To continue quoting Craig Laughlin:
Alex Ovechkin is Alex Ovechkin tonight.
The 7th shot of Alex Ovechkin @13:50 in the third makes it 3:2.
Alex Ovechkin had multiple chances tonight and finally he got it! A
I like how Ovi skated a full circle and then suddenly did 180 at the blue line to set himself free. Nice move to shake a d-man. If you've never seen him doing that before on YouTube, it means the opposite team didn't either, that is very positive.
What I would add if I were Ovi (haha); I would do the same sudden break before shooting when hiding behind the d-man. Everybody knows that Ovi is going to shoot, so opposing player closes on him and tries to block his stick. If Ovi would stop suddenly, it would create an extra space, and d-man won't be able to block Ovi's wrister. Kind of like what Fedorov did in the playoffs vs. Rangers (see below).
Ovi's stats after the 1st:
Total ice time 07:09, 7 shifts, average 01:01, PP 01:40, even 05:29, 4 shots on goal, 1 missed, 1 hit, 1 takeaway
1st and 2nd:
-1, total ice time 13:33, 13 shifts, average 01:02, PP 03:26, even 10:07, 4 shots on goal, 1 missed, 1 hit, 1 takeaway
shots on goal: 0
Ovi had less ice time in the 2nd, as he had zero shots on goal maybe as a result.
1 goal, total ice time 18:06, 19 shifts, average 00:57, PP 04:25, short handed 00:08, even 13:33, 7 shots on goal, 1 missed, 1 hit, 1 takeaway
shots on goal: 3
In the third Ovi finally scored. He had less shifts and less icetime in the third, but probably because Caps got a 2 goal lead before the 10 minute mark in the third.
Enjoy it. Boy, it feels like it has been an eternity since Ovi scored the last time!
That definitely looked like "diving call" for Neil. Why? Because even if it was an accidental spear, it was sideways, not a front thrusting spear that Danny Briere did on Ovechkin.
Here's what Neil said afterwards via Ottawa Sun:
“Obviously (the referees’) eyes weren’t on that play. I don’t see (Ovechkin) as that type of player and we played each other hard the rest of the night.”