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Ovechkin, wife Nastya, Backstrom star in funny new commercial

Capitals captain looking out for teammate in ad for MassMutual

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Alex Ovechkin takes looking out for his teammate to the next level in a new commercial.

The Washington Capitals captain stars in a funny spot for MassMutual Insurance alongside his wife, Nastya, and longtime teammate Nicklas Backstrom.

Ovechkin and Backstrom star in new ad

The ad starts with a puzzled Nastya asking Ovechkin, who is eating cereal, why Backstrom is listed on his insurance policy. Ovechkin explains his thinking, telling his wife he and Backstrom are a duo.

"If something happens to me, who is 'Backy' going to pass the puck to?" Ovechkin deadpans. "His power-play points might drop. How he will get his assists? What then?"

It is then revealed that Backstrom, who has assisted on 269 of Ovechkin's 730 NHL goals, is also at the Ovechkin home.

"Yeah, what then?" Backstrom asks Nastya, who shoots him a look as he loudly slurps cereal on the couch.

The spot then cuts to two framed pictures, one of Ovechkin and Nastya at their wedding and another of Ovechkin and Backstrom (who will begin the season on long-term injured reserve because of a hip injury) in the Capitals locker room.

It ends with Nastya asking, "And why is he always always here for breakfast?"

The Capitals opened the regular season against the New York Rangers at Capital One Arena on Wednesday, and after the game, TNT analyst Paul Bissonette asked Ovechkin how many takes it took to get the commercial down. 

"To be honest with you I was full," Ovechkin said. "I was full with milk. Like obviously right now I'm going to stop eating breakfast food. I'm still full."

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