The Washington Capitals apparently hosted the Nashville Predators to an exhibition game on Wednesday night. The Capitals won, reportedly, 4-1 and most of the talk after the game regarded Matt Hendricks and his return to DC, the fights, and something about Graboners (No, this will never be a t-shirt).

When I checked out highlights of the game this morning, my jaw figuratively hit the floor. Nicklas Backstrom’s goal– wow. It wasn’t so much what Backstrom did; it was what Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson did to set it up.



Look closely at this second GIF. Marvel at it. (GIFs by welshhockeyfan)

Instead of initiating a board battle, Marcus Johansson flips the puck in the air towards Ovechkin’s midsection 15 feet away. Ovechkin raises his stick in less than a second and perfectly bunts the puck with the shaft of his stick to a streaking Johansson. Mojo fires it to Backstrom for a beautiful one-timer goal.

The goal begins at the 20 second mark.

The craziest part is– this appears to be a set play. As soon as Johansson passes the puck, he skates towards the net anticipating a pass.

This also isn’t the first give-and-go goal the first line has scored this preseason. Against Chicago last week, Ovechkin, John Carlson, Johansson, and Backstrom all combined in a beautiful passing to play for another easy score.

If you’re wondering how the first line is going to elevate its game this season, look no further than these two goals. I suppose having one of the greatest passers of all-time as their coach does have its benefits.

  • Michael

    That is just a nasty give and go

  • rmontcal

    I haven’t been following the preseason but when I looked, the first several games were SO decisions. What’s up with that? Coincidence?

  • Chris

    This Ovechkin guy is so over-rated. He is a one dimensional offensive puck hog that chokes in the playoffs. He will never be good.

  • JRedman9

    Little bit of shakeeee and bakeeee. SHAKE & BAKE!

  • Jonathan Kenny

    The only thing I don’t like about these highlights is not recognizing Ovi right away because his sweater isn’t tucked in. It just doesn’t look right.; but maybe the other teams will have trouble recognizing him at first (dream on). Down with Bettman and his retarded rules.

  • OlietheGoalie

    Having Oates as a teacher might just pay off…

  • AH

    Oh. My. God. I hope we see more of this during the season <3

  • BPThomas

    I despise Comcast for keeping this from me. I hate them so much.

  • Freedoooom

    For a guy with an extreme forehand curve, he sure can dish a lot of great backhand saucer passes.

    Those and the area passes to Green are my favorites.

  • Owen Johnson

    Yeah, look at him hogging the puck on this play. And he only has 3 Hart Trophies. That not even as many as Wayne Gretzky or Gordie Howe. Shesh, pick it up Ovie.

  • Christoffer Salo Salomonsson

    the ovie curve is actually “quite easy” to do backhand saucer passes with.. its pretty straight at the heel, but still..

  • Jody Harvey

    What I find most interesting, is how underrated Eric Fehr is again. No mention of his two goals? I have been a fan of his for a long time. He may not be a top line guy, but he works his ass off every game he plays.

  • ALee

    I like that your profile image is unfilled so it’s just a picture of OV’s head.

  • Big Chuck

    I would say the Olympic torch is in good hands

  • Red

    Give our boys some sneakers, they’re playing basketball out there. What a ridiculous play. I was at that game, sitting pretty close btw, and I completely missed it. Can’t wait for the season to start.

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    First thing I noticed. what a stupid rule.