- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday was almost one year to the day that Alex Ovechkin said, “We’re not going to be suck this year,” a new Ovi-ism that rivaled “Russian machine never breaks” and became a rallying cry at the 2018 Stanley Cup parade in Washington.

At the Washington Capitals’ 2018 media day, Ovechkin updated it, for anyone wondering if the team was happy to have just one Cup win.

“Not suck back-to-back,” he said when prompted to update last year’s motto.

Ovechkin has wrapped up the “Summer of Ovi,” in which he led the franchise to its first Stanley Cup title, led his teammates in partying with the Cup as hard as they wanted, and then became a father as his wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy named Sergei.

The captain said fatherhood was “good” so far and he hasn’t introduced baby Sergei to any of his teammates yet. But longtime teammate and friend Nicklas Backstrom said he texted Ovechkin after Sergei was born.

“‘What a summer for you. Two of the biggest things in life the same summer,’” Backstrom said he wrote to Ovechkin. “I think that’s only a positive thing for us as a human being. It looks like he’s the best mode ever.”

Everyone around the Capitals is excited to see Ovechkin the father back in action. General manager Brian MacLellan said the Russian looked leaner than he has in a while.

Ovechkin also never has to face questions about his greatness if he never wins a Cup.

“I mean, it’s gone. Right now, you have to think of some different questions every day, every year,” he told reporters.

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