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All things considered, Alex Ovechkin had a quiet night on Tuesday. But, at this point, a quiet night for Alex Ovechkin means a goal to clinch a division championship, a crucial assist, and one literally earth-shattering hit. Verizon Center serenaded Ovechkin to “MVP” chants and signs, cheering him on in his comeback season. It was a perfect night.
Ovechkin first got on the scoreboard with a beautiful assist for Nicklas Backstrom in the second period. That big goal gave the Caps a 3-2 lead and seized back the momentum they had surrendered after two unanswered goals by Winnipeg. There’s not much to say here — well, other than Ovechkin’s hands are softer than 1000-thread count linens.
Thanks to @stopthehats for the video.
Then the crowd let Ovi know that, if they were credentialed members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, he would totally have their vote for the Hart.
M-V-P, M-V-P, M-V-P
Next, Ovechkin decided to throw his weight around, crushing Evander Kane at center ice as the two both went for a loose puck. Kane gingerly skated back to the Jets bench, and regional seismologists are still struggling to comprehend the hit.
Finally, with 29 seconds left in the game and the Caps defending a one-goal lead, Ovechkin scored an empty-net goal to clinch the Southeast Division title for the Capitals. I screamed, Joe B screamed, we all screamed for
ice cream O-vie.
Video via @bryancasto
Here are just a few of the signs, photos, and other celebrations of a special night.
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