Saturday Update: NHL scoring officials have credited Joel Ward with the goal.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had himself a pretty ordinary game against the Detroit Red Wings Friday. Well, that is until the 60th minute of play. That’s when Ovi summoned the combined powers of Hercules, Paul Bunyan, and one of those unscrewable pickle jar lids and used it to tie the game with seven seconds left to go in regulation.
As John Carlson laid a perfect pass into Ovechkin’s wheelhouse, the Russian machine wound up and fired from the point. His one-timer beat Jimmy Howard stick side. Yeaaaaaa, BOI!
After the goal, John Walton lost his mind.
So did Joe B.
And, most importantly, so did Alex Ovechkin.
To celebrate, first an exuberant Ovechkin hopped twice in the air.
Next, he extended his arms out to his side like F$%^ You, I’m An Anteater and then jumped with his teammates.
Then there was screaming. Lots and lots of screaming.
This was the third time Ovechkin’s tied a game in the final minute this season. His other two clutch moments were against the Tampa Bay Lightning on December 10th (with 33 seconds to go) and the Philadelphia Flyers on December 15th (with 48 seconds to go).
Way to go, Ovi. What a great way to make up for last night.
— RMNB (@russianmachine) February 1, 2014