Tuesday night, Evgeny Kuznetsov continued his dominance in three-on three overtime, registering his league-leading 38th primary assist of the season on Alex Ovechkin’s game-winning goal. And it happened on Russian Heritage Night at Verizon Center.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 41st goal of the season and 516th goal of his career in the first period of Caps-Maple Leafs game. Unlike many of the 515 tallies that preceded this one, Ovi didn’t really have to do anything.
Ovechkin’s Swedish BFF, Nicklas Backstrom, did all the hard work, authoring a brilliant saucer pass — on his backhand — right into Ovi’s wheel house. The Russian Machine then one-timed the puck home past Jonathan Bernier to give the Caps a 2-0 lead.
Brouwer Power. (Photo credit: @recordsANDradio)
When Panthers center Drew Shore scored his crazy, mid-air, ricochet goal and gave Florida a 5-3 lead, all seemed lost for the Washington Capitals this night. But this isn’t the same team of a few weeks ago. Eric Fehr scored on a rebound in front of the net. Alex Ovechkin tied it up with a beautiful wrist shot from the point on the powerplay. And Troy Brouwer got all Herculean and won the game in overtime.
Video is below the jump.