Alex Ovechkin (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Alex Ovechkin may be 30, but don’t go thinking he’s going to be slowing down anytime soon. In Washington’s home-opener, Ovechkin broke down the ice, undressed New Jersey blueliner John Moore before burying a wrist shot past Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid.
Believe it or not, this is the 10th season of Alex Ovechkin’s career. But if you think that means the ‘Great 8’ is slowing down, you couldn’t be more wrong.
With the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils tied 2-2 in the third period, Ovechkin picked the puck up in his own zone, broke up the ice with a head of steam and scored exactly the type of highlight-reel goal that put him on the map early in his career.
Streaking down the left wing, Ovechkin faked to the inside, slipped the puck between his own legs and darted around Devils defenseman John Moore. With about 10 feet of ice between Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid and Ovechkin, the Capitals sniper swung the puck back to his forehand and roofed it over Kinkaid’s glove:
If you were to go back through Ovechkin’s career highlights, goals scored in similar fashion would litter the film. Moore isn’t the first defenseman to be victimized by this move from Ovechkin, and the Devils blueliner won’t be the last.
Ovechkin’s goal, though the go-ahead tally at the time, wouldn’t stand as the game-winner. Ovechkin did, however, register the primary assist on the game-winning marker. On a Capitals power play little more than six minutes after his goal, Ovechkin stung Moore with a one-timer before picking up a loose puck and deking toward the net. Ovechkin was looking for a shot on goal, but the puck rolled off of his stick and found its way onto the stick of Marcus Johansson.