Don’t poke the bear or you will feel its wrath.
Alex Ovechkin was accidentally high-sticked in the face by Devils defenseman Dmitry Kulikov in the second period. After checking to see if his remaining chiclets were still there (they were), Ovechkin took to the ice for the Capitals power play.
He scored 11 seconds later.
The Devils opted to play zone with a man dedicated to Ovechkin on the penalty kill. Nicklas Backstrom skated the puck to the net and unleashed a shot that trickled through MacKenzie Blackwood’s pads. Ovechkin slammed the puck into the net for his 19th goal of the season. He sits five goals behind Auston Matthews (24) for the league lead.
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— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 4, 2021
The goal was Ovechkin’s 725th goal of his career and his 265th career power-play marker, tying him second for all-time with Brett Hull.
— Here's Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay) April 4, 2021
Ovechkin is now six goals behind Marcel Dionne (731) for the fifth-most in NHL history.
We are witnessing gr8ness, people.
Screenshot courtesy of NBC Sports Washington
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