Nic Dowd isn’t a natural goal-scorer. He’ll never lead his team in goals. But Sunday against the Boston Bruins, the fourth-line center scored a goal that would even make his senpai, Alex Ovechkin, proud.
After taking a drop pass from Carl Hagelin on an overlap, Dowd skated the puck to the left circle. Then he wound up, fired, and scored. Dowd beat Bruins goaltender Dan Vladar clean. The goal gave the Caps a 5-0 lead.
At first, Dowd seemed like a nonbeliever that it went in. He didn’t celebrate. He just stood there. And then it happened.