Alex Ovechkin belatedly celebrated his 35th birthday in Moscow on Thursday.
The sweetest moment of the party happened when Ovechkin slow danced with his mother Tatyana.
Reports surfaced on Wednesday that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers were trading forward Patric Hornqvist for defenseman Mike Matheson, but official confirmation never came. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the deal was held up by Hornqvist’s no-trade clause and injury insurance.
Thursday afternoon, the two teams finally made the trade official. Forward Colton Sceviour will also join Matheson in Pittsburgh.
Alex Ovechkin turned 35 last Thursday, but today he celebrated his birthday belatedly in style. And by in style, I mean in fancy suits and someone likely dropped six figures to make this happen.
Ovechkin’s birthday party was held at Orion Hall, a concert venue in his native Moscow. The party featured celebrity appearances by teammates Ilya Kovalchuk and Dmitry Orlov as well as Penguins rival Evgeni Malkin. Malkin even got a hug from Ovi.
In celebration of Alex Ovechkin being their cover athlete for NHL 21, EA Sports is releasing a three-part docuseries on The Great 8 entitled “From Alex To Ovi.”
The second part of the series, which focuses on Ovi’s rivalry with Sidney Crosby, begins airing on Thursday, September 24 at 1 PM and can be watched below. EA Sports partnered with Sportsnet and Monumental Network to create the series.
Steven Stamkos made a surprise return in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final.
Out since February 25, the Tampa Bay Lightning captain scored on his third shift and his very first shot of the game. The goal gave the Lightning an early 2-0 lead, 6:58 into the first period.
Over the last month, the Washington Capitals loaned five prospects overseas as the NHL continues to grapple with how to conduct and start its 2020-21 season. Other NHL teams have followed suit.
Damien Riat and Tobias Geisser were loaned to Swiss National League teams; Axel Jonsson-Fjallby was returned to his native Sweden to play in the HockeyAllsvenskan; and Alex Alexeyev and Aliaksei Protas are playing in Russia’s KHL. All five are expected to be called back for Capitals’ training camp.
The tradeoff of the loans is simple: Caps prospects continue playing hockey, but they also assume varying degrees of risk of contracting the coronavirus outside a bubble system. The latter has become a concern as the KHL is suddenly enduring a COVID-19 outbreak.
ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan published a must-read story about the NHL bubble experience on Tuesday. And it’s remarkable because it features rare candor from players. The article focused on how difficult living in the bubble was and how the NHL under-delivered on the experience.
The weirdest part of the bubble, according to players, was living in the same hotels as their opponents.
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