At some point in his career, one would expect the human highlight reel known as Alex Ovechkin to slow down, right? Well, if that’s coming the ‘Great 8’ certainly isn’t showing any signs as he scored yet another jaw-dropping goal, this time embarrassing Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman en route to the game-tying goal Friday.
Midway through the third period, the Capitals were trailing the Lighting 3-2 while on the power play. Somehow, the Lightning let Ovechkin get wide open along the blueline and he was the recipient of a chip pass from Jason Chimera.
Ovechkin had tons of room, but instead of firing a long-range blast, he decided to pull the puck tight to his body to dance around Stralman. With Stralman now chasing the play, Ovechkin shifted the puck back to his forehand and rifled a quick shot over the pad of Tampa Bay netminder Ben Bishop:
The marker was Ovechkin’s second of the game after he tallied Washington’s first goal of the game in the second frame, and his game-tying goal further shifted the game’s momentum. Less than four minutes after Ovechkin scored — and with the Capitals back on the power play — Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie and Marcus Johansson combined to score an incredible goal to put Washington ahead.
Oshie, who scored the second goal of the evening, would put the capper on the night with an empty-netter with 25 seconds remaining as the Capitals skated to a 5-3 win.
Ovechkin finished the contest with four points — two goals, two assists — and it marked the 21st time in his career, and first time this season, he has found the score sheet at least four times. Ovechkin now has 16 goals and 29 points on the season, putting him on pace for yet another 40-goal campaign. If he scores 40 goals this season, it will be the ninth time in 10 full seasons that Ovechkin has potted at least 40 goals.
(Video via SomeHockeyVideos)