Alex Ovechkin has done a lot of things in his career… Scoring four goals in a game, breaking his nose and continuing to play…Oh wait those were in the same game last year against Montreal. Ovechkin has already scored on his back, but you can add this to the collection:
Caps announcer Joe Beninati said it was a “top 5” goal, but I would rank it as second, behind “The Goal.” “The Goal Part 2” has pretty much everything that sums Ovechkin up as a player.
Let’s start with the loose puck in the neutral zone. Ovi out-hustles veteran and former 1st overall pick, Roman Hamrlik. Now that he’s first to the puck, what should he do? How about wait for his line-mates to lead an attack? Or maybe skate horizontally into the zone to create space like he sometimes does? Ummm, no. How about a pass to himself and spin around the defender? Okay let’s do that.
Well, now that we’ve got some space, what now? Wait? Skate east and west for that deadly Ovi wrister? Or manhandle Kyle Chipchura? Yeah, the latter of the bunch wins on this one. The Great 8 skates full speed at Carey Price, gets around Chipchura just enough for body position before he gets a nudge from the back, and slips it short side for the goal.
I doubt Ovechkin’s goal against Phoenix will ever be topped, but watching both in real time, this goal’s intensity beats out his goal back in his rookie campaign. Given that this was at home with the red-rocking crowd really made the difference.
With Ovechkin celebrating on his keister while spinning around and Chipchura winding up next to the puck in the back of the net, this goal is really a symbol of Ovechkin’s reckless playing style. Makes you wonder if Sidney Crosby anyone esle could do this.