UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) — Alex Ovechkin continued his
personal destruction of the New York Islanders.
Ovechkin scored two power-play goals Monday, including the
game-winner 1:46 into overtime, as the Washington Capitals
posted a 2-1 victory over the Islanders.
It marked the second time in as many visits to Long Island this
season that the reigning Hart Trophy winner scored in overtime
to defeat the Islanders. He also netted the game-winner in a 5-4
victory here on December 6.
“He raises the bar that he wants people to play as hard as him,”
Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. “You watch how hard he
plays. How can you not want to play with that intensity and
passion every night when he’s doing that?”
Left alone on the left doorstep, Ovechkin took a perfect
cross-ice pass from Alexander Semin for a tap-in goal to give
the Capitals their third straight victory.
“It was a sick pass,” said Ovechkin, who peppered goaltender
Yann Danis with eight shots. “It’s Semin, so he created
opportunities for me to score goals.”
“I thought I had it covered,” Danis said. “(Semin) made a good
pass and Ovechkin had an open net.”
Monday’s game-winner came after New York defenseman Brendan Witt
was called for a slashing penalty against Ovechkin 85 seconds
into the overtime.
“He broke my stick,” Ovechkin said. “That’s why (the penalty)
“I thought the penalty was pretty weak,” New York coach Scott
Gordon said. “It was one-handed. It would be one thing if it
was a two-hand slash.”
Witt insisted that he didn’t even break Ovechkin’s stick.
“I’m not that strong to do it with one hand,” he said.
New York’s complaints fell on deaf ears, and Ovechkin won it
with his fifth goal in three games against the Islanders this
season. On Monday, he registered his 30th and 31st goals to
take over the NHL’s goal-scoring lead from Philadelphia’s Jeff
Carter, who has 30.
Ovechkin joined Peter Bondra and Mike Gartner as the only
players in Capitals’ history with at least four consecutive
“There are a lot of buildings he likes to play in,” said
Washington netminder Jose Theodore, who recorded 27 saves for
his 200th career victory.
“When you get a power play at 4-on-3, that’s the time you have
to take it and win games. The guys showed character tonight.”
The Islanders earned their first point of 2009. New York, which
is just 2-17-3 in its last 22 contests, had lost its first seven
games of the calendar year.
“We’re grateful that they are having trouble scoring right now
because they would have had some great chances to score,”
Boudreau added. “But they worked really hard and you can tell
they are well-coached. It’s a matter of time before those young
guys get better. They have 8-10 guys out. It’s tough. The
Bridgeport guys were good, but it’s tough with Alex.”
The Islanders salvaged a point when rookie Kyle Okposo cashed in
a two-man advantage with 7:42 left in the third period.
“You’re looking at a pretty talented offensive team and the fact
that we were able to hold them to one goal in regulation is
pretty good,” Gordon said.
Ovechkin rifled a one-timer past Danis to open the scoring 6:35
into the contest. Danis kept the Islanders in the game with 36