Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, top, watches his shot after being knocked down by Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. Ovechkin\'s scoring may have cooled off but he\'s a hot topic again after performing in a Russian rap video.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Chris Carlson
Alex Ovechkin's scoring may have cooled off but he's a hot topic again after performing in a Russian rap video.
The Washington Capitals star appears in a video for rapper Sasha Belyi's sports-themed song ''Champion,'' which was released this weekend and became an instant hit on YouTube.
After some bad dancing and making sometimes blurred-out hand gestures beside Belyi's rapid-fire rapping in Russian, the gap-toothed Ovechkin takes over about 2:55 into the video.
According to a translation on Puck Daddy, Ovechkin's rap begins ''Alumni of Dynamo, Eight on the back, In the all-star game all attention is on me.''
He then lists some accomplishments such as scoring 100 NHL points and winning the 2008 world championship before saying ''Stick in my hands, Rap in the headphones, Saying hello from Washington'' and ending with ''For every champion.''
Ovechkin starts the video dressed all in black, then switches to a white shirt with a Capitals' cap on sideways.
The 26-year-old is certainly a showman, as his antics at NHL all-star games, including donning a wig and funny glasses, have shown.
That side hasn't dimmed, even though his points production has.
Ovechkin had three straight 100-point campaigns from 2008 to 2010, but dropped off to 85 last season. The two-time MVP and Rocket Richard Trophy winner, who led the league with 65 goals and 112 points in 2007-08, sits 44th in NHL scoring after 43 games with 18 goals and 17 assists.