Alex Ovechkin (G. Flume/Getty Images)
Capitals fans rejoice: Alex Ovechkin’s one-timer appears to be in mid-season form. Sunday night against the New York Islanders, Ovechkin blasted two goals on the power play that neither Thomas Greiss nor Stephon Williams had even the faintest hope of stopping. That the puck wasn’t in pieces after Ovechkin’s second goal is a minor miracle.
When Alex Ovechkin stepped into the NHL as a 20-year-old, he found his way onto highlight reels with his cannon of a slapshot and blazing speed. Now 30, Ovechkin isn’t showing even the slightest signs of age. If anything, his one-timer may have even picked up some speed over the years. And Sunday night, he used his lethal one-timer to terrorize New York Islanders netminders Thomas Greiss and Stephon Williams.
Of course, both of Ovechkin’s tallies came on the power play, with him finding his position at the top of the left-wing circle in the offensive zone. On the first of his two tallies, Ovechkin took a perfect cross-ice feed from Evgeny Kuznetsov. Listen to the sound of Ovechkin connecting with the puck, which sounds like a firecracker went off:
After the second intermission, Greiss would be swapped out of the Islanders’ net in favor of Williams. Unfortunately, the 22-year-old rookie netminder fared no better when facing down Ovechkin’s booming slapshot. Case in point, Williams’ attempt at stopping Ovechkin’s mid-third period power play blast.
Ovechkin, again set up in his shooting spot on the power play, was the recipient of a no-look pass from John Carlson. With the pass coming right into his wheelhouse, Ovechkin unloaded and if you blink you’ll miss it.
If Ovechkin’s second one-timer wasn’t perfect, it’s hard to say what exactly a perfect shot would look like. With almost no space — or time to get the shot off — Ovechkin found a sliver of daylight over Williams’ right shoulder. And you can hear the ring off the post. That the puck wasn’t destroyed on contact with the pipe is a minor miracle.
Ovechkin may be 30, but goaltenders be warned: the ‘Great 8’ doesn’t appear to be even close to slowing down.