On January 16th, 2006, Alex Ovechkin scored his most memorable goal to date.
While falling and twirling around, Ovi took a “simply sensational” shot to beat Arizona Coyotes goaltender Brian Boucher. The goal also happened in front of one of the greatest players in NHL history, Wayne Gretzky, who was the Pheonix Coyotes coach at the time.
Thursday, Brian Boucher, the goalie Ovi scored on, wished him “Happy anniversary.”
— Brian Boucher (@BrianBoucher33) January 16, 2020
On the 10-year anniversary of ‘The Goal,’ CSN Mid Atlantic aired a video during the first intermission of the Caps-Sabres game, where players and media who witnessed it recounted what the moment was like.
“I didn’t see the puck go in because I was on my back,” Ovechkin said to The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan on the 10th anniversary of ‘The Goal.’ “I had to look if I didn’t hit the boards or get injured, so I look up and I see [Boyd Gordon] and [Brendan Witt] came to me and start like, celebrate, so I have to go and see and look what happened, how I did it.”
“For that moment, it was just an unbelievable time,” Ovechkin continued. “My dream was come true. I was playing in the NHL, I did kind of a special goal and Gretzky was there as well.”
Gretzky wasn’t the only memorable name in attendance for ‘The Goal.’ An eight-year-old Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs was at Glendale Arena when Ovechkin netted the historic tally.
“I was there, yeah,” Matthews told Sportsnet. “It was unbelievable. That was back when I think Gretzky was coaching. He was just looking up. He couldn’t believe it. I think everybody up in the stands – nobody really cheered – they really couldn’t get their heads wrapped around what just happened.”
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