A warm-up before the game in Kazan.
Today in Moscow Dynamo beat Ufa Salavat Ulaev 4:3 (SO), but Ovi didn't get a single point and couldn't score in shootout.
After the game
Photos by Dmitry Lukashov @Lukashov82
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Ovechkin gets cross-check in the head by Denis Kylyash.
Moscow Dynamo forward Alexander Ovechkin (center), and Ak Bars players Janne Pesonen (left) and Denis Kulyash (right). Location: Kazan, Russia. Date of the event 09/26/2012 9:15PM. Photographer: Bogodvid. Source: RIA Novosti
With no enforcers around Ovi has to take care of himself. As we mentioned before "all you need is a low check on Ovechkin" and the player who did that gets immediate recognition. That's why Alex should protect himself by dropping the gloves next time and besides Ovi knows this is not the NHL and Russian players are not very skilled in fighting.
Send them a message, Ovi!
Sergei Fedorov got in a fight upon returning to KHL (2 years ago).
Ovechkin gets assist, scores in shootout vs. Ak bars.
Is Ovechkin in more danger of getting injured in the KHL?
at 2:54 PM
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Ovechkin gets a secondary assist, scores in shootout. Dynamo beats Ak Bars 3:2.
09/26/2012 Ak Bars Kazan - Dynamo Moscow 2:3 (SO)
1:0 - Korneev (Nikulin, Abdullin) - 02:45.Ovechkin gets secondary assist (starts at 3:33)
2:0 - Zaripov (Khomitsky) - 09:05.
2:1 - Soloviev (Tsvetkov, Yalasvaara) - 11:15 (PP).
2:2 - Volkov (Gorovikov, Ovechkin) - 34:51 (PP).
2:3 - Tsvetkov - 65:00 (SO).
Goalkeepers: Barulin - Eremenko.
At 5:52: Ovi goes through 3 players like knife through the butter, but wasn't able to score.
at 4:46 PM
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Dynamo lost on home ice 1-3 to St. Petersburg SKA. Ovechkin scored his first goal and played in two lines. His total ice time was 23 min 56 sec and he had 11 shots on goal. He scored the first goal for Dynamo on 15th minute of the first period and made the score 1-1.
Ovi vs. Kovi
Post game interview
We fought to the end. We didn't use the chances, we have to blame ourselves for losing the game They had more luck. The puck was bouncing a lot. I played in two lines, Coach trusted me. I felt good, tired a bit. Sometimes it was hard, but you had to get on the ice and I was giving everything.
On playing in Moscow: Moscow is Moscow, this is my home. I get home food. My parents, relatives, friends are watching it, so it's great. We had more scoring chances, but they scored more. I haven't been in Moscow at this time of the year, so I have to get used to the weather.@JapersRink: Sick move by Ovi at ~1:58.
at 9:15 PM
Saturday, September 22, 2012
I think so. This is what today's article in Sport-Express by Andrei Kuznetsov says:
25-year-old defenseman Andrei Zubarev from Ufa was known to his fans only before the game vs. Magnitogorsk. Now the entire hockey world knows him. His body check against Malkin (in the brand style of Darius Kasparaitis!) has already became the hit on the internet.That's right, all you need is a low check on Ovi and you will get total recognition in North America and maybe a contract in post lockout time. And you don't have to be 6'3" 240 lbs, even a small guy can do it.
Russian mentality is totally different than the Western one, it's about "expropriating the rich" and making everyone equal. That led to the Russian revolution in 1917 after which some became more equal than others.
Andrei Kuznetsov continues:
Hockey world in any league is self-contained and extremely jealous. More than seven hundred players of the KHL league are well aware about ten-digit amounts in the contracts of the top stars. Moreover 90 percent of those more than seven hundred players know that they are not destined to be in the center of attention, it will be Ovechkin and co.Alright, Ovi, you will be hunted there by your own countrymen. Be careful, save some for C-A-P-S.
