Sunday, December 21, 2014
Backstrom Leads in Points, Ovechkin Scores Goal of the Year
The Washington Capitals tolerated one period of boring New Jersey Devils-style hockey before they unleashed the fury. Lifted by goals from the Young Guns– Green, Backstrom, and Ovi– the less-boring team won this one soundly.
The Capitals struck twice in the second period, first with a furious slapper from Mike Green and then by Nick Backstrom’s patient wrister set up by Jay Beagle.
Alex Ovechkin scored a career-highlight goal seven minutes into the third period, executing the Ovi Move on two Devils defenders before backhanding the puck over Cory Schneider. Nick Backstrom added an empty netter in garbage time to celebrate his tenth goal — and team-leading 34th point (and he's now fifth in the league with 24 assists).
Braden Holtby earned his second shutout of the season– his first since game two in Boston. 19 saves on 19 shots. He rules.
The goal was only Ovechkin’s third over the past 11 games.
“When you feel good, everything is working well,” Ovechkin said. “Those kind of moments happen. Just [tried] to make a move and it was working, so . . . good play.”
The goal is Ovechkin’s 437th. He’s now tied with Pavel Bure as the third highest scoring Russian, behind Fedorov and Mogilny, whom I bet he’ll catch next season. Ovechkin is now the 66th highest scorer in NHL history (again, tied with Pavel).