The Capitals are undefeated when Alex Ovechkin starts the morning skate with a ‘hot lap.’ He did it again today before Game Two.
The Alex Ovechkin hot lap is now officially a thing.
It all started on May 7. Before Game Six against the Penguins, Ovechkin asked Jay Beagle if he could take the fourth-line center’s tradition of doing a solo lap around the rink before the team’s morning skate.
“If the big guy wants it, he gets it,” Beagle said to NBC Sports Washington’s Tarik El-Bashir.
The Capitals proceeded eliminated the Pens later that night. Ovechkin did the hot lap again Friday before Game One against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Capitals dominated, scoring the game’s first four goals and hanging on to win 4-2.
Sunday morning, ahead of Game Two, Ovechkin did the hot lap again. Both El-Bashir and the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan got video.