In the first four games of the new season, Alex Ovechkin has struggled. He’s looked lost on the right wing and had trouble finding his role in Adam Oates’ new system. Before today’s matinee with the Buffalo Sabres, Ovi had one point, an assist. The Washington Capitals went 0-3-1 during that stretch.
That doesn’t mean Ovechkin hasn’t had his chances — especially in Oates’ 1-3-1 powerplay. After their game against New Jersey on Friday, Mike Green lamented to CSN sideline reporter Al Koken,”I missed [Ovi] on a pass that was about four or five inches out of his wheelhouse.” On Sunday, Green found Ovi with a beautiful cross-ice pass to give the Russian machine his first goal on the season. It would end up being the game-winner.
Video is below the jump.
Look how happy he is.
That goal ended Ovechkin’s longest goal-scoring drought at the start of a season.
Ovi also had his second humangous big hit of the season, crushing six-foot, eight-inch behemoth Tyler Myers along the boards in the first period. Most players can’t move Myers; Ovechkin knocks him over like he’s a wet paper bag.
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