Alex Ovechkin is on fire this season and here’s another example.
Thursday night in Boston, the Russian machine was on the ice in the third period while the Bruins had their goalie pulled. After gathering in a chip up the boards by Matt Niskanen, Ovechkin looked to hit Tom Wilson on the opposite wing with a pass.
Ovi’s pass was terrible, but instead of harmlessly caroming down the ice, the puck went into the Bruins net.
The goal call on NBC Sports Washington went like this.
Joe Beninati: “Niskanen there first for Washington. Ovechkin will clear. Alex Ovechkin using the boards…in a perfect carom. He scores!! Alex Ovechkin!”
Craig Laughlin: “On a mis-pass. I guess when you’re good, you’re good.”
Here’s another look.
Ovechkin couldn’t contain his laughter after the goal.
Nor could the Caps bench.
The goal, Ovechkin’s 580th of his career and the 22nd of the season, gives Ovechkin the same amount of even-strength tallies (16 in 33 games) that he did all of last year.
Because the empty-net goal technically counts as an even-strength tally, Alex Ovechkin has now matched the even-strength goal production (16) he had in 82 games last season. He's played 33 games so far.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) December 15, 2017
The point, Ovechkin’s 1,070th, also pushed the Russian forward ahead of Dave Taylor for 63rd all-time in NHL scoring.
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