In complimenting Steven Stamkos on Wednesday, Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner brought up Alex Ovechkin and video games. Stamkos leads the NHL in game-winning goals with 10.
“It’s like Ovi, he comes out and he scores game-winners for us all the time. The one in overtime just the other day. That’s what those players do,” Alzner said. “They’re the game breakers on the video game.”
Ovechkin flashed game-breaker form again Thursday night, scoring in overtime to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“I don’t think it really matters who gets the game-winner as long as someone scores it,” center Marcus Johansson said. “But it’s always fun to see someone score. Ovi had some chances tonight and it was good to see the puck went in.”
It’s Ovechkin’s second OT game-winner in just over a week. It came after yet another game with the superstar on the right wing, and that paid off.
“Yeah, you know, just get both sides, just give them a different look, and that’s why he started on that side,” coach Dale Hunter said. “You know, a couple games before, he had a good toe-drag that he had a good scoring chance on, so just you know, just get more flexible with both sides.”
Ovechkin deserves some credit, but as does Dmitry Orlov for the pass that led to the goal.
“It’s a great play by him,” coach Dale Hunter said. “Vision to freeze the goalie like he did – it was a great play by him.”