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Kaprizov does his best Ovechkin impression in Breakaway Challenge

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A positive COVID test for Alex Ovechkin meant he could not participate in the All-Star festivities in Las Vegas. Minnesota Wild forward Kirill Kaprizov, however, made sure he was there in spirit for Friday's Skills Competition.

The Breakaway Challenge is typically the most anticipated event for each skills competition. The first shooter on Friday was Kaprizov, but before he took his shot, he took off his Wild jersey to reveal a red Ovechkin Capitals jersey underneath.

The jersey was not the only part of his tribute, however. Kaprizov sold the Ovechkin imitation the whole way, taking the Gatorade bottle and spraying it on the ice just as Ovechkin does. He scored on the breakaway and followed it up with the "hot stick" celebration.

Kaprizov even used a right-shot stick despite being a left shooter. Check out the full routine: