Awesome goal by Ovi! Why awesome? Because there's no way you can stop these kind of goals. This is what Ovi needs to do, to go to the net, score on rebounds. It is one area Ovi hasn't explore much, hasn't excel yet. Crosby did because Crosby has no wrister, no slapper, no choice. As of "vintage Ovechkin" goals, they will come naturally along the way.
Here is what Zubrus says about Ovechkin "being solved" to nhl.com/ru (in Russian):
Q.: A lot of talk in the media about Ovechkin being solved by the opposing teams, they know all his moves, especially the one... Do you agree with that?
I haven't heard about that and... I doubt it, to be honest. He has lots of moves... To solve this player... even if you solve him, he, instead of skating around you, will go through you... So...(shaking his head) Let them say whatever they want.
And this is exactly what Ovi did, he went through Adam Larsson.
Watch Happy 19th Birthday to Adam Larsson from Alex Ovechkin @0:30
It was a good hit. He got me a little bit in my mouth with his shoulder. I was a little bit out for a minute. I have to learn to keep my head up next time.
Devils coach Pete Deboer agreed:
It looked clean from the bench to me. A clean open-ice hit. He's a tough kid. He won't make that mistake again. That's one of those first time through the league mistakes you don't make twice."
1 goal, +1, total ice time 20:25, 22 shifts, average shift 00:55, PP 05:26, even 14:59, 2 shots on goal, 2 attempts missed, 2 hits, 1 shot blocked, 1 faceoff lost