Alex Ovechkin RUMORS & NEWS

  • The case for trading Alex Ovechkin

    ESPN "Despite leading the league with 120 points, the Washington Capitals have made another second-round exit, which extends their playoff series record to 5-8 since the 2007-08 season. Having failed to advance past round two since the franchise's one and only appearance in the Stanley Cup finals in..." May 19

  • Ovechkin: Preparing for another long offseason is not fun

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Pro football has Dan Marino and Barry Sanders. Pro basketball has Charles Barkley and Karl Malone. Major league baseball has Ted Williams and Ty Cobb. The NHL has Marcel Dionne and … Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is battling like crazy not to be in the fraternity of Hall of Fame athletes..." May 15

  • Don't blame Alex Ovechkin for another Capitals early exit

    The Comeback "If Washington Capitals fans are feeling a bit of deja vu again after another heartbreaking playoff exit, no one would blame them. This was supposed to be the year that those playoff demons would be exorcised. The Caps had a goaltender who tied the NHL record wins in a regular season, they had..." May 15

  • Why Hockey Needs Alex Ovechkin to Lift the Cup

    Vice Sports "Good news for the NHL's public image: Patrick Kane already is out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Alexander Ovechkin is still here. The less said about Kane—and whatever havoc he may wreak on upstate New York this summer—the better. But Ovechkin? He's worth talking about. In fact, if the..." May 05

  • Alex Ovechkin: Penguins Don't Like to Play Physical

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Maybe the Capitals know something the rest of us don’t. Maybe they believe they have the Pittsburgh Penguins right where they want them as they head into Game 4 of their best-of-seven series trailing two games to one. That’s certainly how it sounded inside the visiting locker room of Consol..." May 03

  • Sidney Crosby admits that he doesn't score the way Alex Ovechkin does

    Puck Drunk Love "The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are going to face off in Round 2 of the NHL playoffs, which will set the stage of reigniting the longtime rivalry between Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. While the rivalry has lost steam in recent years, both Crosby and Ovechkin are still..." April 26

  • Crosby: 'I definitely don't have (Ovechkin's) shot or score like he does'

    The Score "The second-round matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will once again pit two of the game's most polarizing players against one another. Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will once again do battle, but early on Crosby is making it clear that he isn't out to replicate..." April 25

  • Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are finally meeting in the playoffs again

    CBS Sports "Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin have been the two best players in the NHL for the past decade, but their teams have only met in the playoffs one time (2009) during their careers. Until now. Thanks to the Penguins' first round win over the New York Rangers, and the Capitalsknocking out the..." April 25

  • Alex Ovechkin sounds pretty excited to face the Penguins

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sure, there’s probably a Debbie Downer here or there who will complain about Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. (This post is on the Internet, where you can find a person to complain about virtually anything.) Most hockey fans and..." April 24

  • Schenn: Flyers 'have to try and lay a licking on' Ovechkin

    The Score "The Philadelphia Flyers would love to line up Alex Ovechkin with a big hit. Brayden Schenn, especially. The Washington Capitals superstar rocked Schenn into the Flyers' bench Saturday night, and Schenn hasn't forgotten - nor will he. "He took a run at me," Schenn said, according to's..." April 17

  • Tavares, Kane, Ovechkin named NHL’s three stars of the week

    Pro Hockey Talk "Star-studded release from the NHL today as the Isles’ John Tavares, the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin were named the three stars for the week ending Apr. 10. More: Tavares led the NHL with 4-5—9 in four games to power the Islanders (45-27-10, 100 points) to seven..." April 11

  • Alex Ovechkin: Hit On Kevan Miller Was ‘Hockey Play,’ Not Suspension-Worthy

    NESN "Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was assessed a five-minute boarding major for his hit from behind on Kevan Miller during Saturday night’s win over the Bruins. And that’s all the punishment he feels he deserves. “Oh, it’s just a hockey play,” Ovechkin told reporters after the game, which..." March 06

  • Getzlaf, Ovechkin and Forsberg named stars of February "Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the month of February. FIRST STAR - RYAN GETZLAF, C, ANAHEIM DUCKS Getzlaf led all players with 6-14-20 and a +13 rating..." March 01

  • Ovechkin on facing former teammate Laich: 'I’m gonna shoot him in the foot'

    The Score "He might be one of his best friends, but Alex Ovechkin plans to bring the hurt when he faces former teammate Brooks Laich. The Washington Capitals host the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday in the first matchup between the clubs since the two executed the trade that sent Laich, Connor Carrick, and..." March 01

  • Ovechkin reaches 40 goals for eighth time "Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals scored his 40th goal of the season Friday to become the 10th player in NHL history to get 40 or more goals in at least eight seasons. Ovechkin scored a power-play goal 4:35 into the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Verizon Center, tying the..." February 27

  • Ovechkin joins elite company with 11th consecutive 30-goal season

    The Score "Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored another historic goal Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers. Ovechkin made a perfect redirection in front of the net for his 30th marker of the season, joining Wayne Gretzky and Mike Gartner as the only players to score at least 30 goals in each of..." February 07

