AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! (Photo credit: Jonathan Kozub)
After 58:45 of play against Southeast division rival Winnipeg, Alex Ovechkin had just two shots and one hit. Through his last 15 games prior to tonight, Ovi had only two goals. Two!
With the lack of goals and hits, the Alex Ovechkin highlight reel known as the “OvechKam” has become a chore of late. For people who don’t know what I’m referring to, I’ll let a CSN press release via 2008 explain:
[The OvechKam] is a dedicated view that follows Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin throughout the entire game, providing viewers with an unprecedented look at the most prolific player in the NHL today.
Ovechkin ranks first in the NHL in points, goals, points per game, and is tied for first in game winning goals [Ed. note: three years ago], and the “OvechKam” will enable viewers to study the All-Star’s every move, his reactions and all of his goals, up close and personal.
Well, tonight’s reel was a snoozefest.
For everyone keeping score at home, that’s ten seconds of Ovechkin warming up, four seconds of an illegal check in the back, three seconds of Ovi chatting jovially with best-bud Alex Semin on the bench. Zzzz.
Maybe that footage was all the universe needed to set itself straight. On Ovechkin’s next shift, Marcus Johansson left him a perfect drop pass and Ovi knew exactly what to do with it.
Video of Alex Ovechkin’s Tenth Goal of the Year
Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to Alex Ovechkin’s first game-winning goal of the year, just 30 games into the season. That’s the latest in his career ever to earn a game-winner, but that doesn’t make it any less lovely.