He had ruined an odd-man rush with an ill-timed interference minor and had made more trips to the penalty box than he had shots.
Then came overtime — and redemption.
“Only Alex can play like he did and score the overtime goal and be the hero. Go ask him how he played. He’ll tell you: Not so good,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. “But he got the overtime goal and that’s what superstars do. That’s why he’s out in the last minute, because he’s got the ability to win you a game.”
The Senators had limited Ovechkin to two shots before he skated down the right wing, got a half-stride on defenseman Chris Phillips and uncorked a wrist shot from the right circle that slipped past goalie Pascal Leclaire for his third goal of the season.
Ovechkin readily acknowledged it wasn’t his most impressive effort. But he avoided being held without a point for the first time this season in dramatic fashion.
“Shoot the puck and puck goes in,” Ovechkin said. “Pretty lucky.”
In a heartbeat, any frustration the Capitals were feeling about allowing Ottawa to tie the game with 12:40 left in regulation was erased.
“I was kind of getting ready for a shootout,” said Washington goalie Michal Neuvirth, who made 29 saves. “But then (Ovechkin) scored. I was maybe the happiest guy in the building. That was a huge goal for us and a huge win.”
“Tonight was more organized and we supported each other better,” Shannon said. “We stayed together on the ice and didn’t get spread out, so it seemed like we weren’t as tired as the game went on. … We hung with them.”View Entire Story
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