Alex Ovechkin scored ‘The Goal’ against Brian Boucher in 2006. Boucher: ‘I think even he was in a state of bewilderment.’
Fourteen years ago, Alex Ovechkin scored one of the greatest and most improbable goals of all time. On January 16, 2006, Ovechkin slipped the puck past Pheonix Coyotes goaltender Brian Boucher on his backhand as he was falling and corkscrewing on the ice. Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky looked on from the bench stunned. The goal was the most brilliant tally of Ovechkin’s Calder Trophy-winning rookie season where he became only the second rookie ever to score 50 goals and 100 points.
Sportsnet recently caught up with Shane Doan, Brian Boucher, and several others who were there to relive the goal.