The Washington Capitals lost to the New York Rangers tonight, but dammit, the Caps gave them one hell of a fight in the third. Down 3-0, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a pretty seven-hole goal. Then Alex Ovechkin brought Washington within one after a power-play goal from The Ovi Spot.
Normally those goals are boring– if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all. But not this one. Let me explain.
After taking a no-look pass from John Carlson, Ovechkin side-stepped and unleashed a shot that hit both posts.
You don’t see many shots beat Henrik Lundqvist clean, but Ovi’s a different breed.
The goal was the Russian machine’s 16th of the season and 438th in his career. It pushes Ovechkin past Pavel Bure as the third most ever amongst Russians. Only Sergei Fedorov (483) and Alex Mogilny (473) have more.