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A month of celebration for Alex Ovechkin

A month of celebration for Alex Ovechkin

It's the eighth month of the year, so what better way to celebrate August than by highlighting the Great Eight himself, Alex Ovechkin?

For the month of August, our Capitals team is releasing a daily 'Alex Ovechkin-themed highlight' tying into the number of the day for the month of August.

August 1: First Overall Pick in 2004 NHL Debut

Alex Ovechkin was drafted first overall in 2004, and he set the Caps franchise on a new course.

August 2: Two goals in NHL debut vs. Columbus

What's better than scoring one goal in your NHL debut? Scoring two! 

August 3: Three-time Hart Trophy Winner

Ovi's been the most valuable player in the NHL three times. Can he make it a fourth this year? 

August 4: Four career 4-goal games

Not many players can notch four goals in a game. The Great Eight has done it four times.

August 5: Kisses on the Cup during his twirl after they won

It took five games to beat the Vegas Golden Knights, but Ovechkin helped lead the Caps to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. 

August 6: Scored OT goal vs Atlanta in six seconds on Dec. 15, 2006

In one of the fastest goals in NHL history, Ovi torched the Atlanta Thrashers for an overtime winner

August 7: Seventh-most game-winning goals in NHL History

Ovechkin has proven how clutch he is over his career and has the seventh most game-winners in NHL history with 107. 

August 8: Rocket Richard Trophies won

Ovi will be looking for a ninth scoring title, but the Great Eight currently holds eight of them

August 9: Needs nine Power-Play Goals to pass Teemu Selanne for 3rd most in NHL history

One of the deadliest power-play scorers ever, Ovechkin is only nine goals away from having the third-most in NHL history

August 10: Matt Bradley fight  

Ovechkin rarely gets into fights, but Steve Downie almost roped him into one had it not been for Matt Bradley

August 11: 11th among active players in assists

Many don't think of Ovechkin as an all-time great passer, but he currently ranks 11th among active players on that list.

August 12: 12-time All-Star

In Ovechkin's fourteen-year career, he's been an All-Star 12 times. He can make it a 13th in the 2019-20 season. 

August 13: No. 13 on the all-time goals list with 658

Alex Ovechkin has scored 658 goals during his fourteen-year career, landing him at No. 13 on the all-time goals list.

August 14: 14th captain in Capitals history

August 15: 15 goals scored in 2018 playoffs to win the Conn Smythe trophy

Alex Ovechkin scored 15 goals during the Capitals' 2018 quest to win the Stanley Cup, securing him the Conn Smythe trophy.

August 16: 16 total games missed since 2010

August 17: Ovechkin vs Dubinsky

It's not often we see Alex Ovechkin drop the mitts, but when he does he makes it count. On December 12, 2010, against the Rangers, Ovi went toe-to-toe with Brandon Dubinsky. The frustrated forward lost the bout, and the Caps lost the game, 7-0.

August 18: Birthday of Alex's son Sergei

On the ice, Alexander is as good as it gets. But off the ice, he's just as amazing with his family.

August 19: Alex Ovechkin drafts No. 19, Nicklas Backstrom

Throwing it back to the Capitals' draft selection of No. 19, Nicklas Backstrom, when Ovi announced the Caps' choice.

August 20: Winter Classic assist to Troy Brouwer

In the dying seconds of Ovi's second Winter Classic appearance, his broken stick and whiffed shot resulted in an assist to Troy Brouwer for the game-winning goal.  

August 21: 21st overall on career points per game list

August 22: 22 career overtime goals

August 23: Ovechkin schools Mara to score 'The Goal'

In 2006, rookie Alex Ovechkin beat #23 Paul Mara to score an unbelievably acrobatic goal en route to a 6-1 win over the Coyotes.

August 24: 24 career hat tricks for the Great Eight

Alex Ovechkin has 24 career hat tricks, the most of any active player in the NHL. Wayne Gretzky leads all-time with 50.

August 25: Career-best 25 power play goals in 2014

After scoring 24 power play goals the season prior, Ovechkin set a personal best with 25 in 2014.

August 26: 2.6 career hits per game

August 27: 27 points scored in 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

August 28: 28 career even-strength goals vs Carolina and Winnipeg

August 29: The Florida Panthers, leap years and the 2004 NHL Draft

Alex Ovechkin on the Florida Panthers? How February 29th and the technicality of a leap year could have led to Alex Ovechkin being drafted a year earlier.

August 30: Coming soon!

August 31: Coming soon!


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Brenden Dillon fights Evgeni Malkin in his first taste of the Capitals/Penguins rivalry

Brenden Dillon fights Evgeni Malkin in his first taste of the Capitals/Penguins rivalry

It might only go down on the stat sheet as a pair of roughing penalties, but that wouldn’t be an accurate enough description of the one-sided affair between Brenden Dillon and Evgeni Malkin on Sunday afternoon. That was a fight and Dillon came out on top. 

Playing in just his third game with Washington since being acquired from the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, defenseman Brenden Dillon took part in the highly contentious Capitals/Penguins rivalry for the first time. A player known for his toughness on the ice and reputation of sticking up for his teammates, Dillon didn’t take long to endear himself to fans by adding fuel to the longstanding bad blood between the two franchises.

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin shoved the Capitals’ Nic Dowd just after the buzzer sounded to mark the end of the first period. Dillon was quick to jump forward in support of his new teammate, pushing Malkin up against the glass and proceeding to get several headshots in before referees were able to peel him away.

The home crowd roared in support of the newly acquired defenseman, who’s already well on his way to becoming a fan favorite.

Dillon clearly already has this “We hate the Penguins” thing down. If today’s action is any indication, his Capitals tenure is going to be a lot of fun for the D.C. faithful.

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Wayne Gretzky congratulates Alex Ovechkin for reaching 700 goals: ‘See you at 800’

Wayne Gretzky congratulates Alex Ovechkin for reaching 700 goals: ‘See you at 800’

When Alex Ovechkin beat Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood to score the 700th goal of his NHL career, he put himself in the rarest of hockey company. It was an achievement only seven men had done before him and all of them are either in the Hall of Fame or on their way to enshrinement in the next few years.

But the man atop that list, the most storied player of them all, remains head and shoulders above the rest of the sport with 894 career goals—93 more than anyone else. Wayne Gretzky is a name respected by hockey fans everywhere as the greatest player of all time. So when he speaks, his voice carries weight.

Ovechkin is the first player who has a chance to catch Gretzky’s record, which has stood for the last 21 years. Given he stays healthy, the 34-year-old should get close if he stays on the torrid pace he’s been able to maintain despite playing in his 15th season.

Gretzky has a more few years of comfortably resting at the top before Ovechkin can start making things interesting. For now, the Hall of Famer is all class when congratulating the Capitals star.

“Congrats on 700 Alex, @ovi8! You’re truly one of the all-time greats,” he wrote on Twitter. “See you at 800.”

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