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Posted at 08:26 PM ET, 03/25/2012

On Alex Ovechkin’s belly-pat goal celebration

(Evan Vucci - AP)

With nine goals in his last seven games, 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.”

Check out the game highlights, belly pat and all, below:

Update: RMNB is all over this story. By their count, Ovechkin has done the celebration after his last five goals, starting March 19 against Detroit. Worth a click for the GIF alone.

More on the Capitals:
Ovechkin’s key defensive play
Capitals beat Wild, 3-0

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