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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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How to watch Capitals vs. Islanders Game 2

How to watch Capitals vs. Islanders Game 2

After getting out to an early lead in Game 1, a few critical mistakes led to the Capitals falling to the New York Islanders 4-2 to begin their Stanley Cup run.

Now, in Game 2, Washington will look to get back on track and even the series. A physical Game 1 means more fireworks are probably in store for Friday.

You're not going to want to miss this one. Here's how to watch. 

CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS HOW TO WATCH 

What: No. 3 Washington Capitals vs. No. 6 New York Islanders
Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada 
When: 8:00 PM ET 
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Islanders will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.
Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Islanders on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams App.

CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS TV SCHEDULE

7:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)

8:00 PM: Capitals vs. Islanders (LIVE)

10:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)

RELATED: GAME 2 PREVIEW

CAPITALS VS. ISLANDERS SCHEDULE (ISLANDERS LEAD 1-0)

Game 1: Wednesday, August 12, 4:04 p.m. (Islanders Win 4-2)

Game 2: Thursday, August 14, 8:00 p.m.

Game 3: Sunday, August 16, 12:00 p.m.

Game 4: Tuesday, August 18, 8:00 p.m.

Game 5: (If necessary) Thursday, August 20, TBD

Game 6: (If necessary) Saturday, August 22, TBD

Game 7: (If necessary) Sunday, August 23, TBD

CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS WHAT TO WATCH 

Braden Holtby took the blame for the Game 1 loss, and Washington will need him to rebound on Friday. Goaltending may be the most crucial aspect of playoff hockey and Washington is hoping they can rely on Holtby for one last deep run.

Anders Lee's hit on Nicklas Backstrom was the talk of Game 1. It was a reason Backstrom had to exit and will not play in Game 2 as he enters the concussion protocol. Both teams were very physical for the rest of the matchup and that should continue on Friday with tensions rising. 

CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS PLAYERS TO WATCH 

T.J. Oshie (26 goals, 23 assists, 49 points): Oshie was the Capitals' only source of offense on Wednesday. With two goals early on he set the tone and showed that he has a knack for showing up in the big moments. Though the Caps will need others to help, it's always good to have Oshie putting the puck in the net. 

Mathew Barzal (19 goals, 41 assists, 60 points): Barzal didn't net a goal in Game 1, but he didn't need to. His presence was still felt on offense, however, as he recorded two assists on the afternoon. If he can continue to distribute, and score every once in a while, the Capitals could be in trouble.

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Barry Trotz brushes off Todd Reirden's 'predatory' comment on the hit to Nicklas Backstrom

Barry Trotz brushes off Todd Reirden's 'predatory' comment on the hit to Nicklas Backstrom

Nicklas Backstrom was injured on a late hit delivered by New York Islanders captain Anders Lee in Game 1 on Wednesday and the Capitals made it known after the game that they did not like the hit at all.  Head coach Todd Reirden provided some of the strongest comments as he called the hit "predatory."

"It was a late hit on an unexpected player that was in a spot [where] he was extremely vulnerable," Reirden said. "So those are some things we saw there. It’s as simple as that. Like I said, late hit, the player wasn’t expecting it and it’s predatory.”

Given a chance to respond on Friday, however, Islanders head coach Barry Trotz brushed aside Reirden's comments.

"Not really," Trotz said when asked if he had a response. "[The Department of Player Safety] looks at it, they've got good hockey people. Todd was doing what you expect a coach to do, is defend his player. I don't have anything on that reaction at all."

RELATED: LOSING BACKSTROM 'HUGE TROUBLE' FOR CAPS

Backstrom is in the league's concussion protocol as a result of the hit and will not play in Game 2. That is sure to irk the Caps even further after Lee received no supplemental discipline from the league.

"I definitely think it's fuel for the fire in a way," Tom Wilson said. "Obviously we didn't like the hit. Nicky is our star player. He's a leader for us. You never want to see a guy go down, especially a guy like that. We're going to do our best to play for him, and step in."

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