Don’t look now, but Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has goals in three straight. Just 34 seconds into the first period, Barry Trotz’s newly configured top line paid dividends. After Troy Brouwer ripped a shot on Cory Schneider, Ovechkin snatched the tasty rebound, skated to the right circle, and wristed the shot stick-side.
Photo: Geoff Burke
So much happened Tuesday night during the Caps/Sharks game that it was impossible to cover it all. Liam O’Brien tallied his first NHL point, the Caps came back like two different times from an impossible deficit, and terrible hockey player John Scott summoned the power of Thor to lower the boom and score his first goal since dinosaurs roamed the earth.
There was another play I loved that I didn’t get to cover. DID YOU SEE THAT ‘AND ONE’ MOVE OVI PUT ON LOGAN COUTURE??? OMGGGGGG.
The Washington Capitals needed a clutch third period goal trailing 5-3 and they got it from Alex Ovechkin.
San Jose Sharks enforcer John Scott is probably one of the worst hockey players in the league. The 6’8″ left wing plays in the NHL only because of the traits he shares with a grizzly bear, except on the ice. Remember that one time Phil Kessel wielded his stick like a three musketeer? It was because Scott — who was playing for the Sabres at the time — was trying to send the Maple Leafs a message by trying to fight their best player.
San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan gave that his first sweater of the season on Tuesday. And he scored. On Brooks Orpik. Easily.
When TV cameras catch the Caps bench, you never know what you’re going to get. Remember that one time a few years back, when Alex Semin contemplated oblivion? Or that time Alex Ovechkin’s hair tried to escape his scalp?
On Saturday, CSN Washington showed a slo-mo replay of Ovechkin getting clipped by Chris Kelly. Before that, they cut to Ovi on the bench, summoning trainer Greg Smith.
Photo: Kyle Mace
The Hershey Bears lost their season opener to the Norfolk Admirals, but a goal by Steve Oleksy gave the hometown fans something to cheer about.
Oleksy, having narrowly missed a roster spot with the big club, will spend the season in the AHL unless he gets called up. Plays like this are exactly what Oleksy needs to stay on Washington’s radar.
Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green missed opening night, still healing up from an upper-body injury. Green made his debut in Boston on Saturday and scored on a beautiful one-timer from the point.
The goal was made possible by Russian rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov, playing in Nicklas Backstrom’s spot on the second power play unit, who found Green with a perfect pass from across the ice.
Look at this.
Alex Ovechkin may not have scored on opening night, but no worries: he’s on pace for a goal per game anyway. The Russian machine scored his second goal in the first period on Saturday, giving the Caps a 2-0 lead.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season and tell me if you’ve heard this one before. It was a power play play goal from the left face-off circle. Tuukka Rask didn’t stand a chance.
Photo: Geoff Burke
This offseason felt particularly long, so I smiled extra wide on Thursday as I watched Alex Ovechkin crush Montreal Canadiens left and right. While Ovechkin didn’t score in the shootout loss, he did finish the night with six hits, tied with Brooks Orpik for the most among all skaters.
My favorite hit was Ovechkin leveling left wing Jiri Sekac. The Czech was playing in just his second career NHL game. This had to hurt.