Ovechkin’s belly-pat celebration is getting a lot of pub

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With nine goals in his last nine games, Alex Ovechkin’s had plenty of opportunity to celebrate goals lately.

But as the Washington Post points out, it’s one particular celebration that’s making waves:

The Belly Pat.

More, from Caps Insider:

Alex Ovechkin is looking a lot more like his two-time MVP winning self — but with one notable difference.

Instead of treating Verizon Center fans to the patented hurling-the-body-into-the-boards goal celebration on Sunday in a 3-0 win over Minnesota, Washington’s star left wing again displayed his new belly-pat move after his wrister in the third period.

Ovechkin debuted the new celebration Thursday in Philadelphia, but nobody seems to know where it came from.

The Post’s Tarik El-Bashir asked about it Sunday, but the Capitals’ captain laughed it off: “Nothing. I do it before, I think.”

Cheers to Caps blog Russian Machine Never Breaks for pointing out that Ovi’s gone belly-pat after each of his last five goals. And jeers to Dustin Penner for not thinking of this first.