Such inequalities make many openly angry. To hear this, talk without the recorder with any player from the Russian national team. And you will be assured that they are puzzled by the fact that it was a team work to win the World Championship gold in Quebec, Bern or Stockholm/Helsinki, but everyone only remembers the legendary Kovalchuk's two goal play or superplay by Malkin.
First KHL game vs. Minsk Dynamo.
Ovi's gold shoelaces are back (he had white ones at the first morning skate). And he still has red'n'white Capitals gloves.
Thanks to Andrey Degtyarenko for the link: http://www.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/egorytch_foto/367574.html
at 12:32 PM
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Published on Sep 20, 2012 by KHLofficialvideo
Александр Овечкин в дебютном матче в КХЛ проводит отличный силовой прием против Либора Пивко.
Alexander Ovechkin in his debut game in the KHL executes great hit against Libor Pivko
Alexander Ovechkin gave an interview after the first period of the game Moscow Dynamo vs Minsk Dynamo to TV channel "Russia-2".
What are your first emotions, feelings? I think the fans still don't fully believe that you are in Dynamo.
They'll have to believe it, I'm here. I am very happy to return to my home club, native land. A lot of fans are familiar. We play in Moscow; at home, parents are watching.
Are you happy with the audience that gathered at your first game after your return?
Of course. it's nice to see the fans. I think the stands are filled to 70 percent, maybe a little less, but it's still nice.
Moscow Dynamo beat Minsk 7:2 and Ovechkin had 1 assist.
Photo by @rsportru
at 2:31 PM
Photo by @pLysenkov
Ovechkin, a proud member of Nike family!
I wonder how IMG is going to handle this? :-)
Got a message from vice President of IMG:
at 12:09 PM
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Alexander Ovechkin confessed that he did not enjoy reading that he was not needed to Moscow Dynamo, but said he was not offended and glad to play hockey for the home club. Here what the said to the Information Agency "R-sport":
"It's not that I was hurt, but it was unpleasant to hear. Every situation is changing for the better or worse, someone could say something, someone would not translate well, so I never take offense at such things. I'm not one of the people who might be offended. I will not hide, I did not like it when I read that the team didn't need me. But now it is in the past, I am in Dynamo."
Ovechkin admitted that he has not yet decided what to do in the case of NHL lockout cancellation.
"It all depends on what the conditions will be in the NHL. If they cut the contract, I got to think should I return or not.Also, Ovechkin said that "it is possible" that he will play in the KHL after this season.
"We'll see, everything will be seen later."
Wow, did he wake up on a wrong side of the bed? Did Maria told him to sleep on a couch? Alright, man, just watch crude oil prices though. If they will go down, so will the KHL. Good luck.
at 5:12 PM
What's going on, switched to number 32, switched from yellow to white shoelaces? Come on, Ovi.
What Ovi said? He said that it's a pleasure to return to his alumni club. A lot of new guys, but he knows some of them from national and junior national teams. He stressed that Moscow Dynamo is last year playoffs winner and he doesn't want to spoil the chemistry, will do what the coach will tell him, etc.
Alex Ovechkin @ovi8
zavtra 1 igra za dynamo!!!)))))a seichas posmotrim za nashim klubom protiv barsi!!ydachi rebiatam!!!!He wrote the tweet before the UEFA Champions League soccer game between Moscow Spartak and Barcelona (barsi).
tomorrow 1 game for dynamo!!!)))))and now rooting for our team vs barsi!!good luck to boys!!!!
at 3:24 PM
I went through serious negotiations with Moscow CSKA, but then Dynamo got involved in the negotiating process. We spoke with the president of the "white'n'blue" Arkady Rotenberg, and I decided to play for my alumni club. I will be wearing number 32, same number I played in Dynamo before leaving to the NHL.
The Dynamo's team doctor Valery Konov told Sovietsky Sport about the results of medical examination:
We didn't find anything that would prevent Ovechkin to play hockey except that his front tooth is missing. But he can play without it. Alexander's functional state is above average. From a medical point of view he is ready to debut. It is evident that he was preparing himself for the season very seriously.
at 12:12 PM
Pavel Lysenkov @plysenkov
"New look of Alex Ovechkin."
