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Ovi's teammates messed up his planned celebration for No. 500

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Ovi's teammates messed up his planned celebration for No. 500

Everyone at Verizon Center — from his teammates, to his coaches, to his fans, and even the man himself — was ecstatic when Alex Ovechkin netted career goal No. 500 against the Senators on Sunday night. But, as it turns out, all the hoopla got in the way of what Ovechkin really wanted to do after accomplishing the momentous achievement.

"I was surprised when they jumped on the ice," the man of the hour told CSN's Jill Sorenson postgame. "I knew I [was] gonna do some crazy things, but I don't have the time to do that. I just wanted to do my celebration. But as soon as I put my head up, I was like, 'Holy sh*t.'"

Among those soaking up every second of the milestone was Ovechkin's dad. He was seen on the videoboard intensely fist pumping, and was also shown recording what was happening with his phone. No. 8, of course, noticed that.   

"He's crazy like that," Ovechkin said. "I tell him all the time, like, 'Just enjoy the moment.' Why do you have to film it?"

But Ovi's father wasn't the only one of his parents living it up after their son's latest goal: His mother got a surprise visit at her seat from owner Ted Leonsis. Ovechkin, however, was a bit skeptical of how smoothly their conversation could have gone.

"To be honest, I didn't know what they were talking about because my mom can't speak English," he said. "Only, 'Yes, no, good,' that's it. But, yeah, I have a good relationship with Ted, and they've treated me well since day one."

Watch the full interview with Ovechkin in the video player above. It's one for the books.

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Tom Wilson is single-handedly trying to fight every player on the Lightning in Game 7

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Tom Wilson is single-handedly trying to fight every player on the Lightning in Game 7

TOM WILSON IS ALL JACKED UP ON MOUNTAIN DEW. 

17 minutes into Game 7 and Tom Wilson is already out here doing Tom Wilson things. 

First, there were these shenanigans:

Pretty standard stuff. Some anger words, some glove pulling. Nothing special. Then, friends - then it gets real:

Let this marinate a little bit. Wilson got a minor for fighting, served his time, and then IMMEDIATELY came out of the box and did literally the exact same thing. 

He punched a guys helmet off. Those helmets have straps to stay on for this exact reason, and it didn't matter. If this was medieval jousting, Braydon Coburn would be declared the loser on the spot. 

Get you a friend like Tom Wilson. 

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In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

TAMPA—Head Coach Barry Trotz skated the hot lap prior to Wednesday’s Game 7 at Amalie Arena, taking over the superstitious tradition from captain Alex Ovechkin.

Why the change?

The Caps lost Game 5 here on Saturday. And when the Caps lose on the road—the only place where the morning-skate-starting hot lap takes place—a new skater is selected.

The weird tradition began in the first round at Nationwide Arena in Columbus when Jay Beagle grew tired of waiting for the ice to freeze over following a fresh Zamboni cut. Beagle's teammates implored him to wait a little longer for the ice to cure, but he grew impatient and took it upon himself to kick off the skate by racing around the rink, a la the fastest skater competition at the All Star Skills competition.

Ovechkin took it over prior to Game 6 in Pittsburgh because the Caps had lost Game 4 at PPG Paints Arena.

Ovechkin proudly carried on the tradition as Washington won three in a row—Game 6 in Pittsburgh and Games 1 and 2 of this series vs. Tampa Bay.

Following the Caps’ 3-2 defeat in Game 5 here, though, it was expected that a change would be made.

And on Wednesday morning the baton changed hands, with the least obvious of all the Caps busting his 55-year-old hump around the rink much to the delight of his players and assistants.

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