Tuesday night, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his eighth goal of the 2018 postseason. It ended up being one of the biggest goals of his career.
Knocking a rebound out of the air past Matt Murray, Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 4-3 third-period lead with 67 seconds left. After a furious finish, the Caps would hang on to win. The goal was Ovechkin’s seventh career game-winning goal in the playoffs. The W gave the Capitals a 2-1 series lead.
After the game, Ovechkin spoke to NBC Sports’ Pierre McGuire about his huge goal, but Pierre’s first question had a factual inaccuracy.
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“First let’s talk about the overtime winner,” McGuire said. “What did you see and when did you know it was going in?”
After a pause, the Russian machine responded.
“Obviously it was not overtime,” Ovechkin said puzzled. “It was at third period in the end. I hit the post and I thought it goes in. It’s a good thing like – thanks god I did not raise my hands up — and I just finished up the play.”
This was not the first time this year a Capitals player sassed Pierre.
In December, McGuire interviewed Tom Wilson about his first career four-point game (two goals, two assists) against the Chicago Blackhawks.
“You’ve done something tonight that you’ve never done in a National Hockey League game,” McGuire said. “Do you know what it is?”
“Four points?” Wilson responded.
“That is correct,” McGuire responded. “I know you did it in minor midget.”
“I can add. I can add,” Wilson said.
McGuire would eventually find his footing during his final two questions to Ovechkin. He asked how “difficult is this series becoming?”
“Every game against Pitt is a battle,” Ovechkin said. “It’s a huge game. They’re Stanley Cup champions. They know how to play. If it’s hard, they know how to react. It’s a great challenge for our team. It’s a huge win.”
McGuire also asked about Ovechkin’s hug with TJ Oshie at the bench after scoring.
“It was just emotion,” Ovechkin said. “It doesn’t matter who score or who’s not. It’s a huge win. We’ll take it and move forward.”
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