a good marriage.

"You've got to be patient with each other and understand that some days you have great days, some days you have bad days," Dowd said. 

Dowd also said mentioned that sometimes you have bad days individually as well. When that happens, Dowd said it's important not to let that affect your spouse.

"You get to a point when you learn how to put your feelings aside for your spouse's feelings," said Dowd, who became a father to Louie Dowd on New Year's Eve.

The two Capitals grinders also discussed social media, Hathaway's college lobster roll stand, superstitions and celebrations, among many other topics. Dowd and Hathaway had natural chemistry during the question-and-answer show, continuing their rapport from the podcast they co-host Between Two Blue Lines

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