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Alex Ovechkin | Winger | #8

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/17/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (1) / WAS
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Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over Detroit.
His goal was scored while the Capitals were on the power play. His tally also snapped his two-game goalless "drought". The Capitals captain finished the night with a minus-1 rating, seven shots on goal and one hit in 19:45 of ice time. Ovechkin is already up to 10 goals and 11 points in eight games. He's one of the Rocket Richard Trophy favorites right now. Oct 21 - 12:26 AM

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Alex Ovechkin fired four shots on goal in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ovechkin and the Capitals failed to solve Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen tonight. The Caps captain picked up nine goals in his first five games, but he's now gone two consecutive games without a goal. He finished tonight's game with a minus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and three hits in 20:44 of ice time. Ovechkin has 10 points in seven games this season.
Oct 17 - 9:50 PM

Alex Ovechkin is only the third player in the last 30 years to score nine goals in his team's first five games of the season.

Patrick Marleau did it with the Sharks in 2012-13 and the great Mario Lemieux did it in 1988-89. That shows you how special Ovie's start really has been.
Oct 14 - 11:40 AM

Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.

There's simply no stopping Ovechkin right now. His power play goal at the 8:01 mark of the second period extended Washington's lead to 2-0 at the time. He also registered the primary assist on Nicklas Backstrom's power play marker in the third frame. The Russian winger is off to the greatest start of his NHL career. He's already up to nine goals and one assist in five games. Eventually, he'll cool off, but a 50-goal season isn't out of the question.
Oct 13 - 10:13 PM

Alex Ovechkin’s third period goal wasn’t enough as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Ovechkin’s goal was his eighth of the year already and his seventh at even strength. It was his first of the season that was not assisted by Evgeny Kuznetsov. He has yet to record an assist on the year. The Capitals’ captain led both teams in shots on goal with seven and played just under 20 minutes, including nearly six on the power play. While he can’t possibly keep up this torrid scoring pace of two a game, he is definitely on track to bounce back from his tough 33 goal season last year.
Oct 11 - 10:22 PM

Alex Ovechkin received the NHL's first star of the week honor.

Ovechkin torched the opposition (Ottawa and Montreal) for seven goals in two games. He scored three times in Washington's opener and potted four markers against the Canadiens. Ovechkin became the fourth player in NHL history, and the first since 1917-18, to record hat tricks in each of his team's first two games of a season. He leads the league in goals and points thanks to an incredible start.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 9 - 5:40 PM

Alex Ovechkin scored four goals in Saturday's 6-1 win over Montreal.

Ovechkin found the back of the net early and often and he currently has seven goals after just two games. He got the Capitals on the board 20 seconds into the match and then he scored again at the 2:51 mark of the first period. Ovechkin completed his second hat trick of the year just before the first intermission and got his fourth late in the second frame. What an incredible start to the season for "The Great Eight."
Oct 7 - 10:38 PM

Alex Ovechkin scored a hat trick in Washington's 5-4 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators.

All three goals came in the third period and he also added a goal during the shootout. Some people felt like Ovechkin's better days were behind him after he scored "only" 33 goals last season. The Caps captain seems to have taken the criticism to heart, as he couldn't have asked for a better start to the regular season. He finished the game with a plus-3 rating, six shots on goal and two hits in 19:11 of ice time. The Russian sniper should continue to produce at a high level. Ovechkin could very well hit the 50-goal mark again this year.
Oct 5 - 10:55 PM

Alex Ovechkin understands that he won't be playing in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

"I said every time I was asked since last Olympics that nobody is going to tell me I can't play because my country was going to be allowed to ask me," Ovechkin said. "Now the IIHF and NHL say my country is not allowed to ask anybody in the NHL to play and there is nothing to talk about anymore. NHL players in the Olympics is good for hockey and good for Olympics. It sucks that will we not be there to play!!" Ovechkin isn't the only player disappointed that he won't be able to represent his country, but at least this statement provides some closure on the situation because for a time it seemed like he might go no matter the consequences.
Source: TSN.ca
Sep 15 - 8:49 AM

Vladislav Tretiak, who is the head of the Russian Hockey Federation, told R-Sport recently that Alex Ovechkin needs to accept he will be unable to participate in the Winter Olympics.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that the league has assurance from the IIHF that NHL players under contract won't be allowed to play. "What is there for Ovechkin to do now? Nothing. Play for Washington," Tretiak told R-Sport and translated by The Post. "He has to accept that." Ovechkin was hoping for a chance that he would be permitted to go represent Russia, but that doesn't look like it will be a possibility.
Sep 13 - 12:57 PM

Alex Ovechkin reportedly looks "slimmer" heading into training camp.

Teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov confirmed that Ovechkin was indeed slimmer. The Capitals winger had "down" year by his standards, as he scored 33 goals and 69 points in 82 games. The 32-year-old clearly wanted to make sure he was in better shape coming into this season. Don't be surprised if his numbers climb higher than they were during the 2016-17 season.
Aug 29 - 2:04 PM

Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL in shots on goal over the last five seasons with 1712.

Ovechkin has scored 32 (lockout) 51, 53, 50 and 33 goals during those five seasons. Tyler Seguin is second in shots on goal over the last five years, and he's hit the net 1314 times, which is almost 400 times less than Ovechkin. Max Pacioretty (1306), Phil Kessel (1249) and Brent Burns (1244) round out the top five.
Aug 20 - 12:07 PM

Alex Ovechkin remains hopeful that he will get the opportunity to represent Russia at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Ovechkin told Russia's Sport-Express that there have been no changes in his status and he hasn't spoken to other NHLers about their intentions for the Olympics. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman does not expect any of the league's players to participate in the tournament. Ovechkin and other NHLers might be barred from going, but there hasn't been any talk about what the repercussions could be.
Aug 7 - 12:45 PM

The Vegas Golden Knights will not be trading for Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, per GM George McPhee.

"That's not going to happen. Too many No. 8 jerseys in Washington," McPhee told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. McPhee could be bluffing, but the Golden Knights also don't really have the assets to acquire a player of Ovechkin's caliber in a trade. McPhee has also said that he plans on going with younger players in his quest to build up his expansion roster. All in all, Ovechkin to Vegas seems like a huge long-shot.
Source: The Score
Jun 3 - 6:58 PM

Washington GM Brian MacLellan said it's not in the organization's best interest to trade Alex Ovechkin at this time.

MacLellan said that no major changes are coming. The Capitals aren't panicking after another early playoff exit, but he said players and coaches will have to be more accountable. "He's frustrated as much as we all are. I think for him moving forward it's, he's getting in the low 30s, I think he's going to have to think of ways he can evolve into a player that still has a major impact on the game," said MacLellan. "The game's getting faster. He's going to have to train in a different way – a more speed way instead of a power way. He's gonna have to make adjustments to stay [relevant] in the game."
May 30 - 3:10 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Brett Connolly
3Tyler Graovac
4Jakub Vrana
5Nathan Walker
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Andre Burakovsky
3Tom Wilson
4Alex Chiasson
5Devante Smith-Pelly
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Dmitry Orlov
4Brooks Orpik
5Taylor Chorney
6Christian Djoos
7Madison Bowey
8Aaron Ness
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer