Capitals

Quick Links

VIDEO: Alex Ovechkin took off his shirt and line danced at his wedding

VIDEO: Alex Ovechkin took off his shirt and line danced at his wedding

Nothing says "Happily Ever After" like taking off your shirt and line dancing with your bros in front of a giant disco ball. Right?

Ovechkin and Nastya Ovechkina celebrated wedded bliss yesterday with a massive celebration outside Moscow. 

The festivities included crystal candelabras, walls of roses and a confetti cannon, among other extravegances most of us can only dream of. 

MORE CAPITALS: Why Johansson netted the Caps such a low return

But amid a sea of pink rose petals, Ovi stayed very, very true to himself. Here's a video of the Capitals captain, shirtless and still missing his front tooth, dancing what looks like the can-can at his wedding. 

Look at the air on those high kicks! He also starts singing (or rapping?) because millionaire superstars can do anything they want anywhere they want. 

The only question is whether this performance will make it into the wedding video. 

Update 5:30 p.m.: It keeps getting better – The Washington Post reports that he's singing the song "Rasputin" by Boney M. Get it, Ovi!

Quick Links

Undermanned Capitals finish road trip in style with 5-4 overtime win in Montreal

Undermanned Capitals finish road trip in style with 5-4 overtime win in Montreal

Alex Ovechkin stared into the rafters at Bell Centre but he was not looking at all the championship banners. 

Ripping a shot from his office in the left faceoff circle with under one second remaining in Monday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, Ovechkin assumed he had just won a wild one for the Capitals. 

Instead, goalie Carey Price’s desperate dive allowed him to get the knob of his stick in the way. Ovechkin looked upward and then all he could do was clap and tap Price as he skated away with a wry smile.

The smile was broader a few minutes later after teammate Lars Eller slipped a shot through Price’s pads at 3:34 of overtime to earn Washington a comeback 5-4 win and end a difficult road trip with a 3-1-0 record with two overtime victories.

Ovechkin scored twice and was robbed of a hat trick multiple times by Price, who allowed four goals but made some astounding saves. The fact that Washington won anyway epitomized a road trip where they played shorthanded from the start. 

Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie haven’t played since getting hurt in the second game of the trip at the Winnipeg Jets. Braden Holtby was a surprise scratch before the first game against the Minnesota Wild last Tuesday. He didn’t make an appearance until the second period against the Canadiens, who chased Pheonix Copley from the net with three goals in the first 95 seconds of the second period. 

Just like that a 2-1 lead was a 4-2 deficit and Holtby, out three games with an upper body injury, was needed. He stopped all 22 shots Montreal sent his way and gave Washington a chance to rally. Nicklas Backstrom, Ovechkin and, finally, Eller scored on Price to win it. 

“Those are huge for the season as it moves on,” Holtby said. “When you are in those situations, you get more and more comfortable. It’s been one of our big strengths the last couple years and to see it happening again, I think that’s a good sign for us.”

It IS a good sign going forward – provided Oshie and Kuznetsov are able to return to the ice soon. With a day off Tuesday and games Wednesday (Chicago Blackhawks), Friday (Detroit Red Wings), and Saturday (at New York Rangers) in a busy Thanksgiving Week there isn’t much practice time.

But for a short time at least missing two of their top five scorers wasn’t a problem. The depth the Capitals showed during last year’s Stanley Cup playoff run is still there. They needed it. And with another four games in six days upcoming, they might need it longer still. 

Copley wasn’t as good as he’d been in starts against the Wild, Jets and Colorado Avalanche. But Eller was able to handle a top-six role, Tom Wilson was again a factor in his fourth game back from a 16-game suspension and Washington got a goal from Connolly, who began the game on the fourth line after a rough night in Denver and by the second period against the Canadiens he was on the second line with Eller and Jakub Vrana.   

So after losing back-to-back games to end a five-game homestand, the Capitals have stabilized even without a full lineup. At 10-7-3 and with 23 standings points, Washington is in third place in the Metropolitan Division through 20 games. 

The Caps have made it through a dangerous first quarter of the season in a reasonable spot. They could be like the Pittsburgh Penguins (7-8-4), who are already making trades and sit in last place after four losses in a row, or the Philadelphia Flyers (9-9-2), who have lost three straight. 

Instead, they knocked off one tough road trip (Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal) in late October and then this one in mid November with a 5-3-0 record. Things could have gone off the rails. That they did not is a victory in itself.     

MORE CAPITALS NEWS:

Quick Links

5 reasons the Caps beat the Canadiens in overtime

5 reasons the Caps beat the Canadiens in overtime

The Caps got locked into another see-saw battle against the Montreal Canadiens, but this time they came away on top in a 5-4 overtime win.

Here are five reasons the Caps won.

A lucky bounce

Brett Connolly was in the right place at the right time.

John Carlson fired a shot that missed the net and bounced off the backboard right to Connolly who scored. The shot went wide to Carey Price’s left and bounced to Connolly who stood on the right and he had no way to get over in time.

Sometimes you see players pass the puck off the boards or off the pads of the goalies, but that was not the case here. It was just a fortuitous bounce for the Caps.

Killing off a double-minor

The second period got off to a disastrous start for Washington as they gave up three goals in the first 1:35 turning a 2-1 Washington lead to a 4-2 deficit. Things went from bad to worse as Lars Eller was given a double-minor for high-sticking five minutes later.

Montreal was given a golden opportunity to bury the Caps, but Washington managed to kill off both penalties of the double-minor. Less than three minutes later, Nicklas Backstrom scored the game-tying goal.

Suddenly a game that looked like it was on the verge of turning into a blowout felt like a game again.

Ovechkin from the office

Alex Ovechkin is lethal on the power play when there are four penalty killers on the ice. When you’re down to only three players? Good luck.

Phillip Danault was booked for slashing Ovechkin near the end of the second period and Jordie Benn as caught tripping Backstrom less than a minute into the third. That gave the Caps a two-man advantage and all the room Ovechkin would need. Carlson fed him for the one-timer in the office and Ovechkin shot it home to tie the game at four.

It was Ovechkin’s second goal of the game and his 20th against Price in 24 career regular season games.

An absurd save by Holtby in overtime

Carey Price stood on his head in the third period to prevent Ovechkin from getting the hat trick, but Holtby pulled off an incredible save of his own in overtime to keep the Caps in it.

Danault fed Brendan Gallagher on a cross-ice pass for what looked like a sure game-winning goal for the Canadiens, but somehow Holtby got over with the pad in time for the brilliant save.

Hotlby came on in relief of Copley and was phenomenal. Copley gave up four goals on 22 shots. Holtby also faced 22 shots, but he blanked the Canadiens.

The tiger strikes

Lars Eller trailed the play as the Caps rushed up the ice in overtime. Jonathan Drouin left Eller way too open with a lazy backcheck.  Jakub Vrana carried the puck into the offensive zone, cut to the middle and came face to face with a wide-open Eller. He delivered the pass and Eller delivered the great shot to beat his former team in overtime.

MORE CAPITALS NEWS: