Capitals superstar left wing Alex Ovechkin … wait – make that Capitals superstar right wing Alex Ovechkin. That’s how it was for Saturday’s Game 5, as he slid over to the other side and made the switch pay off.
With Brooks Laich on the top line, coach Bruce Boudreau decided to make the move, and Ovechkin just happened to score what turned out to be the game-winning goal to eliminate the Rangers.
A natural left winger with a right-handed shot, Ovechkin skated down the right wing and beat New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist with a back-hander. And even before that Ovechkin played well on Nick Backstrom’s right.
“I like him on that side,” Boudreau said. “If he can play that side and starts to enjoy that side and then you can move him to the left side whenever you want, it makes other teams harder to put a defense pair against him.”
The Rangers matched Marc Staal and Dan Girardi against him for five games, but it didn’t really matter. Ovechkin finished with a series-best six points (three goals, three assists).
He seems to be feeling it now – no matter where he’s lining up.
“Right now it doesn’t matter where I’m gonna play,” Ovechkin said. “If it works and team gets success, I’m gonna play right wing. If it doesn’t work we always can change and Bruce can put me back on the left.”