A great night of hockey on Fun Street

One of the highlights of this NHL season was Capitals phenom Alex Ovechkin’s amazing goal in Phoenix. Last night, Caps fans got to see another highlight reel goal when defenseman Ivan Majesky scored from about 150 feet away on Pittsburgh’s Sebastian Caron. It was Majesky’s first goal of the season and put the Caps up by 2. They would go on to defeat the Pengyunz 6 – 3 (The Post) with an empty netter at the end.

Ovechkin scored his 42nd goal and two assists on the night, besting Pittsburgh rookie Sidney Crosby who had only an assist. That’s seven games in a row with a goal scored for #8., breaking his own Caps rookie record. Speaking of Ovechkin, hockey equipment manufacturer CCM is holding a contest to pick a nickname for him. How about A.O. as in “A.O let’s go! A.O. let’s go!”

The game was also highlighted by the return of a pigeon on the ice during play and the intermission. In his remarks about the game last night, Caps owner Ted Leonsis has this to say on his blog:

For the second game in a row, a pigeon was flying around the arena and landed on the ice. It had to be shooed away by the players and the crew. Since we’ve won two games in a row with a pigeon on the ice – some of our fans are now calling for using “rally pigeons” as our good luck charm. Detroit has its octopi, Florida has its rats, maybe DC will have its pigeons.

Look for photos in the Metroblogging DC Flickr pool this evening.

One oddity on the night though, some Verizon Wireless users had difficulty using their phones for voice and text throughout the game, which seems a bit ironic given the arena’s new name.

One last thing, the Majesky goal was a shorthanded one.

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