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Tell me if you’ve heard this before. In the final minute of the Washington Capitals game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Alex Ovechkin tied the game with less than a minute to go, sending the Verizon Center into a frenzy.
The Capitals, down 4-1 to the Flyers in the third period, scored three unanswered goals in the game’s final 8:40 to push the game to overtime. The Caps eventually won in the shootout.
The goal was vintage Ovi. After some long shifts before the game’s final minute, Adam Oates had Ovechkin sit on the bench’s ledge during a neutral zone face-off. As soon as the Caps got possession, Grubauer raced off the ice and Ovechkin — the extra attacker — jumped on.
Alex Ovechkin intercepted a blind pass from Joel Ward that was heading towards Mike Green. Ovi nailed the slapshot from the point, beating Steve Mason, who had just returned from a brisk stroll behind the net.
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Listen to John Walton lose his mind: “I can’t believe he did it AGAIN.”
Joe B. was also excited about the goal.
We were also excited about the goal.
— RMNB (@russianmachine) December 15, 2013
After the game, Ovi was temporarily credited with the Marcus Johansson goal, but that was later reverted. Ovi will have to settle for a goal, an assist, and a win. That makes 27 goals in 31 games.
Speaking to reporters in the locker room, Ovechkin said his third period goal was a lousy shot.
“I’m being honest with you, I missed my shot,” Ovechkin said. “It’s kind of funny, but it was perfect. I’ll take it.”
When asked what he meant by that by the Caps’ Mike Vogel, Ovechkin explained. “I didn’t get all of it,” he replied. “Greenie was in front of me so I try to reach out and just shoot it.”
“I think we had luck on our side today, especially at the end of the game, but we’ll take it. ”
Yes, yes, we certainly will.
All hail the OvechKING.
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) December 15, 2013