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Panarin Discusses Ovechkin Being All-In On Charity Game; Ovi Scores In Draw



Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin

The Washington Capitals saw Alex Ovechkin and Dmitry Orlov take the ice yet again this offseason, as the two took part in Artemi Panarin’s charity game back in Russia.

Both teams drew with a final score of 10-10. Ovechkin, of course, scored on a beautiful shootout move.

Pavel Buchnevich, Alexander Radulov, Vasily Podkolzin, Yegor Chinakhov and other NHL and KHL players also took the ice.

All proceeds go to the Panarin Foundation and support 6-year-old Elisey Artamonov, who faces neurological complications after a doctor’s mistake while undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor.

After the game, Panarin said the 36-year-old was all-in for the charity game from the get-go. He was thrilled that Ovechkin and several other players came together to support the cause, and were more than willing to hit the ice for some offseason hockey.

“Just called, he immediately said, ‘I agree,'” Panarin told “That’s it. Honestly, I was surprised. I was very happy. He called me a couple of days before the match. I was scared because I thought he would refuse now. I said, ‘Don’t scare me.’ He called for a ticket.”

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Ovechkin also played in a charity game on Friday — and scored — and he also surprised Dynamo Moscow youth players earlier this week.

After the game, the Great 8 took the time to skate with his son, Sergei, and also get some on-ice training in for his eldest son.


Ovechkin is coming off the best season of his career. The Great 8 became the highest-scoring European of all time with a record ninth 50-goal season. He also added 40 assists for his first 90-point campaign in over a decade. He needs 115 more goals to pass Wayne Gretzky and break the NHL’s all-time goals record.