HomeMcFanboy: Ovechkin, Green, Backstrom and Boudreau on Skins sideline.
by Andrew Sharp, SB Nation, Oct 4, 2009 12:38 PM EDT
After opening the year with a two goals in two games—and a whopping six points total—in leading the Washington Capitals to an early 2-0 record, Alex Ovechkin’s put the league on notice: he’s still the best player on the planet, thank you very much. And he’s still one of the most entertaining athletes, anywhere.
From USA Today’s Brett Haber:
Alex Ovechkin nailed a pair of 25-yd FG’s in Redskins pre-game. Gooooooal!
Just by supporting the beleaguered, cross-town Redskins team, he’s awesome. Then he has to go and kick field goals pregame? Put Ovie In!
And another update:
Michael Green, Nicklas Backstrom, and Alex Ovechkin of the 2-0 Washington Capitals were on-hand before pregame warmups, and the three players got in some work kicking field goals. (Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau was present as well, but skipped the kickoff competition.
"It increased my respect for Suisham," Green -- who was 2-for-2 -- said of his fellow Canadian countryman. "We were at the 20-yard line, and he kicks that ball from forty, fifty yards. That's incredible."
Ovechkin went 2-for-3, and Backstrom made 1-of-2.
Suisham was not surprised by Ovechkin's success kicking the ball. "He's an explosive guy. Powerful, good athlete," Suisham said. "Any time you have someone who's athletic, they'll be able to put it through the uprights when there's no pressure."
I wasn't able to catch up with Ovechkin, so I posed my one crucial question about his field goals to Green and Suisham instead: had Ovechkin celebrated his successful kicks with a variation on his traditional jump into the boards?
"He gave the two hands in the air, high five to someone," Green said. "He was pretty excited. I was pretty excited too."
That "someone" Green mentioned? It would be Suisham. "There was an awkward high five," Suisham said. " I was coaching him up, and it was like I had a student that I was working with. He was legitimately excited, and I was happy for him. Not often you see Russians kicking field goals."