SportExpress, Sept 19, 2012, 4:04PM Moscow time
A few minutes ago forward Alexander Ovechkin signed the contract with Moscow Dynamo, said the player's agent Gleb Chistyakov to SE correspondent Igor Larin. The agreement is for the duration of the NHL lockout. The contract is taken into account the KHL requirement under which the player's wages should not exceed 65 percent of his revenue in the NHL.
at 10:51 AM
"Contract with Alexander Ovechkin will be signed within a few hours."
~Andrei Safronov, General Manager of Moscow Dynamo
Sept. 19, 2012, 3:06 PM Moscow time.
@sovsportru Александр Овечкин @ovi8 вернулся в московское «Динамо»!
According to izvestia.ru, Ovi already signed a contract and in process of passing a physical.
Now Alexander is in processing of passing team's conditioning test at the medical center located in the sports complex "Luzhniki". Tomorrow he will start full training and will be preparing for the games of the regular season at the club's facility based in the suburban Novogorsk.
Read more: http://izvestia.ru/news/535607
Update: Ovechkin already practices with Dynamo... Pavel Lysenkov @plysenkov
Alex Ovechkin. Already on the practice with Dynamo. Man in red.
at 7:47 AM
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
SovSport.ru coverage of signing Ilya Kovalchuk by SKA St. Petersburg has him saying this:
"I can share Alexander Ovechkin's words," says Ilya Kovalchuk. "If there will be a pay cut, we will seriously consider the option of moving permanently back to our homeland and play there."
Could it be a phone cenversation between the two? Who knows, but I don't believe Ovi was ever that adamant, at least not in the media.
at 6:18 PM
Photo by Fedor Uspensky
The Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin will play for Moscow Dynamo during the NHL lockout. The white and blue management decided to meet all the financial demands by the 27 years old Dynamo's alumni. The signing of the contract between the parties will be officially announced very soon. Ovechkin played for Dynamo since 2001 and then moved to North America after the championship season of 2004/05 during which the NHL was in the previous lockout.
Pavel Lysenkov @plysenkov
If Ovechkin will sign with Dynamo, you'll see two games Kovy (Kovalchuk in SKA) vs Ovy in New York (Jan 2013).
SKA (St. Petersburg) vs Dynamo (Moscow). January 19, 20 2013.
620 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11217 United States.
game #570 SKA (St. Petersburg) vs Dynamo (Moscow)
game #577 Dynamo (Moscow) vs SKA (St. Petersburg)
at 3:00 PM
Monday, September 17, 2012
The Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin will continue his career in the KHL very soon. According to Sport-Express Ovechkin's KHL representative Gleb Chistyakov was actively engaged in the negotiations with two teams.
"We are only a day after lockout was declared, so please don't rush us with the result," said Chistyakov. "We are in a process of negotiations that is likely to be completed by Wednesday or Thursday."
Who is the most active in the negotiations?
It is CSKA. In addition Moscow Dynamo, Alexander alumni club has expressed an interest as well, though not in such agressive form as Red Army club.
Last week the owners of Dynamo made a series of reckless statements about Ovechkin. Does it interfere with your negotiations?
Some words of Dynamo's leaders really cooled Ovechkin's fervor. But I want to emphasize that after that Dynamo slightly corrected their position and it makes us happy. It's okay now.
There were reports on internet that the head coach of Dynamo Oleg Znarok didn't seem to be very interested in Ovechkin...
I have no such information. Conversely, Oleg Znarok, judging by the press, voted with two hands for Alexander to play for Dynamo.
Why are the talks moving very slowly?
The main issue is the insurance coverage matching ovechkin's long-term contract with Washington. We are talking about 100 thousand US dollars a month.
Whose chances better to get Ovechkin as of Monday evening, it is CSKA or Dynamo?
I am not ready to estimate the odds now. Let's just say, the intrigue is still there.
at 6:16 PM
"If the league will not change its position the lockout will drag on for a full year," said Alexander Ovechkin in an interview with the correspondent of "Sovietsky Sport" Dmitry Ponomarenko on Monday. "We're not going to give in, too. It means I can spend the entire season in the KHL. It's a reality."
