Once upon a time, Alex Ovechkin took more shots than anyone in the league. Now Brent Burns holds that title, and the buzz is that Ovi has lost a step. On Tuesday night, the Great Eight heard that buzz and did something about it.
He had put 10 shots on net, but none beat Calgary goalie Brian Elliott. But then a late game penalty gave him one more shot, and Ovi decided he was not gonna blow his … shot.
Ovi started with the puck, but Mike Stone crowded the lane. Ovi pumped and passed across the slot, getting caught in traffic en route. Nick Backstrom tracked it down and reset it to Kevin Shattenkirk, who made a lovely pass to the Ovi Spot.
Ovi sunk it on his 11th shot.
He now sits at 29 goals on the season, one behind linemate TJ Oshie.
— Byron J. Hudtloff (@ByronHudtloff) March 22, 2017
Even before the goal, it was a stellar night for Washington’s star. Aside from the double-digit shots, a season high, Ovechkin got primary assists on the Oshie and Shattenkirk goals.
Speaking to CSN’s Al Koken after the game, Ovechkin emphasized the importance of this spot in the season. “I think it’s time to find our game, be in best shape, be focused.”
Check, check, and check.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 22, 2017
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