The Capitals’ captain is scoring goals, making plays, and killing off lazy ideas about his career.
May 24, 2018
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, poses with NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and the Prince of Wales trophy after the Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 during Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (Chris O’Meara / Associated Press)
The goal Alex Ovechkin scored 62 seconds into Game 7 against the Lightning was the same goal he’s scored hundreds of times. Of all the ways this generation’s best scorer has beaten goaltenders over the last 13 years, no method has been more common than Ovechkin opening up in or above the left faceoff circle, getting a pass from across the ice, and viciously one-timing it past some poor goalie who barely had a chance.