Alex Ovechkin had been on the ice for a minute and nineteen seconds of overtime, and I guess he figured that was enough. With a monster slapshot off the stick of Anaheim’s Brandon Montour, Ovi scored the game-winner over the far shoulder of John Gibson.
Watch this blistering beauty.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) December 17, 2017
Here’s Ovi driving up the right lane, made possible on a reset pass from John Carlson. Ovi makes his way to the outside of the faceoff circle and lets loose the shot. The puck seems to tip off Montour’s stick as it goes.
Glove kiss, game over.
Ovechkin was exhausted after scoring.
“I was trying to make a simple play,” Ovechkin told Al Koken after scoring his 99th career game-winning goal. “Just shoot it and puck goes in.”
That goal, Ovechkin’s 23rd of the season, capped off a comeback begun in the third period by Nicklas Backstrom. It also returns Ovechkin to the league’s scoring lead tied with Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov.
Meanwhile, setup man John Carlson now sits second in points among defensemen with 26, one behind Dallas’ John Klingberg.
Not bad for a Saturday night.
MVP chants at Capitol One Arena after Alex Ovechkin’s overtime goal.
— Chris Gordon (@Chris_Gordon) December 17, 2017
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