Sabres 2, Caps 3.
Probably the most electrifying goal by Ovechkin in the last two seasons and it turned into game winning goal tonight. He had a lot of amazing goals, but this one will stick in a memory for a long time.
He scored similar goals in the first season as a rookie, but then was put under constant surveillance by opposite teams. Seems like he is getting in a good shape.
Ovechkin: "It was a pretty cool goal, it happens sometimes... :-)"
Ovechkin got hard hat tonight...
Ovechkin had 1 goal, +2, total ice time was 24:04 !!! Second game in a row he had more ice time than anybody else including defencemen. In the last game vs Rangers he had 22:02.
Average shift was 1:08. Alex also registered 3 hits. He was robbed of one goal he scored from the point because Laich got goalie interference. Another entertaining episode was when he got back with Roy on his breakaway and prevented a goal, Roy was like three steps ahead of him. Nice! Ovechkin had legs tonight...
Will he score more goals than anybody else by January 1st? That remains to be seen. You've got one day to vote before the poll will be closed. Hurry up! :-)
Go, Ovechkin! Go, go Ovechkin!
Alex Ovechkin slides on the ice after he scored a goal against Buffalo Sabres goalie Patrick Lalime (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Alex Ovechkin slides on the ice and collides with Buffalo Sabres goalie Patrick Lalime (40) after he scored a goal (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, center, of Russia, celebrates his goal with Viktor Kozlov (25), of Russia, and Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, against Buffalo Sabres goalie Patrick Lalime (40) and Henrik Tallinder (10), of Sweden, during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Ovechkin's goal was a highlight-reel effort. He pushed the puck through Henrik Tallinder's legs just inside the blue line and fired a shot past goalie Patrick Lalime while falling, giving the Capitals a 3-1 lead.
Washington improved to an Eastern Conference-best 14-1-1 at home.
Washington opened the scoring on Kozlov's hard shot from near the right boards with 2:14 left in the second period.
Ovechkin appeared to score 1:09 later, but a goalie interference call against teammate Brooks Laich negated that.
Bruce Boudreau: "This one was a determination goal by Ovechkin... Once he scored the goal that was not counted, he turned it up, he got mad..."
Brian Helmer(On Ovechkin's goal): "Yeah, I shovelled puck to him... he made a heck of a play... it's amazing what he can do... It shows how much character we have in this room... It comes directly from Ovie..."