Photo credit: Igor Kleyner

Alex Ovechkin had a pretty good night at the rink Tuesday. The Washington Capitals captain almost single-handedly (okay, Nicky and Grubi helped) dragged the team out of the 3-0 hole they had dug. Four goals and an avalanche of hats later, Ovi’s night to remember was in the books. And that outrageously awesome tying goal celly – was Alex the Great going for a swim at center ice?  Showing off a triple Salchow? Channeling his inner Superman? Whatever it was, it must have been something Alex devised ahead of time and saved for a special occasion, right?

Well, maybe not.

GIF by Ian Oland

“No, it was all just an accident, I just fell down,” Ovechkin told me in his native Russian language after the game. “I jumped up, and as I was landing on the ice, I ended up on my toes, and I just slipped. That’s all.”

So there you have it. A goal scoring bonanza a la 2009 – but instead of another hot stick-like stunt, just a meek jump with a flubbed landing. Somewhere in Canada, Don Cherry nods in approval. Unless he is too preoccupied with dead hawks and black squirrels.

  • JenniferH

    Man, even his slips are a thing of awesome joy, sick haha)))))

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    And the hot stick was just a back cramp…embrace your awesome, Ovi!

  • Alex

    Hmmmm… Nah, I don’t buy it.

    I mean I do, but I don’t.

  • Red

    Just read on Peerless that since Ovi came into the league, he’s the only player with 3 four-goal games. Well aaaallright.

  • Owen Johnson

    Wow. He must be good or something

  • Yo8

    Why is this a surprise when a lot of his early celebrations were just him doing something crazy and then falling on the ice by accident or intentionally?

  • Wilkie98

    I still get chills watching that goal.

  • Darla Doxstater

    Gawd, I love that boy!

  • ctrice

    I was at the game and it was pretty obvious he fell down by accident.