Alex Ovechkin’s pretty breakaway goal extends his lead in the NHL’s scoring race

Capitals star winger Alex Ovechkin had a one-goal lead on Rangers winger Rick Nash entering Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh – and Washington’s captain extended that lead with a pretty breakaway goal on Marc-Andre Fleury.

Capitals star winger Alex Ovechkin entered Tuesday night’s game against the Penguins with a one-goal lead over Rangers winger Rick Nash. But he extended that lead after taking advantage of a Penguins defensive collapse and converted a beautiful breakaway goal on Marc-Andre Fleury.

The play took place late in the first period with Washington on the power play and both teams still looking for their first goal: the penalty was on the verge of expiring, and a bad line change by the Pens allowed Ovechkin to skate unmolested through the middle of the ice, directly at Fleury. The 29-year-old made the rest look easy, going to his backhand and flipping the puck up into the net:

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The Capitals have 24 games to play after their showdown with the Penguins, and Ovechkin needs 14 more goals to match his 51-goal output from last season. With three goals and five points in Washington’s two games prior Tuesday’s game, he’s looking like a solid bet to get there.