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Ovechkin on his terrifying bike mishap: 'Thanks God I have a helmet on'

Ovechkin on his terrifying bike mishap: 'Thanks God I have a helmet on'

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin gave all of Capitals nation a scare on Monday when he took an awkward fall on the ice during an informal skate. He returned for the end of the skate, however, and it appeared he had avoided any significant injury. As scary as that seemed, it was actually the second time in two days Ovechkin had taken a bad fall and managed to avoid a significant injury.

When Ovechkin came off the ice on Monday and was asked about his fall, it was impossible not to notice the large gash on his nose, which he explained he got in a bike accident.

That bike accident was evidently more serious than he initially let on.

“If I don't have a helmet, I'm probably not going to be with you guys right now,” Ovechkin said Tuesday. “I'm going to be in a hospital with somebody somewhere else. But it's a good thing I wear a helmet and it saves.”

On Tuesday, Ovechkin did a tour to promote his new cereal Ovi O’s, which will come out on his birthday on Sept. 17. As part of the tour, Ovechkin visited Arlington Traditional School, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and the Wisconsin Ave. Giant. Without all of his hockey gear on, there were several more gashes visible on both his arm and both hands.

Ovechkin described the incident, saying it happened on the street in his neighborhood. He was biking for part of his training and had gone about 30 seconds when the bike fell apart.

“The bike broke, my pedals broke, stuck and I don't have time to figure out what to do,” Ovechkin said. “Thanks God I have a helmet on me.”

Ovechkin said he was not sure exactly how, but that the helmet cut his nose in the fall.

“Bad situation but it was not our mistake,” he said. “Was bad company and we have to sue them.”

It was unclear if Ovechkin was serious about suing, or if he said it tongue-in-cheek. He also did not disclose the type of bike.

As the Capitals prepare to report to training camp on Thursday, there is hope the team can once again compete for a Stanley Cup. Those hopes hang largely on the shoulders of Ovechkin, its superstar captain, who at 33, has done about as well as anyone at staying one step ahead of Father Time. A bad bike accident, however, would have been a tough blow to start the season.

But, as the saying goes, Eastern European device never malfunctions.

...I think that’s how it goes. Yeah, that definitely sounds right.

Let this be a lesson to everyone out there: Wear a helmet! If it can save one of the greatest hockey players in the world, it can save you too.

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T.J. Oshie meets up with Seattle Jr hockey players after game in Arizona

T.J. Oshie meets up with Seattle Jr hockey players after game in Arizona

Despite a 3-1 loss to the Coyotes as the Capitals continue their west coast swing, there was one good thing to come out of Saturday night.

Even after a disappointing game, T.J. Oshie took some time to visit with a young group of hockey players from the Seattle Jr Hockey Association, a minor hockey league located in the Pacific Northwest. The team happened to be in town as they participated in a travel tournament.

While this is already enough to make one smile, there's a deeper connection between Oshie and the SJHA that makes it even better. Oshie, who grew up in Washington, got his start in hockey playing in the same league as the kids he visited with. With them being in Phoenix, Oshie got the surprise opportunity to re-connect with his humble beginnings and make some young hockey players very happy.

The Caps performance on Saturday didn't give many reasons to feel good, but this moment provided by Oshie is something that will cheer anyone up.

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Capitals at Golden Knights: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

Capitals at Golden Knights: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

The Washington Capitals continue their road trip, heading to Vegas looking for recover from an 3-1 attack to Antti Raanta and the Arizona Coyotes Saturday night. 

While the Caps look for a win, Alex Ovechkin looks to make history, joining the 700 goal club. Ovi currently sits just two goals short at 698 goals and has not scored a goal in four straight games now but that can change in no time. 

The Caps will face Marc-Andre Fleury and the Golden Knights on Monday night at 6 p.m. Fleury earned the victory in the net for Vegas after collecting 19 saves in their shut out game over New York Islanders. The Golden Knights have won their last two games by one goal. 

Here is everything you need to know about the Monday night game, which takes place at 6:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington. 

CAPITALS at GOLDEN KNIGHTS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals at Golden Knights, Game 59 of the 2019-20 NHL Regular Season

Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV 

When: Monday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals at Golden Knights game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder Link)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals at Golden Knights on NBC Sports live stream page and on the MyTeams App.

Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM

CAPITALS at GOLDEN KNIGHTS TV SCHEDULE

5:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

5:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

6:00 PM: Capitals at Golden Knights

7:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

9:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live

10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live

CAPITALS at GOLDEN KNIGHTS INJURY REPORT

Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Upper body, day-to-day

Golden Knights: Alex Tuch, RW, Leg, Week-to-week

CAPITALS at GOLDEN KNIGHTS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals (40-17-57): Sitting at 698 goals, Ovi remains on the brink of making history with 700 goals. As soon as Ovechkin reaches that mark he’ll be ranked among the greats including Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Jaromir Jagr.  

Braden Holtby, G, Capitals (21-12-4): Despite the Caps loss on Saturday Braden Holtby was by far the best player on the ice. Holtby stopped 28 of 30 shots during a 3-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Golden Knights (22-14-5): Fleury came in clutch earning a shutout by stopping all 19 shots that he faced in a 1-0 win against the New York Islanders on Saturday. Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his fourth shutout of the season and the 60th of his career.

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