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After a two-game road swing that saw Dynamo Moscow travel multiple time-zones away, Alex Ovechkin and the rest of his teammates returned home for the Christmas holiday and took on Slovan Bratislava on Wednesday.
The Russian machine, who hasn’t been held off the scoresheet since the late 80’s, scored yet again, tallying a powerplay goal in the first period. Ovechkin now has a 14-game point streak and one very happy girlfriend in a #32 jersey. Dynamo won via the gimmick, 2-1 (SO).
Now let’s see this goal.
As Nicklas Backstrom brings the puck into the zone, he passes to Leo Komarov in the corner. Komarov then makes an strong individual play, pushing the puck to slot as he’s hooked to the ice. After Ilya Gorokhov fails to score, Ovechkin cleans up the mess, firing the rebound short-side past Jaroslav Janus. The goal tied the teams 1-1.
In the shootout, Dynamo head coach Oleg Znarok passed over Ovechkin and instead selected Richard Gynge, Marek Kvapil, and Alexei Tsvetkov to shoot. On Dynamo’s fourth attempt and Gynge’s second, the Swede scored and won the game for the blue and white.
Meanwhile, Nicklas Backstrom left the game in the second period after absorbing a hit and landing awkwardly into the boards. In Dynamo’s recap, the team acknowledged that The Swedish Gretzky suffered an injury but did not elaborate beyond that. We’ll see if we can dig up more on Backstrom’s status later.
A trainer puts ice on Backstrom’s neck before he leaves for the locker room. (Photo credit: championat.com)