  • Alex Ovechkin to miss All-Star Game with injury

    Sportsnet "Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin will not participate in the All-Star Game due to a lower-body injury, the team confirmed in a statement Wednesday night. The news was first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. “We made this difficult decision after taking into consideration..." January 28

  • Alex Ovechkin nets his 500th goal as the Capitals rout Ottawa, 7-1

    Washington Post "The Capitals cleared the bench, mobbing Alex Ovechkin for the happiest of hockey hugs. Every player wanted to touch him, his helmet, his shoulder, his jersey, anything. Andre Burakovsky embraced him, held on and kept jumping up and down. Ovechkin often has reacted to his teammates’ goals like..." January 11

  • Alex Ovechkin poised to score landmark 500th goal in front of home crowd

    Washington Post "Nicklas Backstrom actually found himself happy his longtime teammate hadn’t scored another goal. The Washington Capitals needed Alex Ovechkin’s two goals against the New York Rangers, as his second lifted them to a 4-3 overtime win, but Backstrom was pleased that Ovechkin’s next goal would have to..." January 10

  • Ovechkin calls All-Star captaincy 'huge honor' "Alex Ovechkin already this season became the top Russian goal-scorer in NHL history and is about to reach 500 in his career. Saturday, the Washington Capitals forward added a captain's role at this month's 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game. Ovechkin, who has 21 goals and 13 assists in 36 games..." January 02

  • Alex Ovechkin gives Capitals a scare after blocking a shot with his arm

    Washington Post "The sight of Alex Ovechkin clutching his arm in pain while down on the ice was a nerve-wracking one for Washington Capitals fans on Saturday night. Late in the third period, Ovechkin took a Matt Niskanen shot to the right arm. Ovechkin stayed on the Washington bench, and after being looked at..." December 27

  • Bure: Alex Ovechkin 'best pure goal-scorer' in NHL "Retired Russian forward Pavel Bure says Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is the best pure goal-scorer in the NHL and that Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Artemi Panarin reminds Bure of himself at a young age, Bure writes in his debut blog for, the League's Russian language..." December 03

  • Ovechkin becomes top Russian goal-scorer "Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin passed Sergei Fedorov on Thursday for most NHL goals scored by a Russian-born player. Ovechkin scored his 484th goal 7:01 into the third period against the Dallas Stars at Verizon Center. He went four games without a goal since tying Fedorov with No...." November 20

  • Capitals' Alex Ovechkin still in search of historic goal

    USA Today "On Nov. 8, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin scored his 483rd career goal, tying the record for most NHL goals scored by a Russian-born player. For a prolific scorer like Ovechkin, who reached Sergei Fedorov's mark in 476 fewer games than his countryman, netting that go-ahead to attain..." November 19

  • Capitals reunite Ovechkin, Backstrom at practice "Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin might have a familiar center riding shotgun with him when he gets his next chance at scoring his record-breaking goal. Capitals coach Barry Trotz reunited Washington's captain and leading scorer with Nicklas Backstrom for practice Monday, but offered..." November 17

  • Capitals' Ovechkin seeks historic goal vs. Maple Leafs "Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has seven goals through 12 games this season but has yet to score on the power play. Ovechkin, who is one goal from tying Sergei Fedorov for the most by a Russian-born player (483), scored an NHL-leading 25 of his 53 goals last season on the power play..." November 08

  • Alex Ovechkin ties Sergei Fedorov for most goals by Russian-born player

    CBS Sports "Whenever he retires Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is going to be remembered as one of the greatest goal scorers to ever play in the NHL (and he probably already is). He is closing in on 500 career goals, a mark he should reach at some point this season, before he even celebrates his..." November 08

  • Crosby vs. Ovechkin: Five most annoying things about the Rivalry

    Yahoo! Sports "The Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin rivalry is one of my favorite things in the history of hockey. Well, at least in concept. The idea that the NHL had its own Magic vs. Bird – flash vs. fundamentals, charisma vs. workmanlike focus, Moscow vs. Cole Harbour – is something that frankly lifted..." October 28

  • Ovechkin set to pass Fedorov as top Russian in goals "Alex Ovechkin has broken more than a few records during his NHL career, but the next one he reaches will have some added meaning. The Washington Capitals captain is on the verge of becoming the highest goal scorer among Russian-born players, closing in on former NHL player Sergei Fedorov's..." October 28

  • Ovechkin buries own rebound for 900th career point

    The Score "When Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin recorded the 900th point of his NHL career Tuesday night, he didn't even know it. Ovie gathered his own rebound and beat Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo for a go-ahead goal to reach the milestone." October 21

  • Alex Ovechkin benched by Trotz for sleeping in

    Sportsnet "It turns out the personal reason that kept Alex Ovechkin out of Tuesday night’s game was oversleeping. The Washington Capitals captain told reporters Wednesday that was benched by head coach Barry Trotz when he showed up late to Tuesday’s morning skate. Ovechkin said he had accidentally..." October 14

