Photo credit: Mike Stobe

Alex Ovechkin is scoring in all sorts of ways this season. That explains, perhaps, why he has a ridiculous 21 goals in 25 games. He’s scoring from The Ovi Spot™ on the power play. He’s scoring on deflections in front of the net. He’s scoring off faceoffs like he’s digi Ovi in a video game. He’s turning into Brett Hull’s more talented Russian brother right in front of our eyes.

On Saturday night, we got some vintage Ovi. The new stuff is cool and all, but how about some old school Ovi scoring in Ovi-time?

Tonight, after Nicklas Backstrom improbably tied up the game at two while short-handed with under a minute to go, the Great Eight was the hero in extra time.

As Mikhail Grabovski overlaps and leaves a drop pass to Ovechkin, the reigning NHL MVP crosses and goes to his off wing (in your face, Oates). After faking like he’d use the Islanders defender as a screen, Ovi dekes, gets himself some more open ice, and shoots the puck five-hole past star of My Giant Anders Nilsson.



GIFs by welshhockeyfan

“Luck was on our side this time,” Ovechkin said after the win. “I try to use D like a screen. … I make fake shot, [went to the] center [of the ice], and five hole.”

He makes it sound so easy.

A few days ago, Ovechkin absorbed a rough counter hit from Erik Karlsson. We were worried he was injured. Tonight, he attempted 11 shots, getting 7 of them on net. He also had 20:27 minutes of ice time, leading all Caps forwards. I think he’s fine.

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  • Ash

    I just. Man. How lucky are we that we get to watch Ovi every week, especially now, in the Ovechkin Renaissance? I have to keep reminding myself not to take this for granted, even though he makes it so easy to do so, when he’s performing at such a high level night in and night out. Awesome.

  • It’s absurd how well he’s playing.

  • Tommy

    This is awesome. Ov proving he’s not Yashin. Thank goodness.

  • Tommy

    Most improved under Oates might be Ov. He talks and acts like the leader of this team every night.

  • Mike Lunsford

    I actually said to my wife “Ovi’s been quiet this game,” seconds before he scored the OTGWG. He’s the bright spot in an otherwise black hole of DC Sports.

  • William Obuschking Busch

    cup time he keeps this up 😀

  • H70

    Love the 2 Caps fans in the first GIF. WTG Ovi.

  • Steve

    Ovi could have multiple goals every game to be honest. Its very obvious when he gets angry and goes ham mowing over 3 players in a shift. If he could trigger that kind of intensity more often he would be unstoppable.

  • I didn’t even notice them at first. Good eye, H70!

  • Call me crazy, but I’m pretty satisfied with him scoring pretty much a goal per game over the last 50. Dude has completely changed the way plays the game. He’s shooting the puck way more again. He’s almost 30 years old now and is leading the league in goals. This is a special, special season. So I don’t think it’s fair to want more out of him. I think he’s giving everything he’s got in the tank and then some.