How much of that increased sauce can be attributed to his favorite, well, sauce?

“It’s a tradition from day one,” Alex Ovechkin explains. “They have the Italian food always when we came to the rink, and it’s very delicious.”

After yet another disappointing end to the 2016-17 season — and another second-round playoff loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins — many things changed for Ovechkin and the Capitals this season. But his pregame meal was not one of them.

Before Saturday’s home opener against the Montreal Canadiens, Ovechkin ordered, as always, pasta with alfredo sauce and chicken from Mama Lucia. Then he went out and recorded his second-consecutive hat trick — giving him seven goals in the first two games of the season. He’s off to the best start of his career heading into Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Toyota continued its romp through NASCAR’s playoffs as Martin Truex Jr. won Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway to earn an automatic berth into the next round.
“We weren’t even close to being able to win at the beginning of the race,” Truex said. “The car actually wasn’t that bad on that first run, but when we put the second set of tires on, the balance completely changed in a way that we didn’t expect it to, so then we had to play catch?up.”

He played it well. Truex led 91 of the final 104 laps on the way to the win, a victory that earned him an automatic bid into the semifinal round of eight. By capturing Where To Find Cheap Jerseys the opening race of the three-race quarterfinal round, Truex can go to Talladega — the place Cheap Zach Parise Jerseys where he was knocked out of the playoffs last year — next week and Kansas the following week without worry.

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