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Alex Ovechkin delivers again - but this time it's pizza

Alex Ovechkin delivers again - but this time it's pizza

Their heads bobbed up and down in the window trying to figure out who was the mysterious figure standing in front of the house. 

The Dobbie brothers – Jack, 11, Woody, 8, and Henry, 5 – were just waiting for their Papa John’s pizzas to arrive on Thursday night. They weren’t expecting the delivery man to be Alex Ovechkin. 

With what might be his prettiest assist of the week, Ovechkin dropped off pizzas to the Dobbie boys, who should be the talk of their Arlington County elementary school today, took a quick photo with them and was off to his next stop. 

It was an afternoon of pizza delivery for Ovechkin, who also delivered pies to kids at a Fairfax County pediatric cancer clinic, a youth hockey team at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and to an Arlington County firehouse.

“Now I want to learn about hockey!” Hank, 5, told his mother, Mary Chris, before digging into his pizza. 

Ovechkin has that effect on people. If the Dobbie brothers are growing hockey fans, the firemen at Arlington’s Fire Station 2 are already all-in on the Capitals.  

Unfortunately, as Ovechkin pulled in with pizzas for the group working Thursday evening, lights and sirens flashed and the truck and ambulance left the station. Duty called.  

But Ovechkin left pizzas and took a few pictures with the crew left behind. Earlier in the afternoon for his first stop, he’d delivered to kids at the cancer clinic in conjunction with Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Nurses and hospital staff lined the hallway and applauded as the pizzas made their way in. The children got to hang out with Ovechkin for about a half-hour.  

The scene that greeted him at his final stop was a little more chaotic. MedStar Capitals Iceplex is a busy place almost any night of the week with practices and games on both rinks.  

Add Ovechkin walking into the rink with a few dozen pizzas and the place goes crazy. He brought the food into a locker room off the main rink and kids playing for the 10-and-under MedStar Youth Hockey team, still in uniform, cheered.  

They also peppered him with questions: “Is Sidney Crosby your rival?” one asked. 

Anyone who knows how often Ovechkin has been asked that question by professional journalists over the years had to stifle a laugh. Ovechkin had fun with it this time, though.

“No, he’s my friend!”

The budding hockey star stared wide-eyed and slightly horrified. “He is?”

Ovechkin just laughed, took a few more pictures with the kids and signed some equipment. Parents had their cell phones out to capture the moment. And the famished young hockey players got an early jump on dinner. All in a day’s work even when the Capitals are off.  

“Pizza is just better when Ovi delivers it,” one of them said to no one in particular.

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6 things to know for Caps-Bruins: Clash of the titans

6 things to know for Caps-Bruins: Clash of the titans

The Capitals (22-5-5) return to the ice Wednesday looking to erase Monday's ugly loss. A win against the Boston Bruins (20-5-6) certainly would go a long way towards erasing the memory of that loss. Tune in to NBC Sports Washington for pregame coverage starting with Caps FaceOff Live at 6 p.m. followed by Caps Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. bringing you up to the 7 p.m. puck drop on NBCSN. Tune back to NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Postgame Live, D.C. Sports Live and Caps Overtime Live.

Here's what you need to know for Wednesday's game.

No line changes

Monday was a tough loss, but when you have been playing as well as the Caps are there is no reason to overreact. Based on the morning skate there were no line changes from Monday's game.

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin - Lars Eller - Richard Panik
Brendan Leipsic - Nic Dowd - Garnet Hathaway

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Nick Jensen
Jonas Siegenthaler - Radko Gudas

Braden Holtby starts

A battle of the top teams

This game will feature the top two teams in the league according to the standings. Washington sits atop the NHL with 49 points while the Bruins sit just behind them with 46. Boston has a game in hand so while a loss for the Caps tonight would not technically drop them to second place, it would give Boston the inside track on passing them in the near future.

You are going to hear the phrase "measuring stick" a lot before and after this game.

Forget about Monday

Washington dropped Monday's game 5-2 at home to Columbus. Yikes. That is not the way you want to go into a big matchup, but hey, the Bruins are in the same boat. Boston lost on Monday 5-2 to the Ottawa Senators so both teams are coming into this game off a bad loss.

When last we met

The Caps and Bruins met once this season already back on Nov. 16 in a game that would result in a crazy shootout victory for Washington.  T.J. Oshie scored a last-minute goal to tie the game in regulation and Jakub Vrana would win it in a shootout with this absolute gem:

You can read more on that game here.

Pastrnak may end Ovechkin's Rocket Richard run

Ovechkin has won the last two Rocket Richard Trophies as the league's top goal scorer and six of the last seven. David Pastrnak may finally end that run this season. Pastrnak currently leads the league with 25 goals. He hit 25 goals in his 27th game which made some wonder if he could hit the fabled 50 in 50 mark, but he currently finds himself in a four-game goalless drought, his longest drought of the season.

Ovechkin sits second with 21 so he remains well within striking distance.

The Caps have owned the Bruins lately

Washington lost to Boston on Feb. 3, 2019. That was the first time the Bruins had beaten the Caps since 2014. Washington has completely owned Boston in this matchup with the Caps winning 15 of the last 16 games they have played one another. While Tuukka Rask may be one of the top netminders in the league, Washington sure seems to have his number. He is a woeful 2-11-5 against the Caps with a .889 save percentage and 3.10 GAA.

That probably is why Washington played Jaroslav Halak the last time they met and why Halak will be getting the start again on Wednesday.

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Lars Eller thought Tuukka Rask's post-scrimmage freakout was over the top, but he gets it

Lars Eller thought Tuukka Rask's post-scrimmage freakout was over the top, but he gets it

Losing sucks. Just ask Tuukka Rask.

During a Bruins' intra-squad scrimmage Tuesday at Capitals' MedStar Iceplex, Rask's team lost and he lost his mind.

Smashing his stick over the crossbar six times and throwing the pieces around the ice as the winning team celebrated just feet away, Rask left it all on the ice, literally.

“I don’t know what to comment on that," Lars Eller said laughing on The Sports Junkies Wednesday.

“I’ve seen goalies occasionally smash their stick, break it, usually once, maybe once across the crossbar but not like that many times. But competitive people are competitive, even in practice.”

Here's to hoping Rask has cooled off before the Caps' Wednesday night game against the Bruins!

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