It’s almost embarrassing how much better Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin is than everyone else. For those who missed it, Ovechkin raised the bar yet again Wednesday night in the Caps 4-3 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens.
In the first period Ovechkin got control of the puck near the center line. He bounced the puck off the boards while spinning the opposite way past the helpless defender. Had the play ended with that and Ovechkin scoring it would have been the goal of the night. But no, Ovechkin ends up scoring a goal from his backside. We’d try to describe it, but honestly, words wouldn’t do it justice.
On a night when the “handi-capable” penalty killing unit did everything they could to lose to a slumping Montreal team, Ovechkin’s goal helped the Caps escape with a win. And judging from the recaps, The Goal 2.0 is the lasting impression. Giving up three weak powerplay goals is merely an afterthought.
If you haven’t seen the Ovechkin highlight, stop reading this and click the video immediately. Seriously. Do it now. You’re pissing us off.
[Update: Our friends at Japers’ Rink have decided to break down the play frame-by-frame. With all that work involved, the least you could do is go check it out.]