Photo credit: Evan Vucci

Alex Ovechkin has played the point on the power play for most of his entire seven-year NHL career. During that time, using his heavy rocket of a shot, the Capitals prized left-winger has tallied 111 goals with the extra man – for an average of 16 per season.

Unfortunately, Ovechkin has also found himself on the wrong side of a lot of shorthanded opportunities over the years as well. Using a forward at the point can be risky, and the statistics tell the tale: the Caps have given up nine shorthanded goals this season, fourth most in the NHL.

During a power play in the second period of Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Wild, Dennis Wideman turned the puck over at the blue line. A shorthanded chance seemed imminent, but the Russian Machine hustled back, dropped to one knee, and blocked Mikko Koivu’s pass across the ice to a streaking Wild player.

Mobile compatible video via @lilq824

It may be the best defensive play of Ovechkin’s career — and timely, given the Caps’ tenuous grip on a playoff spot.

It doesn’t end there though. On the same shift, Ovechkin brought the puck into the offensive zone and found Troy Brouwer open on the wing. Brouwer then hit Mathieu Perreault with a cross-ice pass, which he deposited into the net, for the Capitals second goal of the game.

Verizon Center erupted into cheers of “Ovi! Ovi!”

People have been asking “What’s wrong with Ovechkin?” all year. Proven by this shift, the answer right now is: Nothing. At all.

Tagged with:
  • Eddie

    Does anyone else think we should put together a fund so that the Washington Post (or someone) can write slanderous things about Ovi once a month? Not because I think such things are justified or warranted (I am not ashamed to admit I have a huge man crush on the man), but if the result is him playing like a man possessed, I think it’s totally worth it.

  • There’s something about his success that makes our guys
    respond with confidence on the ice. I see him communicating more, I see him enjoying the game again & I see him stepping up to the plate at the perfect moments.

    I hope the folks who attend the games are really seeing how important the “sixth” man is to the team. When they’re cheering their loudest our team is responding. The players aren’t the only ones who need to bring their “A” game when walking into the phone booth. Scream your loudest and pump them boys up!

  • Minuterice362

     That should be the seventh man… don’t forget the goalie!