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Braden Holtby's 'save of the season' leaves Alex Ovechkin speechless

Braden Holtby's 'save of the season' leaves Alex Ovechkin speechless

In order to win Lord Stanley's Cup, the Washington Capitals would have to prove themselves.

Down one game to none in the best-of-seven series with the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final, the Capitals held a 3-2 lead entering the final period.

Holding a lead for all 20 minutes in the third period of a Stanley Cup Final is a good way to prove whether or not the Capitals are Stanley Cup worthy.

In order to do so, the Capitals would need Braden Holtby to stand on his head. Holtby did just that. In fact, the former Vezina Trophy winner stood on his stick.

A poorly timed turnover to the side of Holtby's net with just under two minutes remaining gave Vegas' Alex Tuch what appeared to be the game-tying goal.

That's when Holtby decided to make the best save of the 2018 NHL Playoffs.

Alex Ovechkin, like all of us, could not believe it either.

Neither could this fan, watching the game with 14,000 of his closest friends at Capital One Arena.

That is the type of save the Capitals needed to hold on to a third-period lead in a Stanley Cup Final. That's the type of save the Capitals need in order to win a first-ever Stanley Cup.


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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!


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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan


Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

Say it ain't so.

Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.

Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.

Insert dramatic music.

"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.

Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.

Shame, shame.

The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.

"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.

A likely story.

Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.