Four minutes into the third period, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin nearly tied the game with a brilliant individual effort. After getting a perfect pass from Troy Brouwer, Ovechkin churned his legs and went solo against Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz.
Schultz had plenty of space and read Ovi perfectly– at least at first. But when you reach with your stick against one of the greats instead of taking the body, you might get burned.
The Great Eight put the puck through his own legs, leaned his shoulder past Schultz, and went in alone on goal. Ovechkin failed to get the puck past Ben Scrivens, but what a wonderful individual effort.
Ovechkin didn’t have a shot on goal until the third period, but finished the game with two shots and three blocks– a valiant late effort in a losing campaign.