Ovi geeking out with his milestone puck. (Photo credit: Gregg Forwerck)
Alex Ovechkin hit 699 career points last Tuesday with a three-point performance against the Florida Panthers. It would take another week for the Russian machine to join to the 700 Club, but when it happened he made it count.
After going scoreless in the three Washington Capitals games (all losses), Ovechkin returned to the scoresheet against the Carolina Hurricanes, scoring the game-tying goal for his 700th point and setting up the game-winner for his 701st.
It pays to be at the right place at the right time.
As Nicklas Backstrom throws a no-look backhand pass towards the slot, Hurricanes goaltender Dan Ellis deflects the puck away. The errant puck goes right to Troy Brouwer, who feeds Ovechkin on the wing for a one-timer. Scoar.
It was Ovi’s 10th goal of the season, the 359th goal of his career.
To cap it off, The Great Eight assisted on Mike Ribeiro‘s game-winning goal after being sprung by John Carlson on a breakaway. Ovechkin beat Dan Ellis and put the puck behind him, but didn’t have the angle to score. Luckily, Ribeiro crashed the net and pushed it in.
So yeah. Alex Ovechkin had both the game-tying goal and the game-winning assist. What a rock star.