Ponomarenko: Who are you training with?
Ovechkin: "I prefer not to answer to this question. The rumors will spread immediately. I have not chosen the team yet. Let me just say that I am not going to delay the negotiations. For me the earlier I will start the season, the better. I understand that skating into shape won't be easy."
at 2:23 PM
Valery Matveev, an agent representing Alexander Ovechkin, told izvestia.ru that negotiations with the HC "Dynamo" will be held today.
"Dynamo is Ovechkin's alumni club and it will be unethical if Alexander will go to any other team without offering his services to Dynamo first, the fans will not accept that", said Matveev. "The Ovechkin's contract negotiations are more complicated by the fact that he has to have a quite expensive insurance. Not every club can afford it. And, of course, it is important, what kind of teammates will be partnered with him. It is important for Alexander to have a good chemistry and fit into the team. We need all answers on these issues from Dynamo."
Ovechkin's representative also confirmed that his mother, Tatiana Ovechkina, already contacted the management of Moscow CSKA, who is very interested in signing Alexander.
The headline of the article says it all, "Ovechkin is expecting that Dynamo will give up on signing him to negotiate with CSKA".
Meanwhile our freelance investigative field reporter Emily emailed us that she found Ovi. Thanks, Emily!
Look who showed up at our preseason game @ovi8Victoria plays for Moscow Dynamo basketball team. Her facebook page lists two colleges in US, University of Pittsburgh and Loyola University, Maryland
"Happy Birthday, Mr. Ovechkin!" С днем рождения!
Update: Ovi's birthday cake
hmmm, I forgot about Moscow traffic jams....hahaha is good that at least the music is good!!!!
spasibo vsem za xoroshie slova!kak ne kryti 27 yje ))))hahaha a moskva podarila mne shikarnyu probku))))hahahah
thanks to everyone for good words!however you spin it i am 27 now ))))hahaha and moscow gave me a present in classy traffic jams))))hahahah
at 9:43 AM
Sunday, September 16, 2012
SovSport.ru reported that Ovechkin arrived in Moscow more than a week ago. But Sasha is not showing up anywhere in public, and is not giving any interviews. On Saturday he was expected for a sporting event at PFUR stadium where Washington's captain was invited by his friends. Ovechkin informed his friends over the phone that he was about to come. And then his cell phone disappeared from the mobile network coverage...
On the same day Sasha was seen with CSKA GM and longtime Capitals teammate Sergei Fedorov at the Ice arena at Leningrad Prospect.
Pavel Lysenkov called Sergei Fedorov, but the general manager of CSKA politely declined to be interviewed, "It is Sunday, I'm not in the office. Let's postpone the conversation to next week." The CSKA media relations service is not in a hurry for any statements either.
Pavel Lysenkov also noted that Alex Ovechkin's father Makhail has been seen a lot at the CSKA arena lately. But Mikhail lives close to arena. Oh well, signing a contract with CSKA could be a birthday present for Ovi, who will be 27 years old on September 17, 2012.
I am in Red Army now :-)
at 1:44 PM
Monday, September 10, 2012
On September 15, 2012 the absolute world champion in kickboxing Batu Hasikov invites everyone to join the stars and get their baptism of fire in Reebok CrossFit.
On this day at the playground of the Russian University of Friendship of Peoples (PFUR) sports and busines stars will learn the basics of the most popular in the world system of functional training, will take part in a soccer tournament, apply knowledge of CrossFit in competitions, will hold a raffle and a concert for all spectators and guests of this sporting event.
At the final part of event participating celebrities will visit Children's Hospital, which treats children suffering from leukemia and other blood disorders, where the stars will give children gifts from the organizers.
Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals captain, will participate in this event.
Last night Batu Hasikov took revenge on the Portuguese Ricardo Fernandez, sending a Superman into a knockout in the third round.
The Champion's belt was handed to Batukhan by Washington's forward Alexander Ovechkin, who came to watch the bloody spectacle.