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    CapitalsPR @CapitalsPR

    #Caps Alex Ovechkin (personal reasons) will not play tonight vs San Jose

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    Washington Capitals @washcaps

    #Caps head coach Barry Trotz announces Alex Ovechkin will be a game time decision. Missed morning skate for personal reasons. #CapsSharks

  • Alex Ovechkin opens up about brother’s death, early NHL days

    Yahoo! Sports "The Washington Capitals open their season on Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils. And in case you want to feel ancient today, we regret to inform you that it’s Alex Ovechkin’s 11th (!!!) season in the National Hockey League. Doesn’t it seem like it was yesterday when a Russian..." October 10

  • Alex Ovechkin Engaged to Model Nastya Shubskaya

    The Big Lead "Alex Ovechkin appears to be engaged again. Ovi posted the above picture to Instagram a couple days ago showing his girlfriend, Russian model Nastya Shubskaya, wearing a ring with the caption “she said yes.”" September 15

  • Ovechkin will ‘definitely’ go to South Korea for 2018 Winter Olympics

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Ovechkin is vowing to represent Russia at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, whether the NHL commits to sending players or not. “The same situation was with the [2014] Sochi Games, they said NHL could not be allowed to come,” Ovechkin told reporters Wednesday, per..." August 19

  • Capitals owner wants Stanley Cup for Ovechkin "Last season, the Washington Capitals were one win away from the Eastern Conference Final. The season before that they failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Captain Alex Ovechkin, who led the NHL last season with 53 goals, will turn 30 in September and is entering his 10th season...." July 12

  • Capitals' Ovechkin collects Maurice Richard Trophy "Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin claimed his third consecutive and fifth career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the League's goal-scoring leader, adding to the ones he earned in 2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13 and 2013-14. Ovechkin became the sixth player in NHL history to record six..." June 25

  • Alex Ovechkin only cares about team success

    ESPN "There’s never a dull moment when it comes to Alex Ovechkin, who was sporting a new Washington Capitals jersey, ball cap and matching shoes on Tuesday. Nominated for the Hart Trophy -- he’s already won it three times but is a long shot this year with Montreal netminder Carey Price the odds-on..." June 24

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    Igor Eronko @IgorEronko

    Alex Ovechkin will join team Russia at the #IIHFWorlds tomorrow #Caps

  • Ovechkin to represent Russia at 2015 IIHF World Championship

    Capitals Today "Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will represent Russia at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic. Ovechkin will travel this afternoon and will join the team prior to their semifinal game against the United States on Saturday, May 16 at O2 Arena. Ovechkin, 29, will..." May 14

  • Ovechkin stands by guarantee, doesn’t ‘care what everybody thinks’

    CSN Washington "Alex Ovechkin plays the game of hockey like an untamed bull, so it should come as no surprise that on Tuesday he did not back down from his prediction that the Capitals would come back to win their playoff series against the New York Rangers with a victory in Game 7 Wednesday night in New..." May 13

  • Trotz 'loves' Ovechkin's bold prediction

    CSN Washington "Twenty-one years ago Mark Messier stood in front of cameras and microphones and guaranteed a New York Rangers victory in Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals. The next night he recorded a hat trick to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Meadowlands, tying..." May 12

  • Price, Benn, Ovechkin named Lindsay Award finalists

    Pro Hockey Talk "Dallas captain Jamie Benn, Washington captain Alex Ovechkin and Montreal goalie Carey Price have been named the nominees for this year’s Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the league’s Most Outstanding Player as voted by the players." May 06

  • Rangers’ McDonagh reveals way to stop Ovechkin’s go-to move

    New York Post "Here’s the thing about the Rangers shutting down the Capitals’ potent one-two punch of Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom: They’ve already done this. “Sometimes it comes down to their top guys and us shutting them down,” goalie Henrik Lundqvist said after Wednesday’s practice. “That’s what we..." April 30

  • Ovechkin, Price, Tavares voted Hart Trophy finalists "Forward Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and forward John Tavares of the New York Islanders are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team," the..." April 30

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  • Capitals' Ovechkin becomes 6th player in NHL history to record six 50-goal seasons

    The Score "Alex Ovechkin joined some of the game's greatest goal-scorers with his sixth career 50-goal season after scoring in the first period of Tuesday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Washington Capitals captain now has as many 50-goal campaigns as Marcel Dionne, Guy Lafleur and Mario..." April 01

  • Alex Ovechkin game time decision on Thursday with lower body injury

    CBS Sports "Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin will be a game time decision on Thursday night for their game against the Minnesota Wild as he deals with a lower body injury according to the team. He did not participate in the team's morning skate. Ovechkin is currently tied with teammate Nicklas..." March 05

  • Ovechkin under fire from beer-tossing Pens fan

    CSN Washington "Less than 10 hours after defending himself against diving accusations, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was back in the court of public opinion after his unpenalized slash to the back of Kris Letang’s right ankle drew the ire of Penguins fans, one of whom apparently dumped a beer on Ovechkin’s head..." February 18