Ovechkin nabs nifty goal in Caps' shootout win
Alex Ovechkin's latest how-did-he-do-that goal was preceded by his newest move - a how-did-he-do-that pass to himself.
How did he do that?
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The NHL's reigning MVP used his backhand to bank the puck off the boards to get around Roman Hamrlik at the blue line, skated through the faceoff circle and kept going even after he was hooked and jabbed off his skates by Kyle Chipchura.
Sliding toward the crease, Ovechkin then poked the puck past the right pad of goaltender Carey Price to create another YouTube instant classic.
Who cares about the final score? The only thing to remember from the Washington Capitals' 4-3 shootout victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night will be Ovechkin's league-leading 42nd goal of the season.
"It shouldn't surprise any of us," teammate Mike Green said. "He loves to score, and he's going to score no matter how it goes in - if it's on his stomach, back, whatever, he's going to try to score. I think I was more impressed with the backhand around the defenseman."
Chipchura's momentum dislodged the net after the puck went in, while Ovechkin remained sitting on the ice to receive a mob of celebrating teammates. Ever the showman, he put his hand to his ear to encourage the crowd's cheers after a replay was shown on the video scoreboard.
The goal ranks in the same league as Ovechkin's sliding, stick-behind-the-head classic against the Phoenix Coyotes on Jan. 16, 2006, one of the all-time favorites.