Update: I received the following this morning from David Abrityn, Ovechkin's IMG agent:
Alex is not going to the event you wrote of. He was not aware of the event or his name with it. He is proud member of the Nike family now.
at 9:43 AM
Friday, September 7, 2012
According to CSNWashington (Sept. 7, 2012), "Ovechkin has spent the past week skating with teammates and has reported to informal workouts at 232 pounds, about 9 pounds heavier than he ended last year's playoffs."
In the last 4 years Alex weight was fluctuating around 230 lbs mark. Here's our March 1, 2012 post: "Ovechkin's weight according to GMGM"
Age Season lbs G A Pts McPhee's weights 19 2005/06: 212 52 54 106 20 2006/07: ? 46 46 92 218 21 2007/08: ? 65 47 112 224 22 2008/09: 220 56 54 110 232 23 2009/10: 233 50 59 109 237 24 2010/11: 234 32 53 85 242 25 2011/12: 230 38 27 65 224 --------------------------------- 26 2012/13: 232
Caps media guide of 2011/12 has Ovi's weight at 230. According to George McPhee he lost some weight after that to 224. And now it is 232 lbs, is it good or bad?
Probably not good for KHL, haha...
Again, if someone has Caps media guides for 2006/2008 seasons, please email/tweet me his weight, it would be greatly appreciated...
Update: Bryzgalov, on the other hand, has lost 8 pounds as reported by Philly.com:
The 32-year-old goalie has been working out at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. He has lost about eight pounds from last season and is ready to play more like the netminder who was a Vezina runner-up in Phoenix.
"I did lots of training this summer," said a smiling Bryzgalov. "As you can see, I'm skinny and prepared."
If Ovi would lose 8 pounds, it would be 222 lbs, a weight closely associated with his best years in scoring... at the age of 21 and 22.
at 4:34 PM
Thursday, September 6, 2012
09/06/2012: Mike Vogel checks in with Caps captain Alex Ovechkin to talk about his summer and the start of off-season workouts at KCI.
I've spent all my summer with my gf, only 2-3 weeks in Moscow.
No Turkey? Yes, Turkey, but only for 5 days... Masha couldn't spend more than that there.
at 3:38 PM
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Kuznetsov was interviewed by Sport-Express and here is a small excerpt about his relationship with Washington Capitals...
The Washington Capitals is not a difficult topic for Evgeny Kuznetsov to talk about, but Evgeny still frowned, thinking about it.
How did you tell to Washington Capitals that your move to DC was postponed?
I didn't say anything to them.
Did the Americans learn it from the newspapers?
I have no idea. And now it kind of hurts that I was not even invited to a summer development camp.
Would you go?
I very much wanted it. Just curious to see again how things are there. But I was not invited. Even if I could not go, it still would be nice to receive invitation. I don't know if they give up on me or not, but it is a bit strange...
Is NHL still a mystery for you?
at 12:23 PM
Monday, September 3, 2012
Some weird pic of @Ovi8 from his tweet. I think he is ready to play for CSKA, a.k.a. Red Army :-)
But the tweet says:
im ready to fight for NHLPA!!!! Hahaha!!
Hahaha indeed. Good thing he didn't paint his hair red.
Meanwhile Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova have upset Venus and Serena Williams in a 6-1 6-4 win at the U.S. Open. Did Ovi just stare at Williams sisters?
The Border Collie uses a direct stare at sheep, known as "the eye", to intimidate while herding...
Now Little Lamb is going to stare at Gary Bettman. If it works, watch out Gary Bettman, NHLPA is going to win! :-)
"I’m one of the soldiers on the NHLPA."
at 9:39 PM
Sasha Ovechkin is rooting for his girlfriend Maria at US Open.
Is this his brother Mikhail in the front? Photo credit : Jean Catuffe
It looks like... Even t-shirt of the same color...
Meanwhile Sasha Vujacic tweeted that he and his girlfriend Maria broke up. Sharapova confirmed to Sovetsky Sport about it. She said that because Sasha started playing in Turkey, they didn't see each other much, like they didn't see each other for 10 months once.
The plot thickens... :-)
at 11:20 AM