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A few days after the NHL lockout began more than a month ago, Alex Ovechkin ensured he wouldn’t simply be waiting for a new collective bargaining agreement. The Caps captain quickly signed with the KHL’s Dynamo Moscow, the team he grew up with, and went to work in front of his hometown fans. 

The KHL offers a markedly different backdrop for Ovechkin’s on-ice flair than the environment in Washington, but it’s one where he is equally as popular. 

From the Post’s Moscow bureau chief, Kathy Lally, a look at the Dynamo Moscow experience:

Food is sold and eaten only in the lobby, where it’s plentiful, sliced salmon or fat-globuled salami on a slice of bread, tubs of popcorn, a $3.85 hot dog, a $1.60 cup of tea. Tickets go from $5 to $16 for most games, and $14 puts you high enough to see but close enough to see the players spit and with a good view of the bare-midriffed women who periodically skip onto the ice with shovels, dumping shavings into a blue plastic bucket.

Drums beat. Music played. “My heart is beating as if I’m a poor little ovechka,” went one song, ovechka being lamb in Russian. When Ovechkin made his goal against Neftekhimik, chants of Dee-Na-Mo quickly turned to Sa-Sha Sa-Sha.

“He’s the best player in the world,” Sasha Mikheev said between periods at the Neftekhimik game. “We are lucky to have him.”