A few months ago, Bauer asked their followers to “show us your hardest shot by putting it on Instagram with the hashtag #MX3Russia. The winner gets to go to Washington to meet Alex Ovechkin.” Teeny tiny Maxim won with these two videos.
Alex Ovechkin is nearly impossible to stop on the power play– even if you know a shot his coming. He’s even more difficult to stop when one of your teammates deflects his shot and makes it go in the opposite direction.
That’s what happened during the Caps’ first-period power play against the Rangers. Evgeny Kuznetsov found Ovechkin near the right circle. Ovechkin shot, and then suicide-diving Jesper Fast deflected the puck past Cam Talbot.
Jay Beagle is having a career-best season. With 10 goals and counting, he’s got more offensive flair than ever before. That offense has come with criticism– not for Beagle himself, who is a talented and beloved bottom-sixer, but for the coach(es) who deployed him on the top line with Alex Ovechkin.
Alex Ovechkin just scored his 44th goal of the season. It came during the power play from, oh c’mon, you know where. But, this time, instead of overpowering Matt Hackett with his heavy shot, Ovechkin waited until the birthday-celebrating goaltender flinched and then sent a deceptive shot to the five hole. Hackett must have have thought it was a pass to Marcus Johansson.
With all the sweating under those helmets, hockey players’ hair understandably gets a little crazy after practices and games. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has found a way to hide this as best he can during interviews: hats.
On Sunday, Ovechkin added a beanie to his repertoire. After the Capitals’ 4-0 over Toronto, Ovechkin wore it all wrong.
Alex Ovechkin can score a million different ways. Tonight he gave us a greasy goal. Brooks Orpik gathered a pass from Nicklas Backstrom and sent a shot on net. The Russian machine turned his skates, put his blade to puck, and deflected it past the Sergei Bobrovski, who is back on the force for the first time since January.
“I think sniper was up there, shot me in foot,” Ovechkin told reporters after the game.
When I asked around the Capitals locker room at the Kettler on Monday, I was hoping the learn that Ovi’s teammates had seen the fall — or at least the replay — and had been giving Ovechkin a hard time. Troy Brouwer didn’t let me down.