Alex Ovechkin

Russia's Alexander Ovechkin (R) talks to Finland's Teemu Selanne at the end of the Men's Ice Hockey Play-offs Quarterfinals match between Finland and Russia at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 19, 2014. Finland won 3-1. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Custance: Don’t Put Russia’s Loss on Alex Ovechkin’s Shoulders

Russia surely let down its home crowd, in being eliminated from the Sochi Games with a 3-1 defeat to Finland on Wednesday, but as Craig Custance explains, the blame shouldn’t fall on Alex Ovechkin’s shoulders.

02/19/2014

Alexander Ovechkin #8 of Russia looks on during the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff against Finland on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Credit:  Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ovechkin, Russia Eliminated from Olympic Games; Fall 3-1 to Finland

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and his Russian national team suffered a devastating 3-1 defeat to Finlandin the Men’s Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff, in front of their home crowd in Sochi on Wednesday.

02/19/2014

Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals is mobbed by teammates after scoring a goal in the third period against the Winnipeg Jets during an NHL game at the Verizon Center on February 6, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals won, 4-2. (credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Ovechkin Gets 40th to Lead Caps Past Jets 4-2

After getting an Olympic send-off from Secretary of State John Kerry, Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 40th goal with 12:14 remaining Thursday night as the Washington Capitals rallied from a third-period deficit for a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

02/06/2014

A view of a Coca-Cola machine featuring Alex Ovechkin of Russia ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Alex Ovechkin Defends Sochi Games Amid Early-Onset Problems

Alex Ovechkin, viewed as the face of the Sochi Olympic Games by many from the Russian perspective, defended his home country to media members on Thursday, with regard to the troubles with living quarters clouding media’s first impressions of the country.

02/06/2014

A view of a Coca-Cola machine featuring Alex Ovechkin of Russia ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Laich: There’s ‘A Lot of Pressure’ on Alex Ovechkin in Sochi Games

Capitals hockey star Alex Ovechkin is tasked with the unenviable burden of leading his national team to gold in the Sochi Games, which, understandably so, Brooks Laich told the Junkies, has put “a lot of pressure” on his two-time NHL MVP teammate to deliver.

02/05/2014

Mike Green (credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Green Scores OT Goal; Capitals Beat Sabres

Alex Ovechkin knew what he was going to do before he heard Capitals teammate Mike Green yelling for the pass.

01/29/2014

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Caps End 7-Game Skid With Win Over Canadiens

Alex Ovechkin was back — and so were the Washington Capitals’ winning ways.

01/26/2014

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  Colin Greening #14 of the Ottawa Senators brings the puck down the ice in the third period against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on January 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Senators Shut Out Ovechkin-less Capitals, 2-0

Alex Ovechkin’s absence added to the Washington Capitals’ offensive woes and the Ottawa Senators were only too glad to take advantage.

01/22/2014

Adam Oates and the Washington Capitals are in serious trouble. (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Caps Skid Accelerating Fast

Maybe Capitals coach Adam Oates’ job is even in jeopardy after five straight defeats and nine in the last 11 games.

01/20/2014

Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth makes a save on Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on Jan. 15, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pa.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Capitals Let Late Lead Slip Away in Loss to Penguins

Alexander Ovechkin’s 34th goal of the season gave Washington a 3-2 lead midway through the third period but the Capitals collapsed over the final 10 minutes.

01/15/2014

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