Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has had an unbelievable year. It’s not just how many goals he scored; it’s how he’s been scoring them.
On Tueday, Ovi scored from an impossible angle. On Wednesday, the Russian machine scored on Pittsburgh just seconds after those dastardly Pens slashed his stick away.
As The Great Eight skated across the slot, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik separated Ovi from his stick. Ovechkin, extending his hands out like What the frick?!, didn’t give up on the play. He reversed, picked up his graphite weapon, and got in position for a one-timer.
Marcus Johansson, astutely noticing that Ovechkin was back in the play, hit his teammate with a sweet pass. Ovechkin one-timed it past Marc-Andre Fleury.
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The goal was clutch. It gave the Caps their third lead of the game and put them up top with less than nine minutes to go. The Caps eventually wilted, losing 4-3.
Ovechkin, who had six shots and three hits, is on pace for 60 goals. He’s not the problem.