Alex Ovechkin RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

  • 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

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    Shelly Anderson @_ShellyAnderson

    Ovechkin on Getzlaf's claim he dove: "Maybe he's jealous ... I'm not a diver."

  • Alex Ovechkin’s All-Star car to be raffled off to benefit special hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "We now know why Alex Ovechkin wanted a car so badly during All-Star weekend last month. Ovechkin’s new car will now be raffled off by the American Special Hockey Association, which was created in 2000 for players with developmental disabilities. The idea for raffling off the car came after the..." February 10

  • Older Alex Ovechkin makes changes on, off ice

    USA Today "Alex Ovechkin's boyhood memories of hockey on frozen Russian lakes and ponds are like a snow globe, lightly shaken. "Of course, every hockey player plays outdoors when they are young," he tells USA TODAY Sports. "Happy times with your friends." Ovechkin looks to Thursday's Winter Classic..." January 01

  • Balanced scoring without Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom ‘a great sign’ for Caps

    Washington Post "For the second time this season, defenseman Karl Alzner scored a goal, a feat unto itself since the calendar had not yet turned before Alzner matched his career high. The tying score came Thursday night, when Alzner gathered a loose puck near the offensive blue line, tiptoed around a flailing..." December 20

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    Adam Vingan @AdamVingan

    Trotz is unsure, however, if Ovechkin will play. Brooks Laich and Mike Green are both out. #Caps

  • Alex Ovechkin becomes Capitals all-time points leader

    USA Today "He’s been one of the NHL’s most dominant offensive forces in the last decade, and now Alexander Ovechkin has a major franchise record to prove it. The 2004 first-round draft choice of the Washington Capitals became the team’s all-time points leader Tuesday night, when he tallied an assist on..." November 05

  • Ovechkin's pointless streak hits five games

    CSN Washington "Alex Ovechkin has been through a pair of nine-game goal-less streaks during his NHL career, but until Wednesday night he had never gone five straight regular season games without a point. He has now. Ovechkin managed to get seven of his 13 shot attempts on goal, but Detroit Red Wings..." October 31

  • Alex Ovechkin back at left wing as Capitals open camp under new coach Barry Trotz

    The Hockey News "Barry Trotz says "there's no coach on the planet" who can teach what Alex Ovechkin does when playing left wing. The new Washington Capitals coach on Friday explained his rationale for moving the three-time league MVP back to the left side. Ovechkin led the NHL with 51 goals playing mostly on..." September 20

  • Alex Ovechkin Capitals’ offseason changes a ‘wake-up call’

    Washington Post "Alex Ovechkin returned to town on Wednesday, and by Thursday the autograph-seekers arrived at Kettler Iceplex. Herds of special-needs children, hosted by the Capitals captain, participated in an early afternoon skate. They posed for a massive group picture and chanted “Ovi, Ovi,” and when Ovechkin..." September 13

  • Will Alex Ovechkin face Putin backlash in America?

    Yahoo! Sports "In New York’s East Village, steps away from a 24-hour Ukrainian diner that serves up pierogi as addictive as crack rock, is something a little less comforting: a memorial, adorned with the blue and gold flag of my ancestors, created in February to mourn those who died in the nation’s internal..." September 02

  • Alex Ovechkin on plus/minus being overrated, asking Putin for cars and Barry Trotz

    Yahoo! Sports "Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals spoke with Pavel Lysenkov of SovSport recently for another wide-ranging interview, one that covered everything from his injury at the world championships to asking Vladimir Putin for cars as gifts for his teammates to dealing with another new coach in..." August 08

  • Maria Kirilenko says she ended her engagement to Alex Ovechkin

    Washington Post "One of D.C.’s great power couples is no more. The press service of the Russian Tennis Federation announced Sunday that Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and Russian tennis pro Maria Kirilenko have broken off their engagement. R-Sport reported the sad news with a quote from Kirilenko. “I have decided..." July 21

  • On the "Blessing in Disguise" of an Ovechkin Defection to Russia

    Japers' Rink "Last summer Ilya Kovalchuk dropped a bomb on the NHL community (this time off the ice) when he retired from the NHL, giving up a lucrative contract in the process, and returned to Russia to play in the KHL (for another lucrative contract). His decision - which the structure of his contract..." May 30

  • Alex Ovechkin does throat slash, parties with Vladimir Putin after worlds win

    Yahoo! Sports "Seeing how Alex Ovechkin reacts to winning anything – even the IIHF world championships – makes us a little sad that we haven’t seen the Washington Capitals star hoist the Stanley Cup or capture Olympic gold. Because, in the words of hockey’s most celebrated poet: “Is party now..." May 27

  • Ovechkin, Malkin score as Russia finishes dominant worlds with gold

    CBS Sports "Russia might have had a disappointing showing at the Olympics in Sochi this year but they made up for it in a small way with a dominant showing at the IIHF World Championships. The Russians, with loads of NHL talent including Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Bobrovsky, completed a..." May 25