That Alex Ovechkin is a monster. People compare him to a young Mark Messier, and he absolutely is all of that with more of a pure goal-scorer’s skills than Messier had. That combo of speed and strength and mean and skill is rare indeed.
That said, the Rangers did a pretty good job on him, and when the three stars were announced I thought Paul Mara should have been at the top of that list. He was in Ovechkin’s face all night long, and Ovechkin in his. The big guy didn’t score until the skills competition (he didn’t put on his hat and sunglasses for this one). Callahan defintely earned the star he got, but Mara should have gotten one. I don’t normally pay much attention to that post-game tradition because the selection process is pretty flawed, but this time I thought it was pretty clear who did the best job during the first 65 minutes.
I want to thank Rangers for that game, without them showing up it wouldn't be that exciting. The fights were excellent, Caps won both, but have to mention Orr, he was very well prepared for that one. Next time he should take a sick day because Brash would be prepared as much as Orr was. Some association with Orr and punching bag might come up, if he won't get sudden case of flu. And I am so glad for Matt. He did real well, professor Bradley doesn't often win the fights lately, so good for him.
Ovie definitely didn't have his best day, doesn't help that he shaved before the game, but he managed to register 13 hits and one assist, not to mention a goal in shootout. When he is shadowed and can't score, he'll hit you, when he scores a lot he might not hit you, but when he scores and hits you... be scared... be scared...
Total ice time: 20:37, average shift: 00:51, 5 shots on goal.
And Mike Green Awesome Score Machine stole the show, of course... Nice! The age of machines has come...
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