Just as you all predicted, Alex Ovechkin was the scorer of the game-winner in his first game back from his four-game unavailability/suspension/whatever due to COVID-19 protocols.
Scant seconds into overtime, Ovi beat Boston goalie Tuukka Rask on a solo effort.
After blowing a 3-0 lead to the Bruins, the Caps regrouped in overtime. On his first attack, Ovechkin surged up the ice and released a quick-release wristshot with some lift. Rask straight-up misplayed it.
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That’s career goal 708, tying Mike Gartner. It was also Ovi’s 111th career game-winning goal (passing Brett Hull and Teemu Selanne for fourth place in NHL history) and his 24th career OT goal in the regular season (an NHL record).
Ovechkin was joined in celebration by his teammates.
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Since his suspension due to breaking COVID-19 protocols, Ovechkin had gone ten days without skating. “I thought it would be worse,” Ovechkin said to Joe Beninati after the game.
Nope. Not bad at all.
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