On September 30, 2015, In Highlights, By Ian Oland
Alex Ovechkin is a future hall-of-fame player. Twenty seconds into the Caps’ preseason game against the Carolina Hurricanes, he reminded a 21-year-old rookie defenseman named Jaccob Slavin of that fact.
Stampeding into the offensive zone like a bull through the streets of Pamplona, the Russian machine put the puck through Slavin’s legs under Slavin’s stick. Slavin reached for the biscuit (tsk tsk) and tripped Ovechkin. The Great Eight managed to transfer the puck back onto his forehand and score while falling down.
Before the season, Kuznetsov participated in the NHL Rookie Challenge. Upper Deck asked him to come up with the most creative goal celebration he could imagine. (I’m guessing this came after the figure skating.) Kuznetsov did not disappoint.
Unable to muster much offense during the first 35 minutes of the game, the Capitals finally woke from their slumber during four-on-four with the Wild (Thanks, Tom Wilson)!
Alex Ovechkin was of course the benefactor. He scored his 46th goal of the season on an impressive individual effort. Taking a pass from Karl Alzner in the defensive zone, Ovechkin turned on the afterburners in neutral and slung a low and hard shot toward Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk gave up a huge rebound off his pads, and Ovechkin beat him glove side.
Former Flames forward Curtis Glencross is figuratively on fire right now. (I stole this from Katie Brown.) He just scored again and I think I know what’s fueling him: delicious, delicious Roy Rogers.
In his first five games with the Caps, Glencross has scored three times – all in thefirst period. (He also has points in all five games with Washington.) The Capitals have a promotion with Roy Rogers: if they score in the first period, you get a free sandwich.
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.