Alex Ovechkin has long been criticized for his play away from the puck. On Sunday his tenacious forechecking in the Blues zone led to his second goal of the game (see his first) and his 31st of the season.
This one is GIF beautiful.
Sunday’s game between the St Louis Blues and Washington Capitals has been surprisingly physical. Big hits punctuated the first period, including one that caused an injury to Shattenkirk, but this dirty boarding by David Backes on Karl Alzner was the worst yet.
It’s pretty simple in its dirtiness. Alzner skated to the puck at the boards. Backes lined up and hit him right in the numbers, smearing Alzner’s face into the glass.
In what will end up being my favorite “Whoops, my bad” moment from today’s game, Troy Brouwer checked official Darren Gibbs into the Caps bench.
During a first-period power play, Brooks Laich battled with PK Subban for position in front of the Habs net. These types of little skirmishes happen all the time in hockey, but I’m writing today because Laich’s confrontation with Subban got particularly gruesome.
At one point, to clear Laich from the crease, Subban punched the Capital in the chest and knocked him over. Later, Laich got Subban back by pitchforking him in a sensitive spot. As Subban skated away, Laich performed an unscheduled inspection on Subban’s protective gear. Nutcracker.
While Alex Ovechkin did not have his strongest showing in the Breakaway Challenge, he was awesome in the Hardest Shot competition. Ovechkin posted his fastest attempt ever, 101.4 MPH, which he accomplished twice.
As we learned during the Winter Classic, any NHL footage authored by GoPro cameras is awesome. That’s why we’re happy to hear that the two companies have partnered up. Today, the NHL and GoPro simultaneously released a video showing some of the world’s best hockey players wearing the cameras and basically showing off. The footage is freaking incredible. Even the Sidney Crosby part, which is like the entire video.
Also, Alex Ovechkin‘s in it too for like two seconds. And he wags his tongue. Appropriate.
Even though Evgeny Kuznetsov is goalless in his last 12 games and scoreless in his last seven, he’s been dangerous lately every time he’s had the puck on his stick. On Wednesday night, the Capitals’ debonair dangler deked Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth onto his rear and scored a most beautiful shootout goal.
(Someone had to do some paralyzing since Matt Hendricks didn’t get an attempt.)
When the Caps went on the power play in the second period, Braden Holtby showed off another part of his game that we adore: his offense. After an Oiler shot a puck on net, Holtby gloved the puck out of the air, threw it to the ice, and chucked a 110-foot pass to Troy Brouwer at the opposing blue line.
Dude wanted his seventh career assist.
That black disc-like thing is the puck.
Alex Ovechkin scored again.
Twice actually. In the first period alone. The second one destroyed the net cam.
The Capitals lost both games of their back-to-back this weekend, but Alex Ovechkin did all he could to keep the Caps close. Against Predators on Friday night, Ovechkin scored two goals in the second period to erase a two-goal hole. The next night in Dallas, Ovechkin scored a breakaway goal twenty seconds into the third period to tie the game.
That one was a beauty.