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Coming into Wednesday’s game against Ak Bars Kazan, Caps captain Alex Ovechkin had already made an impact on Dynamo Moscow’s offense. While he hasn’t tallied an Ovechtrick or gone on a Goal Explosion® yet, Ovi has scored a point in both games he’s played, skated more minutes than any other Dynamo forward, and averaged 9 shots per outing. That’s pretty darn good for a guy who hasn’t had a training camp.
On Wednesday, Ovechkin continued that hot start, notching a secondary assist on a powerplay goal by Konstantin Volkov and scoring in the shootout during Dynamo’s 3-2 (SO) comeback win over Ak Bars. He had 3 shots in 21:36 of ice time.
Highlights are below the jump.
Ovechkin’s powerplay assist is at the 3:30 mark. Ovechkin takes on three guys and almost scores (heh) at 5:42.
Ovechkin was the first player up during the shootout. He used a move that Capitals fans should be pretty familiar with: Ovi slowly skated up ice with the puck, curled to the left corner, and skated across the crease. But instead of looking five-hole or holding onto the puck until the goalie committed, Ovechkin immediately went to his backhand and shoveled the puck home.
It’s the first time I can remember Ovechkin scoring on his backhand with this move since March 13th, when the Capitals had a shootout with the New York Islanders. Ovechkin’s shootout goal is at the 1:55 mark.
If Ovechkin can find a way to further master his shootout move in Russia, maybe — just maybe — this lockout wasn’t horrible after all.
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