Alex Ovechkin went to Tampa this weekend to do one thing: put on a show for the fans. Being selected by the fans worldwide to captain the Metropolitan Division team, Ovi was determined to make an impact for the division, the Washington Capitals and the DMV. Here are a few things he did during the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend:
- Winner of the PPG Hardest Shot Challenge. Shooting second in the order, Ovechkin opened up with a 98.8 mph slap shot. Later, P.K. Subban almost matched Ovi with a just-short 98.7 mph clapper. Already named victor of the challenge after everyone else shot and did not top Ovi’s speed, he decided that not hitting triple digits wasn’t enough. On his second attempt, he clocked in on a 101.3 mph bomb to become the 3rd forward in NHL All-Star history to win the challenge. Surprisingly, the forward to win it before Ovi was Caps alumni Sergei Fedorov in 2002. (Photo: NHL Network)
- Barry Trotz doesn’t know what Instagram is. This was quite a funny bit caught on Ovechkin’s live feed on his Instagram. He was doing a live feed behind the bench before taking the ice before warm ups where he passed coach Trotz on the way to the locker room. He told him, “Hey, I am live”, letting him know that he was recording him. Trotz ignored him and walked away with a slightly puzzled look on his face. Ovechkin then said on the feed as he giggled under his breath, “I don’t think he knows what Instagram is.”
- Assisted the first goal for Team Metro to… Sidney Crosby. Yes, Ovi delivered a dish pass to set up Crosby to open up the scoring of the Metro-Atlantic game. Caps fans don’t generally have the best relationship with Pens fans, but in this case there was an exception made. Rival fan-bases come together to root for their division team just once a season, and that’s pretty cool if you ask me. (Photo: USAT Sports Images)
- Ovi and his back-checking lately. His defensive play has been a highlight for most Caps fans as of late and he displayed it for the world in the Metro-Atlantic game. He denied a breakaway from an Atlantic player preventing a sure goal. They still lost at the end of the game, but it was a very skillful move in an All-Star game as a forward. (Photo: Jason Behnken – The Washington Post)
Overall, this was a great weekend for Alex and his partner in crime Braden Holtby. Both seemed like they had a blast and hey, so did we at home watching. Now the two get to look forward to returning to business back in D.C., where they prepare to re-open the season with a tough round of games facing teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Vegas Golden Knights. As always, follow us on Twitter for game updates and rants @InColdPlacesDC and mine @jurky88. Go Caps!
(Header Photo: USA Today)