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Ovechkin leaves for World Championships day after Game 7 loss

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Ovechkin leaves for World Championships day after Game 7 loss

Alex Ovechkin truly is a Russian Machine.

One day after the Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs, the club’s 29-year-old captain decided to board a flight for Prague, Czech Republic, to compete for Russia in the 2015 IIHF World Championships.

Ovechkin plans on arriving in Prague in time to face Team USA in Saturday’s semifinal game at O2 Arena.

Caps fans may recall that Ovechkin injured his knee in last year’s World Championships on May 18, but returned to win a gold medal for his country. Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov also played for Russia in the tournament and fractured his wrist, forcing him to miss the entire 2014-15 NHL season. Orlov is not expected to participate.

At the time of Ovechkin’s injury last year, many wondered if he should put himself at risk by playing for his country. But playing in the World Championships is nothing new for the All-Star left wing.

This will be Ovechkin’s 11th appearance. The Moscow native has registered 57 points (31 goals, 26 assists) in 65 career games at the World Championships and captured a gold medal with Russia in 2008, 2012 and 2014.

Ovechkin was named to the tournament’s Media All-Star Team in 2006 and 2008, won a silver medal in 2010 and a bronze medal in 2005 and 2007. Ovechkin has also represented Russia in three Olympics (2006, 2010, 2014), three World Junior Championships (2003, 2004, 2005), 10 World Championships (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and the World Cup of Hockey (2004).

Ovechkin scored 53 goals this season to capture his third consecutive and fifth career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s leading goal-scorer. Ovechkin was also nominated for the Hart Trophy (awarded to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team) and the Ted Lindsay Award (presented annually to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA).

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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.

💛 @aleksandrovechkinofficial #hello #hellorussia @hello__ru

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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

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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.

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