After scoring the first goal of the second-round series between the Capitals and Rangers, Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin taunted New York netminder Henrik Lundqvist between whistles. Ovechkin would factor into both Capitals goals in a 2-1 victory, scoring the first one and assisting on Joel Ward’s last-second marker to win Game 1.
Alex Ovechkin has one of the biggest personalities in hockey. Be it a huge goal celebration or a ridiculous post-game interview, Ovechkin usually doesn’t go too long between news-making clips that are worth a laugh. In Game 1 of the second-round series between the Capitals and Rangers, the first period wasn’t even over before Ovechkin made his mark with a huge goal and an even better taunt of New York netminder Henrik Lundqvist.
During the first intermission of Thursday’s Game 1, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman pointed out that if you listened closely to Ovechkin’s first shift post-game-opening goal you could hear very clearly that Ovechkin was using a bit of gamesmanship to get under the skin of Lundqvist. Less than a minute after he had found the back of the net, Ovechkin skated past the Rangers’ net and let Lundqvist know that he was going to be firing shots at him for the duration of the series:
Even if you’re not a fan of Ovechkin’s, it’s hard to deny he had every right to skate by Lundqvist and try to get under the goaltender’s skin. After all, the goal Ovechkin scored was a blistering wristshot that went in and out of the net so quickly that if you blinked you would have missed it. The shot looked full-speed even during the slowed down instant replay.
Ovechkin’s tally stood as the only goal of the game until late in the third period when New York’s Jesper Fast tied the game 1-1. With 1.3 seconds remaining in the game, Washington’s Joel Ward scored the game-winning goal with an assist from — you guessed it — Ovechkin.